Arizona moved to 11-1 on the season, with a 82-70 home win over UNLV. Here's a closer look at what happened:
Co-Players of the Game:
Dusan Ristic - The sophomore had the best game of his career, scoring a career-high 20 points on six of eight from the field. Ristic only had two rebounds, but also added two assists and two blocks in the game. Most of his work came in the first half, but Ristic attacked Ben Carter throughout the night and sent him to the bench with foul trouble early and often.
Ryan Anderson - It should be no surprise that Anderson continues to dominate on the court. The senior transfer picked up his fifth double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Anderson is the type of player who gets his statistics under the radar and did so tonight with some occasional flashy dunks.
* Arizona trailed early in the game and McKale Center was quieting down when two plays sparked the crowd and gave the Wildcats back the lead. The first came as Ristic answered a Stephen Zimmerman three pointer with one of his own. After a defensive stop Gabe York found Anderson for an alley opp slam and a one-point lead.
* The Wildcats pulled ahead late in the first half with the help of a four-point swing. On a fast break, Parker Jackson-Cartwright found Kadeem Allen for a layup. Allen was fouled on the play and UNLV Head Coach Dave Rice was immediately assessed a technical foul. York only hit one free throw, but Allen made his afterwards. On the next possession, Allonzo Trier nailed his first three-pointer of the night capping a quick 7-0 run.
* UNLV made a run in the second half, cutting the lead to as little as three, but Arizona was able to trade a few baskets and then go on a 8-0 run midway through the second half to stop the bleeding. Leading just 56-52, Arizona got sets of free throws from Ristic, Anderson, and Trier along with another bucket by the freshman to jump ahead 64-52.
* The Rebels cut the lead once again as the time was winding down in the game, pulling within four at 69-65, but an easy basket by Allen and a bucket and the foul from York pushed the lead back to nine and the Wildcats were able to survive.
Stat of the Game:
14 - Arizona went into halftime with just four turnovers, but turned the ball over 14 times in the second half. Despite being able to pull away from UNLV, the Wildcats seemed careless with the ball at times and that kept the game close. York, Allen, Trier, and Ristic all had three turnovers each in the second half. If Arizona is able to take care of the ball better, the game may not have been as close as it was towards the end of the game.
"We had some breakdowns, but they can really spread you out ," Sean Miller said. "When they ahve the ball they're making threes, they're driving. They're not an easy team to guard. Man-to-man defense is like running the ball in football. The more you do it, you wear the other team down and start to get those big runs. I thought we did that a little to them."
"I think I did a pretty good job in the first half, but that was a lot of teamwork," Ristic said. "My teammates, they threw me the ball inside and I just did some things that I do every day. It was just a lot of teamwork."