Bench takes advantage of opportunity

Arizona's bench has seen more action as of late and taken advantage of it. Read on to see how, why that was important against Colorado, and more.

Everything was clicking for Arizona on Saturday night, as the Wildcats basically got contributions from every player that got to see court time.

Jacob Hazzard was one of the players that got in the mix, scoring five points in only two minutes of action. After the game, Hazzard said the overall team success on offense had to do with its ability to simply execute.

"Just running our plays, executing, getting easy shots, layups, running the floor," Hazzard said of why the offense was successful. "When we run the floor and T.J. pushes the ball, we are hard to beat because we have a lot of athletic guys and our wings can run the floor. It was good to see."

While the offensive performance was impressive, the key once again was Arizona's ability to shut down the opposition.

"We talked about rebounding a lot through our practices and through shoot around too," Elliott Pitts said. "I think we did a great job of rebounding, boxing their guys out, defensive rebounding and offensive. Obviously offensively we couldn't miss."

Pitts was able to make two three-pointers and continues to establish his role as one of the main players off the bench.

The freshman credits his mentality throughout the process and his ability to defend, which obviously is attractive to his head coach.

"Starting out, Coach Miller told us our roles, so we just came in and tried to do what we can do," Pitts said. "He told me that when I am open shoot the three, play defense. That is what I try to do to give Nick, T.J. and Gabe a break and that will come back to help us at the end of the game.

"It's hard not getting better every day in practice when you are guarding those three or four guys, so that has helped me get into the game."

Looking back on the win, Hazzard believes it was important for Arizona to get the start that it did on Saturday.

"We knew we had to get off to a good start to really get us going, especially on the road here," he said. "They are very tough to beat at home and we knew if we came out strong and played our game we would be fine."

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