It lived up to its expectation, as the Wildcats defeated the Lumberjacks 93-50 at McKale on Wednesday night.
Solomon Hill started the scoring and Nick Johnson added four points of his own before a three-pointer gave the Wildcats the early 9-0 lead. Gaellan Bewernick then scored four straight points before a Johnson free-throw put the lead at 10-4 with about 16 minutes left in the first half. Coming out of the media timeout, Brandon Ashley scored his first points of the game on a baseline jumper before Mark Lyons had a three-point play that put Arizona up 15-4 shortly after.
Stallon Saldivar tried to answer with a three-pointer, but Kevin Parrom hit one of his own the next trip down court. Dewayne Russell then got his first points of the night for the Lumberjacks, but a lob from Jordin Mayes to Johnson got the points right back. A layup by Angelo Chol extended the lead to 22-9 with about 11 minutes left and Ben Olayinka brought it back to 11 with a layup of his own.
Grant Jerrett got his first score of the game seconds later and a Lyons three-pointer out of a timeout made it 27-11 with less than ten minutes left. Hill missed two free-throws, but Kaleb Tarczewski was able to get the offensive board and layup to put Arizona up 18 points. Gabe Rogers came back with his first points of the game and Russell followed with a jumper of his own to make it 29-15 with over seven minutes left.
Lyons came back and scored, but Rogers had a quick answer. A three-pointer by Mayes out of a timeout put Arizona up 34-17, but a Max Jacobsen jumper kept the Lumberjacks around and a three-pointer by Rogers cut the deficit to 12. A three-pointer by Parrom out of a timeout and two free-throws by Tarczewski gave the Wildcats a 39-22 lead with 2:05 left.
Jacobson hit one of two free-throws and a three-pointer by Russell at the buzzer made it 39-26 going into the half.
Lyons started the half with two free-throws and then followed it up with a three-pointer to put Arizona up 44-26 at the 18:23 mark of the second half. Bewernick ended the run with a bucket, but Lyons came back and hit his third three-pointer of the game before Hill added one free-throw and Arizona went up 50-28 with 16 minutes left.
Hill added a three-pointer, but Russell hit a jumper before the media timeout as Arizona led 53-30. After a free-throw by Russell, Blake Hamilton hit a three-pointer to force an Arizona timeout and pull within 19 with 14:02 left. A three-pointer by Mayes got it right back and Hill picked up a three-point play to put Arizona up 59-34 with 12:36 left.
Chol made two free-throws out of a timeout, but a three-pointer by Russell was the answer until Tarczewski scored seconds later to make it 63-37 with 10:33 left. Johnson was then fouled on a lob attempt and hit one of two free-throws to put the Wildcats up 27. Two more free-throws by Johnson and a three-pointer by Hill forced the Lumberjacks to take a timeout down 69-37 with 8:49.
Shortly after, Gabe York scored his first points of the game with a three-pointer that put the Wildcats up 74-37 with 6:47 left. Arizona got the lead to 40 when Chol made one of two free-throws to put the score at 81-41 with 4:40 left.