Arizona moved to 8-1 on the season, with a 85-72 home win over Fresno State. Here's a closer look at what happened:
Player of the Game:
Allonzo Trier - It is plain and simple that Arizona doesn't win this game if not for Allonzo Trier. The freshman showed off how advanced his offensive game can be. Trier finished the game with a career high 27 points, making 8 of his 11 shots from the field, including three of five from long range. The freshman also hit eight of ten free throws on the night and pulled down six rebounds.
* After trading baskets with Fresno State for the entirety of the first half, Arizona came out on fire in the second half scoring seven straight points. The Wildcats trailed by three at half, but jumped out to a quick four point lead to jump start the team.
* Arizona led Fresno State 52-50, but a mini run from the Bulldogs helped them take a 58-54 lead midway through the second half. The Wildcats countered with back-to-back long balls from Trier and Kadeem Allen to retake the lead. Trier added another bucket in transition capping the 8-0 run and giving Arizona a 62-58 lead.
* The final blow for Arizona came with eight minutes remaining in the game. After a bad shot for the Wildcats on one end, the Bulldogs had the ball stolen by Parker Jackson-Cartwright. The point guard muscled his way into a defender under the basket, drawing contact and sinking the shot to give Arizona a seven-point lead and momentum heading into the final minutes of the game.
Stat of the Game:
36 - After shooting lights out in the first half of the game, Fresno State was held to a pedestrian 36-percent from the field in the second half. The Bulldogs hit 58-percent of their shots before halftime, including all five three-pointers. Conversely, Arizona was able to hold Fresno State without a three pointer in all five attempts after halftime. Defense was key to this turn around and ultimately led to the Wildcats victory.
"This is my twelfth year as a head coach," Sean Miller said. "In the other eleven years combined, I have never seen this many injuries from the beginning of school until right now."
"Every practice, every game, every time I step on the court with them, I am building more chemistry," Trier said. "I'm learning how to play the game with them and it's translating."