Boise State came out guns blazing, hitting timely three pointers while playing with intensity all game, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to over come Arizona as the Wildcats prevailed 88-76.
Senior Gabe York was hot on offense, scoring 23 points on 7 of 12 shooting. York hit 4 of 7 from beyond the three point line as well as 5 of 5 from the free throw line in a team high 34 minutes. York was also active on defense with a steal and a block.
York buoyed Arizona in the first half, scoring 15 in the period. Sophomore Parker Jackson-Cartwright was also a major boost off the bench, chipping in 12 first half points. Jackson-Cartwright had an efficient scoring night, converting 5 of 6 from the field, 2 of 2 from three, and 2 of 2 free throws.
It was Trier who carried Arizona in the second half, as his aggressive style of play earned Arizona points and momentum. 11 of his 13 points came in the second period, when he came alive with his attacking style of play. Trier hit 4 of 7 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line.
Kadeem Allen once again started at point guard, scoring 10 points with a team high 6 assists. Allen also converted 4 of 7 from the field while also forcing 2 steals.
Ryan Anderson had an injury scare in the second half when he rolled an ankle and went to the locker room, but he returned to finish the game with 8 points and 15 rebounds.
Boise State was led by James Webb III’s 29 points and 9 rebounds, as well as Nick Duncan who scored 21 points while also hitting 5 three pointers.
Arizona’s bench was once again big, scoring 38 points and providing sustained production. Boise State’s bench scored just 3 points.
The team also shot the ball well, converting 32 of 59 (54%) field goals and 10 of 21 (47%) from three point distance. The Wildcats also scored 12 points off 10 Boise State turnovers.