Arizona closed out Chico State 90-54 in the Wildcats’ exhibition debut, getting some big boosts from the newcomers.
The two transfers, Ryan Anderson and Mark Tollefsen, both made significant contributions. Anderson led the way for Arizona with 19 points and 10 rebounds, showing a fierceness on the interior. Tollefsen proved to be a versatile defender while also displaying the ability to stretch the floor on offense.
Freshman Allonzo Trier was an offensive spark off the bench, scoring 13 points with 6 rebounds on 3 of 6 shooting.
Senior Gabe York also did damage in the backcourt, converting 5 of 8 field goals for 13 points and 5 rebounds.
After starting Kadeem Allen, York, Tollefsen, Anderson, and Kaleb Tarczewski, Sean Miller utilized 11 different players. Sophomore Parker Jackson-Cartwright came off the bench, but played with players from the first unit frequently.
Anderson was a force all game long, and was extremely efficient making 8 of 9 field goals and 3 of 4 from the free throw line. He also played a key role on defense, blocking 3 shots.
Arizona had a rough night shooting the three pointer, going 2 of 13 on long distance shots. However, they shot 59.3% (32 of 54) from the field, and scored points in bunches.
Senior Kaleb Tarczewski had 12 points in his exhibition debut, and figures to be a big part of Arizona’s offense this season. He also pulled in 4 rebounds.
Arizona opened the game on a 12-0 run, but a resilient Chico State team kept things close until the second half. With 7 first half turnovers, the Wildcats’ offense didn’t start clicking until they blew the game open in the second period. Arizona continued to widen the gap, increasing the lead to 39 at one point.