Arizona started slowly, but built momentum and cruised to a 91-65 victory over Gardner-Webb at McKale on Tuesday night.
Gabe York scored first, but Tyler Strange made a three-pointer. Stanley Johnson made one free-throw and Tyrell Nelson came back with a bucket. Kaleb Tarczewski then scored and Nelson matched him. A bucket by Rondae Hollis-Jefferson then tied the game at seven with 13:54 left in the half.
Strange made another three before Tarczewski scored. Isaiah Ivery made two free-throws and Hollis-Jefferson answered with a bucket. Jerome Hill then got on the board and a three by York brought the Wildcats to within 15-14.
Harold McBride scored and Parker Jackson-Cartwright did the same. McBride then scored and Johnson responded with a three. McBride hit a three of his own before a shot by Tarczewski kept Gardner-Webb’s lead at 22-21 with 6:38 left in the half.
Hollis-Jefferson scored again and York hit a three to force timeout. Hill came out of the timeout and hit two free-throws as Jarvis Davis added a three. Johnson then scored, but Hill came back with a layup to cut the lead to 29-28 with a few minutes left in the half.
Tarczewski and Ashley scored before Johnson cut a bucket and two free-throws. A three by Elliott Pitts then put the Wildcats up 40-28 at the half.
Adonis Burbage started the half with a three and Tarczewski then hit a jumper. Strange proceeded to make a three and a shot by Nelson forced Sean Miller to call timeout with Arizona’s lead down to 42-36.
Davis made a three and Hill hit a jumper. After a free-throw by York, a three-point play by Hill brought the Runnin’ Bulldogs to within 45-44 with 15:54 left in the half.
Johnson and Hill exchanged buckets before T.J. McConnell and York scored. After a basket by Nelson, Parker Jackson-Cartwright hit a three and York scored to put the Wildcats up 56-48 with 12:39 left.
Dusan Ristic scored two consecutive hoops and Hollis-Jefferson got a dunk before a dunk by Ashley forced a timeout with Arizona up 64-48.
Ashley made a technical free-throw and then scored before Nelson got one from the line. Johnson proceeded to make a three and then score in the lane to give Arizona a 72-49 lead with 7:43 left.
Strange and Hollis-Jefferson matched three before McConnell made one of his own and York made another after a free-throw by Nelson to give Arizona a commanding lead and end any hope of a comeback.