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Cats Fierce in 99-60 Win vs Cal

March 5th, 2015 News No Comments

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Arizona was red hot all night, feasting in a 99-60 destruction of the California Bears.

The Wildcats were 38 of 67 from the field, good for 56.7%. They were led by Brandon Ashley, who was on fire on his way to 21 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He also collected 6 rebounds and hit 5 of 6 attempts from the free throw line.

Ashley carried Arizona in the first half, scoring 15 of his points in the opening period. He was even on pace with the entire California team in terms of made baskets through the early going of the game.

Arizona also got a lift from senior TJ McConnell, who had 8 points, 11 assists, and 4 rebounds on 4 of 5 field goal attempts. He scored all of his points in the second half, as the crowd rang out MVP chants to the probable conference player of the year. Best of all, McConnell finished with 0 turnovers in 25 minutes.

Kaleb Tarczewski had another good game, scoring 14 points with 8 rebounds. Tarczewski led the team with 3 offensive rebounds, and converted 5 of 9 attempts from the field.

The Wildcats were lethal down low, scoring 42 points in the paint. They also forced 16 turnovers, making Cal pay with 22 points off them. Arizona got out in transition more than usual, chipping in 12 fast break points.

Arizona’s bench was a major factor, contributing 34 points. Gabe York and Dusan Ristic both had 11 points as reserves, going 4 of 8 and 5 of 8 from the field, respectively. Ristic also had 8 rebounds in just 18 minutes.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was a defensive force as usual, collecting 4 steals. He also had 10 points to go along with 2 rebounds and a block.

With the win, Arizona clinched outright ownership of the conference crown.

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