The first half was not pretty by any means, but Arizona's second half effort was more than enough as the Wildcats defeated Cal Poly Pomona 67-51 Sunday at McKale.
Jordan Faison hit a three to open up the scoring, but Brandon Ashley scored a minute or so later. A shot by Francois Tchoyi then gave Pomona a 5-2 lead with just under 17 minutes to go in the first half.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made two free-throws to cut the Broncos’ lead to one and a bucket by Ashley got that lead. Quentin Taylor and Faison then scored to give Pomona a 9-6 lead with 11:52 left in the first half.
Daylan Lawrence hit a three out of a timeout and Faison scored two consecutive baskets to force Sean Miller to take a timeout with the Wildcats down 16-10 with about seven minutes left in the half.
Ashley and Faison exchanged buckets, Daniel Rodriguez made a free-throw, and Stanley Johnson made two of his own to bring the Wildcats to within 19-14 with 3:54 left in the first half.
York hit a three-pointer and Johnson got a dunk on the break to tie the game at 19. York proceeded to score two consecutive baskets, Johnson got a basket in transition, and Ashley hit a free-throw to put the Wildcats up 26-19 at the half.
Hollis-Jefferson scored to start the half and York added a three-pointer. Barry Bell then made a three and Terrence Drisdom did as well. McConnell and Bell exchanged baskets before Tarczewski was able to score and bring the Wildcats’ lead to 35-27 with about 16 minutes left in regulation.
Faison scored, but Tarczewski answered with a three-point play. Faison then scored again and Dusan Ristic got his first points of the game. Hollis-Jefferson scored in the lane and Ristic made another shot to put the Wildcats up 44-31 with 11:37 left in the second half.
Tarczewski got a three-point play and Faison made two free-throws. Hollis-Jefferson and Drisdom then exchanged baskets before Johnson hit a three and Tarczewski scored to put Arizona up 19.
Johnson made a free-throw and Drisdom came down and scored. Faison had a three-point play before Ashley scored. Tchoyi made a bucket that was matched by Johnson before Hollis-Jefferson made two from the line to put Arizona up 61-42 with a little more than four minutes left.