Arizona opened up the season exactly how it wanted, as it defeated Mount St. Mary's 78-55 Friday at McKale.
Gabe York started the scoring with a three and Lamont Robinson put the Mountaineers on the board with a free-throw. York then scored again and Ashley added a basket before Chris Martin made a three.
Taylor Danaher made a three and T.J. McConnell responded with a basket. Byron Ashe added a three-pointer, Hollis-Jefferson went one of two from the line, and Danaher scored again before a Tarczewski basket put the Wildcats up 16-14 with 7:53 left in the first half.
Craig Victor made one of two free-throws before Robinson made two from the line. Tarczewski then scored and Ashley made two straight buckets to give the Wildcats a 23-16 lead and force timeout with 5:47 left in the first half.
Will Miller made a three-pointer and Ashe added a basket before the momentum in the game changed completely.
Ashley scored and Johnson added two free-throws. Johnson then made a basket, Ashley got a dunk off a turnover, and Hollis-Jefferson had two dunks of his own to put the Wildcats up 40-25 at the half.
Krajina started the half with a basket and Tarczewski did the same. Krajina then made a free-throw and Ashley did as well. After a basket by Gregory Graves, Ashley made two from the line to and Ashe made a three as Arizona’s lead was 45-33 with 15:25 left in regulation.
Hollis-Jefferson scored and Krajina came back with a three as Martin added another bucket. Tarczewski then scored and Hollis-Jefferson did also to put Arizona’s lead at 51-40 with 11:56 left in regulation.
Graves made a free-throw and Miller added a three-pointer. McConnell then scored two consecutive hoops to put Arizona up 55-44.
Hollis-Jefferson went one of two from the line and Tarczewski proceeded to score off the missed free-throw. Jackson-Cartwright then scored in the lane and Arizona led 60-44 with 8:31 left in regulation.
Elliott Pitts made a three, but Krajina came back with a three-point player. Ashley then scored four consecutive points before Krajina scored again. Ashley and Danaher proceeded to match baskets before a shot by Johnson and three by Jackson-Cartwright put Arizona up 74-51 with four minutes to play.