Arizona moved to 6-1 on the season, defeating Boise State 68-59. Here's a closer look at what happened:
Player of the Game:
Kadeem Allen - The junior guard had a breakout game for the Wildcats. Allen finished with 13 points, hitting four of his six shots, including a clutch three-pointer late in the game. Though the point guard only had two assists, he pulled down seven rebounds and helped control the game when he was on the court. Allen also added two blocks and two steals to the stat sheet.
* Late in the first half, Arizona surged forward with their first sign of life in the game with a 9-0 run over the span of two minutes to take the lead over Boise State. Gabe York, Elliott Pitts, Allonzo Trier, and Mark Tollefsen each got in on the action with buckets during the stretch, giving Arizona a six-point cushion.
* James Webb III broke Arizona's run with four straight points, but the Wildcats held the Broncos scoreless over the final 3:18 of the half. During that time, Anderson scored twice, while Trier and Allen also scored for the Wildcats to break the game wide open.
* With just over four minutes remaining in the game, Anderson fouled out of the game after being assessed a technical foul for exchanging words with the Boise State bench. The Broncos went on a rn and cut the lead to six with just a minute to go, but York drove down the lane and found Allen for a wide open three-pointer.
Stat of the Game:
40 - Even without star center Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona was able to dominate the scoring with 40 points in the paint. The Wildcats were able to get to the rim at will during some stretches of the game. In addition, Arizona only took eight three-pointers in the game and made an effort to pound the ball inside. For the Wildcats to be successful this year, they are going to have to score inside and that was what happened in this one.
Until Ryan Anderson fouled out late in the game, I actually thought that Arizona was playing a solid game. The defense shut down Nick Duncan and Anthony Drmic for a majority of the game as the two combined for just 18 points and most came in the second half. Webb was able to get going, but not on the same level as he did the last time he faced Arizona.
Allonzo Trier played well and was second in line for player of the game honors. The freshman was five of six from the floor and finished with 13 points. Trier has been inconsistent at times this season, but had a good all-around game against Boise State and showed what his potential can be for the future.