Junior Daniel Dillon and freshman Nic Wise each made key plays down the stretch as the University of Arizona pulled away late to defeat the University of British Columbia, 87-76, Monday morning at Douglas College.
Dillon, a 6-foot-3 guard from
The win enabled the Wildcats’ to finish its tour of
“I was doing what I could to help the team,” Dillon said. “I didn’t want to leave
The victory ended a very successful tour for Dillon, who averaged 12.5 points per game, while shooting 56.4 percent from the field.
Dillon himself felt more confident while on the trip and was certainly worthy of all-Commonwealth consideration.
“I definitely have more confidence in my offensive game,” said Dillon. “When I came to
Wise hit 8-of-14 field goals and finished with a team-high 21 points. The 5-foot-9 freshman from Kingwood, Texas, hit a number of big shots, as three of his buckets were responsible for giving the Wildcats the lead in a game that featured 10 ties and 17 lead changes.
For Wise, it was a nice turnaround from Sunday’s performance at
“I didn’t have my legs last night,” said Wise. “My dad told me to come out today and finish strong.”
That was exactly what the Wildcats needed today after playing five games over 62 hours in
“We had to fight through it,” he said. “We went with our small lineup and our quickness made the difference.”
Today’s finale proved to be tight throughout.
The second half was even tighter, highlighted by eight ties and 13 lead changes, and neither team led by more than four points until the decisive run.
It also proved to be a welcome test for Olson.
“It’s been a strenuous schedule,” he explained, “but it’s been good because we’ve seen all of our guys. When guys are tired, you see their competitiveness strep up.”