Game Notes: Arizona vs Gardner-Webb

Arizona used a 16-0 run late in the game to pull away from Gardner-Webb in the 91-65 victory. Read on to find out who the players of the game were, what the key moments were, and more.

Arizona started slow, but was eventually able to overcome a first half deficit to beat Gardner-Webb 91-65 on Tuesday. Here’s a closer look at what happened:

Arizona Players of the Game:

Stanley Johnson – The freshman continued to play well on Tuesday. Johnson was six of nine from the field with three three-pointers. He let off the gas on the glass in the second half, but still managed to grab eight rebounds and two steals in the victory.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright – Jackson-Cartwright played his best game of his young career for Arizona. He was on the court for a majority of the Wildcats’ big run in the second half and was able to dish out seven assists with just one turnover in only twelve minutes of action. Jackson-Cartwright also added five points, hitting both of his shots on the night.

Key Moments:

  • With under eight minutes to go in the first half, the Wildcats trailed the Runnin’ Bulldogs by three. Stanley Johnson took a swing pass and knocked down the three to tie the game at 19. Gardner-Webb immediately answered with a three of its own to maintain the lead.

  • Arizona took the lead over a few possessions later on a Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dunk. Gabe York added his second long ball of the night and the Wildcats used a 7-0 run to take the lead late in the first half.

  • The Wildcats put an end to Gardner-Webb’s thoughts of a close game with an 11-0 run after holding just a one point lead. Elliott Pitts swished a three-pointer with 31 seconds to go, capping the run and sending Arizona to the locker room up 40-28.

  • Gardner-Webb came out shooting hot in the second half, cutting the Wildcats lead to just one early on. Arizona countered with a 16-0 run including back-to-back baskets from Dusan Ristic and dunks from Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley to go up 19 points midway through the second half. From there, Arizona never looked back.

    Stats of the Night:

    43-27 - Arizona dominated on the glass and rightly so. The Wildcats had a considerable height advantage in the game and were able to take advantage, outrebounding the Runnin’ Bulldogs by 16. There is no doubt that this outcome will help Arizona’s rebounding margin average, but the showing in this game proves that the Wildcats can bang the glass with the best of them.

    59 - Arizona continues to surprise from behind the arc. Coming into the season, a lot of emphasis was put on the Wildcats finding someone who could consistently shoot the long ball. That wasn’t an issue on Tuesday as Arizona shot 59-percent from three, hitting 10 of 17 treys on the night.

    Gabe York and Stanley Johnson both hit three long balls each and four other Wildcats added a three-pointer to the total.

    General Thoughts:

  • Once again Stanley Johnson was a monster for the Wildcats. He continues to improve in just about every single way each and way. His defense and decision making are considerably better than when he first played in an Arizona uniform. If he continues to see this improvement over the course of the season, he will easily be the best player on the team when March rolls around.

  • Arizona used it’s size against Gardner-Webb, but the Runnin’ Bulldogs were still able to keep it close by shooting lights out for stretches during the game. It was a game of runs on both sides and Arizona was able to win by putting together the most consistent basketball for longest stretches than Gardner-Webb.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    ”We (played Jackson-Cartwright and T.J. McConnell) a little bit in Maui,” Sean Miller said. “Some of it was foul trouble or to give us a different look because Parker has given us some good minutes. The thing with both of them being in is that one of them has to be able to chase the two-guard. We don’t want to be too small out there.”

    Wildcat Quotable:

    ”I really never felt like I was as bad a shooter as I was shooting the first couple of games,” Stanley Johnson said. “I just need to be more consistent, shooting before practice, after practice, before games and just trying to get into rhythm. Shooting is repetition, so the more I can complete the same exercise, the better I will be.”

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