Arizona got off to a quick start on Sunday night and put the game away early in a 86-68 win over Cal State Northeridge. Here’s a closer look at what happened:
Arizona Player of the Game:
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – The sophomore came off the bench again on Sunday and it didn’t seem to phase him. Hollis-Jefferson brought the energy to the Wildcats when he got on the floor and was just the spark that Arizona needed. He was consistent throughout the game, scoring 14 points on 5-8 shooting and grabbing eight rebounds as well.
Hollis-Jefferson’s impact on the game was felt in multiple ways throughout the night, especially with the little things. He dished out three assists, shot 80-percent at the free throw line, and played solid defense.
Stats of the Night:
8 - Arizona entered the season with concerns about where the outside shooting would come from. The Wildcats seem to have found an answer for that in the win against CSUN as they hit eight long balls.
46 - With the Pac-12 Coordinator of Officials, Bobby Dibler, in the building the referees were calling just about anything that they could, whistling a combined 46 fouls throughout the game. Five Wildcats and five Matadors were in foul trouble when the final whistle blew.
Despite the start, the Wildcats dominated just about every aspect of the game. They took good shots, played solid defense, knocked down long balls, and controlled the glass. It looked very similar to last season’s team, which should please any Arizona fans.
The Wildcats also had 18 turnovers as a team and though some came in mop up time, Arizona just struggled to hold onto the ball. While the game seemed sloppy to the eye, the Wildcats were trying to make too many exotic passes and being a little too unselfish. It will take some time for the team to gel, but this seems to be the first step.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"I thought Rondae Jefferson was the best player on our team tonight," Miller said. "When he is in the game, so many good things are happening. He's playing with an incredible energy level. He does it on defense, he does it on offense."
"I'm going to have the most energy in the country when it comes to giving it my all," Hollis-Jefferson said. "Teams need that in a game and I feel like I bring that spark every time."