Arizona moved to 7-1 on the season, with an impressive road win over Gonzaga. Here's a closer look at what happened:
Player of the Game:
Gabe York - The senior took some bad shots down the stretch, but ignited a monstrous comeback for the Wildcats with four straight three-pointers. York finished the game with a team-high 18 points, hitting seven of his 16 shots. The shooting guard also had a questionable shot clock violation called on him which would have given him and his team an additional two points. In addition, York pulled down six rebounds (all in the second half).
* With Gonzaga leading 18-15, the Arizona offense took consecutive bad shots that turned into easy points for the Bulldogs. York had a ill-advised dunk attempt blocked, followed by an over the shoulder shot from Ryan Anderson that was also blocked. Both blocked shots were recovered by the Zags and turned into easy baskets at the other end, pushing the lead to seven. Gonzaga used the momentum to open up a 11-point lead with a 10-0 run.
* Just out of the locker room at halftime, York had eight straight points, including his first two three-pointers of the day as the Wildcats strung together a few stops and cut the Bulldog lead to 45-40. Out of a timeout, Gonzaga turned the ball over and Anderson got a basket in the lane to cut it to a one possession game.
* Down 50-47, Domantas Sabonis was called for an offensive foul for a moving screen as Kyle Wiltjer drained a three pointer. The basket was called off and allowed York to hit his fourth long ball of the game to tie it up at 50 with 12 minutes left in the game.
* With just over six minutes left in the game Arizona had a great hustle play that put the Wildcats ahead for good. Anderson missed a layup inside, but Elliott Pitts grabbed the rebound and dished out to Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who was short on a three-pointer. Anderson corraled the rebound and was able to slam it home. The dunk put Arizona ahead by one and the Bulldogs were never able to take it back.
* Arizona took a timeout with the ball, up three with 30 seconds left in the game, out of the timeout, York took a screen from Anderson, cut towards the lane and into a double team. The guard passed it out of the trap and to the cutting Anderson who was able to put the ball in the hoop for a five point lead, sealing the game for the Wildcats.
Stat of the Game:
9 - Sean Miller said earlier in the week that Arizona would be a much better team once it starts to limit the mistakes and turnovers. The Wildcats had just nine turnovers in the win against Gonzaga and it was a real key in the win. The Zags committed turnover after turnover down the stretch, allowing Arizona to cut the lead down and crawl back into the game.
It wasn't a tale of two halves for Arizona. In the first half, Arizona's effort was lacking and it wasn't playing well on either wise of the ball. In the second, it clearly played harder than Gonzaga and better in nearly every aspect.
With that being said, Allonzo Trier battled throughout the game and kept Arizona in it when all the chips were down. The freshman scored eight of his 14 points towards the end of the first half and rallied his team when Gonzaga jumped out to a 14-point lead. His gutsy effort in the game shouldn't be overlooked and if he continues to play the way he did in this one, he will be a quality piece on the court come March.
"Gabe gave us a chance to win by him making shots the way he did and his confidence," Miller said. "He's played in a lot of games and been in this type of atmosphere and environment throughout his career and I think there is something to be said for that."
"I think our team took a step forward today in understanding if we're willing to work as hard as we can on the court and leave it out there the sky is the limit for this team," York said.