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Masterful McConnell Leads UA over OSU 57-34

January 30th, 2015 News No Comments

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Arizona exacted revenge over Oregon State, stifling them all game in a 57-34 blowout. The Wildcats were led by their senior point guard TJ McConnell, who was brilliant with 7 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and an absurd 8 steals. McConnell had 5 of those steals before halftime, and he was instrumental in setting the defensive tone all night.

The Wildcats shot only 40% on field goal attempts, but held the Beavers to just 28% on 14 of 49 shooting. Arizona forced numerous bad shots and frustrated Oregon State’s star guard Gary Payton II into 3 of 13 from the field.

Brandon Ashley was active and aggressive, leading the team with 12 points and some crafty interior moves.

Stanley Johnson cooled off a bit, scoring 8 points but also contributing 9 rebounds. Johnson was a physical mismatch all night and pounded Oregon State on the interior.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was the only Wildcat besides Ashley to break double figures, scoring 11 points on 3 of 7 shooting and 5 of 5 from the free throw line. Hollis-Jefferson played spectacular defense and protected the rim with his shot blocking ability.

Ashley, Johnson, and Hollis-Jefferson all played 32 minutes, a team high. McConnell did his damage in just 30 minutes.

Arizona forced 17 turnovers and led the game for over 33 minutes. The Wildcats also outscored Oregon State 30-14 in the paint, while giving up 0 fast break points.

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