Nov. 7, 2010
The University of Arizona men's basketball team defeated Division II Augustana College, 70-59, in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon at McKale Center.
The Wildcats were not able to cruise past the Vikings as easily as last season's exhibition tilt, a game in which they rolled to a 92-76 victory in what was Sean Miller's debut as head coach at Arizona. Miller's team bent but didn't break on Sunday in its final exhibition game before starting the regular season.
"The Division I scrimmage (Oct. 30 against Utah) we had was very helpful to us," Miller said after the game. "For the Division II opponent, it was important that we chose one with an All-American point guard that was well-coached and disciplined to make a great first game."
Sophomore forward Derrick Williams led the squad with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting and was able to get to the free throw line 11 times, converting seven. Williams also brought down a game-high six rebounds on the day.
Kyle Fogg's 11-point effort made him the only other Wildcat to reach double figures, but 10 Wildcats scored on the day in what would prove to be a total team effort.
Augustana was led by sophomore guard Cameron McCaffery who finished with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting, including four treys on seven attempts. Junior guard Cody Schilling also logged 12 points for the Vikings while freshman forward Brennan Olson pulled in five rebounds to lead the team in that category.
The Wildcats got out to a 13-point lead midway through the second half , courtesy of Williams' lay-up and free throw with 10:26 left in the half. Arizona maintained the lead for the remainder of the game as Augustana was unable to pull closer than 10 points.
"I have nothing negative or positive to say about tonight, and I saw both," Miller said. "We were careless going into the second half, but in the first half there were times our offense executed well."
Arizona finished the game shooting 45.8 percent (22-of-48) from the field, and limited Augustana to 39.0 percent (23-of-59). The Wildcats won the battle of the boards by a 39-32 margin and both teams recorded 15 turnovers.
"I thought it was a good game and it's been a long time since we played someone else," Williams said. "We did all right, but we could have done better."
Arizona jumped out to an early nine-point lead off Brendan Lavender's jumper with 12:00 left in the opening period put the Wildcats up 20-11. Augustana clawed back though, getting as close as 24-22 after a Shilling jumper capped an 11-4 with 8:32 to go.
Arizona spread the minutes around very efficiently in its 10-man rotation. Williams, sophomore forward Solomon Hill and sophomore guard Lamont Jones all finished with 28 minutes to lead the team. Jamelle Horne and Fogg finished with 25 and 26 minutes, respectively, while no Wildcat played less than ten minutes.
Arizona opens the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 14, by hosting Idaho State. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. MST and will be televised by KWBA-TV and FS Arizona.