Led by a career high 20 points from Dusan Ristic, Arizona outbattled the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels 82-70 at McKale Center.
Ristic was a force and kept the Wildcats afloat early on, eviscerating the UNLV defense for 16 points on 5 of 7 shooting just in the first half alone. The sophomore also added 2 blocks in just 25 minutes.
Arizona got contributions from a number of players, with 4 others in double figures scoring. Ryan Anderson was once again one of the Wildcats’ best players, chipping in 17 points and 13 rebounds. Anderson was his typically aggressive self, converting 9 of 11 attempts at the free throw line.
Allonzo Trier continued his solid play with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block in 31 minutes. Trier attacked the basket and exploited the Rebels in transition, proving too shifty for UNLV to stop.
Kadeem Allen played a great game, showcasing his athleticism and intensity on both ends of the floor. Allen had 15 points and 5 assists to go along with 2 steals and a block. Allen’s activity was critical to Arizona fending off numerous challenges by UNLV. He also made 5 of 7 from the free throw line.
Gabe York also hit double digit scoring with 11 points. Arizona only had 4 bench points, but abused UNLV on the interior for 42 bench points. The Wildcats hit 25 of 48 field goal attempts (52.1%) and 29 of 39 free throws (74.4%)
There were 4 lead changes in the game, and the game remained close until Arizona separated in the second half. UNLV held the lead early, and showed resolve in fighting back when the Wildcats rattled off momentum shifting runs.
Arizona led the game for over 30 minutes.