Wildcats roll against Bryant

Arizona was simply the better team on Thursday, as it defeated Bryant 100-60 at home. Read on to see how Arizona was able to come up with the win.

Arizona was just the better team on Thursday and there was not much that the visiting Bryant Bulldogs could do about it.

Behind the hot shooting of Brendon Lavender and four other double digit scorers, Arizona defeated Bryant 100-60 at home.

Bryant jumped out to a 5-2 lead behind a three-pointer by Frankie Dobbs. Solomon Hill then came back with four straight points to give Arizona the one-point lead, but Alex Francis answered and got Bryant's lead right back. Kyle Fogg then scored five straight, including a bucket from behind the arc but Francis kept answering. With Arizona leading 13-12, Josiah Turner hit a three-pointer to give the Wildcats a four-point lead with 11:21 left in the first half.

Arizona built a six-point lead behind two more three-pointers by Fogg, but Bryant would not go away, as a Corey Maynard jumper kept the UA lead at four. Two free throws by Turner extended the lead to six and then Fogg found Jesse Perry on a break for a three-point play that brought the Wildcats' lead to 29-20 with a little under eight minutes left in the first half. Perry then got an offensive rebound to give Arizona the double-digit lead and force Bryant to call timeout, down 31-20.

Not too long after, Francis had to head to the bench with two fouls and Arizona took advantage. Maynard hit a three off a turnover, but Jordin Mayes and Brendon Lavender added a three of their own, as the Bulldogs had to call timeout down 37-23 with 4:47 left in the first half. Unfortunately for Arizona, Ben Altit hit a three and Dobbs hit one right after to erase Arizona's double digit lead with 3:54 left.

Arizona then went on a little run, led by a bucket from Kevin Parrom, three by Hill, and two free throws by Parrom. Turner also added a layup at the buzzer, as the Wildcats went into the half up 46-31, despite Bryant shooting 50 percent to Arizona's 41.

Arizona started the second half quickly with Perry and Johnson scoring consecutive buckets. Maynard hit a three for Bryant, but Perry and Johnson scored consecutively again to give Arizona the 54-34 lead with 17:09 left in regulation. The run continued out of the timeout with a layup by Hill and then two free throws by Johnson to extend the lead to 58-34. Hill then added another layup and Turner two free throws before Francis stopped the run with a jumper as Arizona led 62-36 with 13:55 left.

A few minutes later, Lavender hit two straight three-point baskets to give Arizona the 71-37 lead and force Bryant to call timeout with seemingly no answer for anything the Wildcats were doing. Lavender then added two more consecutive threes and helped Arizona build a 40-point lead, as it was up 82-42 with over eight minutes left. Lavender wasn't done, as he scored his 18th point of the night on yet another three and helped the Wildcats continue to increase their lead.

The 40-point lead held for basically the rest of the game, as Angelo Chol added a jumper and three points at the line in addition to a three-pointer by Mayes that gave Arizona the 97-53 lead with 3:32 left in the game.


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