Junior Daniel Dillon and sophomore Mohamed Tangara combined for 25 points and seven rebounds to lead the Wildcats to a 76-61 exhibition win over the
Dillon, a 6-foot-3 guard from
His point total for the game was six points better than his career high. Dillon was one of the few Wildcats to look comfortable in the first game of this five-game tour in
“We’re playing my kind of game,” said Dillon smiling. “I like the extended three-point line and the (trapezoidal) lane. I felt good out there, but we definitely have some adjustments to make.”
UA head coach Lute Olson agreed.
“I thought our best player today was Daniel Dillon,” he said. “He did a great job with pressure. He shot it well and he took the shots he should. Daniel had the kind of game we need.”
Tangara, a 6-foot-9 forward from
“We had a lot of easy shots inside that just didn’t go in,” Olson said. “We didn’t do a good job of finishing. We need to get a more solid performance out of the inside guys.”
The Wildcats and Huskies traded baskets for the first 10 minutes of the second half before
UA started slowly in the first half with the veterans hitting just one of its first seven shots, and saw the game tied at four five minutes into the contest. The bright spot early on was Kirk Walters, who blocked three of
Led by freshman Jordan Hill, the UA newcomers responded by outscoring the Huskies 11-6 in their five-minute allotment to give the Cats its first lead of the game on a Chase Budinger field goal with 14:11 to go in the half.
Nearly two minutes later, Hill ignited a 13-0 UA run over the next 4:31 that saw the lead extended to 19-10. Hill scored five points in the run, and nine of the 13 points were tallied by the Wildcat newcomers. He finished the game with nine points, six boards and a pair of blocked shots.
Tangara scored four points over the final 2:54 of the first half, including a put-back at the buzzer to give the Wildcats a 33-24 lead at the break. Both teams struggled from the floor to open the game.
“The key will be to see how much we improve between this game and the one we play tonight,” said Olson.
LATE NIGHT, EARLY MORNING: The Wildcats arrived in
THEY ARE EVERYWHERE: No matter where the team travels, Wildcat fans always seem to be in attendance. Saturday was no different as about 40 people were in attendance wearing the Cardinal and Navy at tip-off.
IT’S GOTTA BE THE SHOES: Guard Nic Wise played Saturday’s game in what can only be described as a fashionable pair of basketball shoes. When asked if he had forgotten his game shoes, Wise just shrugged his shoulders, smiled and said, “Yeah,” very quietly.
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