It may not have been pretty, but Arizona defeated Augustana College, 70-59, in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon at McKale Center.
"Every coach has a philosophy for October and November," Sean Miller said. "The Division I scrimmage we had was very helpful to us, and for the Division II match-up it was important for us to choose Augustana College with their Division II All-American point guards. Their level of discipline and physicality was a great test for us for our first time out."
There were both positives and negatives about Sunday's game, but that is to be expected for the first actual competition.
"I have nothing negative or positive to say about tonight, but I saw both," Miller said. "We were careless going into the second half, I think we had four turnovers in the first few minutes, and we were unable to break open the game because of it. In the first half, there were times where our offense executed well.
"Having twenty-one free throw attempts shows that we were the aggressor, but only making eleven will eventually hurt us. We had too many missed opportunities in the first half. I'm not taking anything away from Augustana. They are a very well coached team, and they have a couple point guards that can match up well with a lot of guards in Division I."
While Miller was somewhat satisfied with the effort, other players are going to have to step up offensively.
"Kyle Fogg is a double-figure returner, and in 31 games last season, we could depend on him to get the basket," Miller said. "A lot of different players will have to step up. Jamelle Horne can do it, Solomon Hill can do it. We have the number of players to help Derrick (Williams) get the basket.
"Momo (Jones) didn't have a big night tonight, but we know that he make some big contributions. He has to be a point guard for us. When you come to college as a reserve guard, you think you know everything, but you have to learn, and he has. Momo was the definitely our team's most improved. Tonight wasn't his night, but it was a good learning experience, so we'll take it and move on.
Wildcats win exhibition
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