Arizona starts season with win over Cal Poly

Arizona went into the half in a close game with Cal Poly, but was able to come out with the 73-62 win. Read on for a complete recap of Friday's game.

The first half between Arizona and Cal Poly was not pretty, but the effort from Arizona was better in the second half, as the Wildcats defeated the Mustangs 73-62 Friday night at McKale.

Brandon Ashley scored the first points of the season for Arizona and David Nwaba put the Mustangs on the board. Nick Johnson and Nwaba exchanged baskets before Aaron Gordon scored the first bucket of his career off an offensive rebound. Ashley then scored off the glass and a three by Gordon forced a timeout with the Wildcats up 11-4 less than four minutes in.

Chris Eversley hit a three out of the timeout and Gordon scored the next time down court. Odister responded with a three, but Arizona got a two from Kaleb Tarczewski. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson then scored his first points, but Odister hit two consecutive three-pointers and Michael Bolden followed with one of his own to force a timeout with the Wildcats down 19-17 with 12:20 left in the first half.

T.J. McConnell hit a three out of the timeout and Tarczewski followed with two from the charity stripe. Ashley and Gabe York proceeded to make one of two free-throws each and Arizona's lead stayed at 24-19 with 7:42 left in the first half.

Hollis-Jefferson made two free-throws, but Nwaba followed with four before he scored on a dunk off a Jordin Mayes turnover to bring the Mustangs to within 26-25 with a little over four minutes left in the first half. After a timeout, Johnson made a three to put Arizona up four and force Poly to call a timeout.

Malik Love scored his first points of the game and Hollis-Jefferson matched soon after. Nwaba and Gordon then exchanged hoops as Arizona's lead stayed at four with 1:49 left in the half.

Joel Awich scored his first points for Poly and Ashley answered, but Eversley hit a three-pointer on the next possession. Two free-throws by Ashley ended the scoring for the half, as Arizona led 37-34.

Eversley started the half with a basket before McConnell found York for a three in the corner and then hit a layup to force timeout with the Wildcats up 42-36 minutes into the second half. Tarczewski made two free-throws and Eversley did the same before Johnson added a bucket and Poly's Jamal Johnson hit a free-throw.

York proceeded to go the entire length of the court and make a layup, but Odister made a three soon after. Ashley then scored in the paint and Hollis-Jefferson made a free-throw, but Poly refused to go away, as Eversley made a three and cut the Arizona lead to 51-45 with 11:36 left in regulation.

Johnson scored to put the Wildcats eight and a three-point play by Gordon extended the lead to 11. However, Love and Bolden scored consecutive baskets to bring the lead back to 56-49 with about seven minutes left.

After a basket by Tarczewski, Hollis-Jefferson made two free-throws to put Arizona up 11 with 5:51 left.

Two free-throws by Eversley brought the lead back to single digits, but Tarczewski came up with a three-point play off a turnover to put the UA up 63-51.

Hollis-Jefferson made a free-throw soon, but Odister made a three-pointer to keep the Mustangs alive.

Gordon made one of two free-throws out of a timeout to put Arizona up 65-54 with about three minutes left. After a Poly bucket, a three by York put Arizona up 68-56 with 2:34 left and basically sealed the game for the Wildcats.


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