Arizona once again started slow, but kicked into gear with two major runs that separated them from Gardner-Webb in a 91-65 win.
Gardner-Webb played confidently, hitting outside shots although not being known as a strong shooting team. The bulldogs hit 10 three pointers, including 5 from point guard Tyler Strange.
An 11-0 Wildcat run to end the first half seemed to deflate GWU, who began to go cold after a hot start. But the second half started like the first, with Gardner-Webb rattling off 13 points in three minutes.
However, the Arizona offense started clicking mid way through the second half, at one point hitting 11 straight field goals. Much of the offensive flow was created by Arizona’s two point guards, who combined for 15 assists. Senior TJ McConnell had 5 points, 8 assists, and 3 rebounds, while freshman Parker Jackson-Cartwright contributed 5 points, 7 assists, and 3 rebounds in just 13 minutes.
Perhaps most impressive about Arizona’s point guard play was that the duo of McConnell and Jackson-Cartwright combined for just 1 turnover in 40 minutes.
With 15 minutes to play, Arizona held a one point lead at 45-44. Over the next 7 minutes, Arizona blasted GWU with a 27-5 run and firmly put the game away.
Freshman Stanley Johnson was once again an offensive spark with 18 points. Johnson shot 6 of 9 from the field, including 3 of 4 from the three point line.
Junior Gabe York also had 18 points, attacking early and often throughout the game. York hit three shots from beyond the arc and 6 of 10 overall.
Arizona outrebounded Gardner-Webb 43-27, and racked up 33 bench points.