Nov. 21, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona Wildcat men's basketball dominated on offense to take down the Northern Colorado Bears, 93-70, at McKale Center on Sunday in the first round of the iBN Sports Las Vegas Invitational.
The Wildcats move to 3-0 as the Bears fall to 2-1.
Head coach Sean Miller saw a balanced attack, offensively and defensively, from his team. Of the 15 Wildcats seeing game action against Northern Colorado, 12 scored points. Defensively, 10 grabbed at least one rebound. Four Wildcats scored in double digits: sophomore Derrick Williams (15), sophomore Solomon Hill (11), junior Kyle Fogg (11) and sophomore Lamont Jones (10).
"Overall this was a good team win," head coach Sean Miller said. "Northern Colorado has a lot of skilled, experienced players that came back this year. They are hard to defend, which you could see in the first ten minutes of the game today. They won a lot of games last year and will win a lot this year."
Statistical leaders for the Wildcats include Williams with 15 points and eight rebounds and Fogg with six assists. Arizona out-rebounded Northern Colorado, 45-26, and dished out six more assists (17-11).
"Tonight we had about twenty-eight minutes of great intensity," Miller said. "We played team basketball on defense and offense, and that's really going to be the identity of this year's team. We're going to go by the numbers and play some unselfish basketball, led by Derrick Williams. He had a great night, with 15 points and eight rebounds, and I know he could have done more if I decided to play him more."
Two made free throws by Williams and a Jamelle Horne three-pointer gave UA an early 5-0 lead. A Jones jumper and a good free throw pushed the run to 8-0.
Near the 12:00 mark of the first half, Northern Colorado opened up with a 5-0 run to push the score to 19-15 in favor of the Wildcats. The Bears' run was snapped by a good Jesse Perry free throw after the Wildcats were scoreless for nearly two minutes.
Arizona answered back with a 7-0 run including lay-ups from Hill and Jones, giving UA a 26-15 lead. UA generated momentum with a 15-5 run over four minutes in the middle of the first half to push the score to 34-20 in its favor.
Junior Brendon Lavender hit his second three of the game to give UA a 42-25 lead. Williams hit another trey with less than 30 seconds to play in the first half to give UA a 57-31 lead over Northern Colorado. Arizona set a season high in first half scoring, replacing previous best of 41 vs. Idaho State on Nov. 14.
Northern Colorado went on a 12-2 run late in the second half, including three pointers Chris Kaba and Elliott Lloyd and six made free throws.
Junior Alex Jacobson put UA over the 90-point mark with good jumper near the 1:00 mark. Today's contest marks a season high points scored in a game (92).
"I'm not looking past anybody," Williams said. "We have a good game coming up (Tuesday). We are playing really well right now. This team is trying really hard to be a top-25 team and set the tone."
For the Northern Colorado Bears, Kaba led the squad in scoring with 15 points.
The Wildcats next will be in action on Tues., Nov. 23, with a 6:30 p.m. contest vs. Bethune-Cookman at the McKale Center. For continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat men's basketball, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.