Instead, it came out with more questions.
Behind 24 points from Jobi Wall, Seattle Pacific upset Arizona 69-68 at McKale Center.
The 2011-12 season may have begun with a turnover from Kyle Fogg, but Arizona bounced back quickly with a nice pass from Josiah Turner to Kyryl Natyazhko for a two-handed slam. Solomon Hill followed that with a pair of free throws and a coast to coast, left-handed slam to put the Wildcats up 6-0 early.
It appeared the game would be out of hand early, but a pair of three pointers from Jobi Wall brought Seattle Pacific to a 6-6 tie.
After a pair of free throws from Natyazhko put UA back up 8-6, the Falcons went on a 5-2 run with another three-pointer and a floater from Wall put SPU on top 11-10. Arizona retook the lead with a deep ball from Brendon Lavender, but a floater for Riley Stockton made it 13-13.
The Falcons then went on a 8-4 run to take a 21-17, highlighted by four points from forward Cory Hutsen and Riley Stockton, as UA countered with a floater from Turner and a pair of free throws from Perry.
Following an Arizona turnover, Seattle Pacific put together a nice streak offensively to build a lead. After trading baskets back and forth, David Downs hit a shot to put SPU up 27-21. Nick Johnson turned it over, and on the other end Wall hit a pair of free throws to put the Falcons up 29-21.
Natyazhko hit one of two free throws to cut the lead to 29-22, and Seattle Pacific used a basket from Husten, and a pair of free throws from Downs and Wall to jump out to a 13-point lead.
Arizona had a 7-2 run to close the first half, which included a pair of free throws from Solomon Hill, a slam dunk by Sidiki Johnson, and a three-point play from Nick Johnson to bring the first half to a close at 37-29.
For the first half, the Wildcats shot just 39 percent from the field, including 20 percent from three-point range compared to 53 percent shooting for the Falcons and 38 percent from behind the arc.
Arizona also turned the ball over nine times and was outrebounded 12-10 by Seattle Pacific. The Wildcats only led once during the first half, which was at the 13:39 mark when the score was 13-11. Solomon Hill led the way for UA with eight first half points, while Jobi Wall shot 5-8 from the field and 3-5 from three on his way to a 17-point first half performance.
The second half began with a turnover from both teams, but the first basket of the game came from Andy Poling to push the Falcon lead to 39-29. After zero points in the first half, the Gonzaga transfer really came to life in the second half and took over the scoring for the Falcons.
Hill attacked the basket nicely for Arizona to cut the lead to 39-31, but Wall's fourth three of the game put SPU back up by 11.
Turner drove the lane for a nice layup to bring it back down to double digits, but Poling had a layup off a save attempt from the UA point guard to go back up 44-33. After a Kyle Fogg missed three-point attempt and an Arizona turnover, Downs hit a runner in the lane to push the lead back up to 13.
The crowd at McKale Center really became a factor after Hill created a turnover on a SPU inbounds pass, and Nick Johnson gave them something to cheer about with a personal 4-0 run to cut the Falcon lead to 46-37. The nine point lead was pushed back to 11 when Poling put back a Wall miss to make the score 48-37.
Sidiki Johnson again put it at single digits with a layup of his own, but a Jeff Dorman three-pointer pushed the SPU lead to 51-39. Nick Johnson responded with a three-pointer to make it 51-42, and after a Dorman basket, Turner connected on a layup and a free throw to make it 53-45 SPU. His score brought the McKale Center crowd back to life with 9:30 to play. However, two Poling baskets sandwiched between a three-pointer from Kyle Fogg silenced the arena quickly.
A three-pointer from Hill brought the crowd back to its feet and the Wildcats back within six, but a Wall bucket put the Falcons back up 59-51. Jesse Perry had a chance at a three-point play but missed the free throw, cutting the Falcons lead to 59-53.
Poling hit a pair of free throws to make it an eight point game, but Perry and Hill hit a pair of shots in the paint and Nick Johnson hit a three pointer to make it a one point game, 61-60.
The next possession was a critical one, as Seattle Pacific grabbed three offensive rebounds and held the ball for an entire minute before Poling turned it over with a travel. On Arizona's ensuing possession, Nick Johnson hit another three off a Fogg miss and offensive rebound from Perry to take a 63-61 lead.
Scott Morse hit two free throws to tie the game at 63, but a Natyazhko dunk put UA back in front 65-63. Seattle Pacific responded with a 6-0 run to take a 69-65 lead with under two minutes to go, and Perry missed the front in of a one-and-one to give SPU the ball back with under a minute to play.
Hill fouled Wall on the inbound pass, but he missed the front end of the one-and-one to give UA a shot. Nick Johnson missed a three-pointer, but got the rebound and was able to put it back with seven seconds to play, cutting the SPU lead to 69-68. Hill forced a turnover and got it to Johnson for a three, but it came up short, and the Wildcats fell to the Falcons 69-68.