Frye tallies 37 points, eight rebounds in annual Pepsi Red-Blue Game
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona men’s basketball held its Red-Blue Game in front of 7,211 at McKale Center Sunday afternoon.
Prior to the scrimmage, Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson said that he wanted to keep a competitive atmosphere in the first half by creating evenly-matched teams.
Olson and his coaching staff did just that, as evidenced by seven ties and four lead changes in the opening half.
The first half came to a close with the Blue team ahead 49-48, despite trailing by as many as 15 points. The Red team, coached by associate head coach Jim Rosborough, jumped out to a 21-6 lead behind senior Channing Frye and sophomore Mustafa Shakur, who finished the half with 16 points and seven assists, respectively.
Olson also commended his point guard both for his overall play, as well as his defensive effort. “I thought Mustafa’s line was a good one, with the boards, assists and steals,” Olson said. “Steals are great because you’re anticipating and you’re acting. When you look at the steals, with Chris (Rodgers) with six and Mustafa with five, I think that shows very good alertness on the defensive end.”
Junior Isaiah Fox, who has been recovering from knee surgery, pulled down 10 rebounds in the first half; six of them coming on the offensive end. Fox’s total of 14 boards on the day made him the only Wildcat with a double-digit rebounding total in the scrimmage.
“We obviously still have a lot of work to do,” said Olson. “What we wanted to do in the second half was put the guys together that have been the best in practice situations.”
Frye scored a game-high 37 points, while converting 11 of 13 free throws. The two teams combined to make 37 of 45 free throws for the game.
Verdejo, who remained on the Blue team for the entire contest led his team with 27.