Arizona Wildcats easily win season opener

Arizona easily defeated Pacific 79-61 in the season opener. Read on for a complete recap.

There wasn't going to be an upset on Friday night, as Arizona controlled Pacific from the start en route to a 79-61 win at McKale.

Kaelb Tarczewski started the game with two free-throws and a dunk off a nice pass from Kadeem Allen.

T.J. Wallace then put Pacific on the board with a three, but Gabe York matched. Kadeem Allen got a bucket and Ray Bowles did the game before Ryan Anderson scored four consecutive points. 

A basket by Wallace then cut Arizona’s lead to 13-7 at the media timeout. The scoring slowed down quite a bit, as York and Tonko Vuko exchanged baskets and Arizona led 15-9 with 11:55 left in the first half.

Tarczewski made two free-throws and Allen added a bucket. Anthony Townes went one of two from the line before Allen did the same.

York and Townes both scored and Arizona led 22-12 with 7:21 remaining in the half. Allonzo Trier made two free-throws soon after and Bowles did as well. However, a three by York forced a timeout with the Wildcats up 13.

Trier made a three and Wallace hit two free-throws, but a basket from D.J. Ursery had Sean Miller calling timeout with Arizona up 30-18 with 4:30 left in the half. 

Allen scored and Ilias Theodorou got his first points of the game. Anderson got a basket and Ursery and him then exchanged one free-throw each.

Allen made two free-throws and Bowles and Anderson proceeded to score. Bowles made one of two free-throws and Allen found Tollefsen for a layup to end the half as the Wildcats led 41-24.

Wallace started the half with a basket, but Anderson answered. Tarczewski made a free-throw, as Vuko responded with a basket and York followed with a three.

David Taylor then made a three and Anderson hit two free-throws as Arizona led 49-30 early in the half. 

Theodorou made a three and Anderson made two free-throws. Theodorou made another three, but Tollefsen responded with a three-point play. Trier then made a free-throw and Tollefsen scored, as Maleke Haynes’ first basket cut Arizona’s lead to 57-38 with 11:15 left. 

Wallace made a three and Tarczewski score din the post. Wallace scored again, but Parker Jackson-Cartwright hit a three. Anderson proceeded to make two free-throws and hit another one to put the Wildcats up 65-43.

Vuko made two free-throws and Trier did as well. Tollefsen then hit a three and Ristic got a three-point play as a bucket by Wallace had Arizona leading 73-48 with about five minutes left.

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