Postgame Analysis: Northern Arizona

Arizona defeated NAU 93-50 on Wednesday night. Read on to find out who was the player of the game, what the key plays were, and general thoughts.

Player of the Game:

#13 Nick Johnson – The sophomore did a lot more on the court than his ten points would suggest. In 22 minutes of playing time, Johnson dished out seven assists and stole four balls. The impressive part is that he only had one turnover and was a perfect three for three from the field (even if two of those were dunks).

Key Moments:

  • Just 104 seconds into the game, Solomon Hill took a pass from Mark Lyons and nailed a three-pointer. It forced NAU Head Coach Jack Murphy to call a timeout and shot Arizona to a nine-point advantage, setting the tone for the rest of the game.

  • Midway through the second half, with Arizona leading 63-37, Nick Johnson found Kaleb Tarczewski underneath the basket. The center jammed it home with authority, sending the crowd into a frenzy and sparking a 13-0 run that put the nail in the coffin.

    General Thoughts:

    On Wednesday, Arizona showed why it is one of the best teams in the country. In the first half, the Wildcats played like they have in past years, which is not being able to finish an opponent when it is down. However, in the second half, Arizona came out playing with a purpose and pulled away for a big victory.

    Even after having nine days between games, the Wildcats were able to put together a solid effort. The whole team contributed and the leading scorer coming into the game, Brandon Ashley, only had two points, but grabbed eleven rebounds. Arizona showed its depth and potential with the way it played tonight.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "Brandon Ashley rebounded very well," Sean Miller said. "Nick Johnson played just a tremendous all-around game. The depth that we have, whether it be inside or on the perimeter, seemed to take its effect."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "We were definitely ready to come out and play," Johnson said. "I think in the first half, we let them get a few easy buckets. We were definitely ready. With nine days off, we wanted to come out and play hard."

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