Lute Olson won his 500th game as head coach at Arizona. His first win at the school came on November 25th, 1983 was also against Northern Arizona.
Four Wildcats made their regular season debuts and all four scored on their first field goal attempts. Mustafa Shakur got the start, and Kirk Walters saw time in the first half. Matt Brase and Beau Muhlbach both got into the game late in the second half.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Isaiah Fox saw action for the first time this season after serving a two-game suspension. Fox scored 15 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had four blocked shots. He has never had more than one block before. He was a stellar 7-9 from the field and had a team-high eight offensive rebounds.
INISDE THE NUMBERS
NAU shot 32.1% from the field and 24.1% from behind the arc. Both are more than 10% off their averages last season. The Jacks shot just over 48% overall and 34% from three-point range last season.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Andre Iguodala stole the ball at midcourt and finished the play with a slam dunk. Iguodala was all alone and brought the ball between his legs before slamming it home the reverse dunk.
Arizona is 87-27 in the 114-game series. The Wildcats have won the last 21 meetings. Their last loss came in 1968.
Arizona is 76-20 (four game results are not known) in season openers. Olson is now 18-3 to start the season at Arizona.
For just the third time in Mike Adras' tenure at NAU, the Lumberjacks gave up more than 100 points. The last time it happened was last year against the Wildcats.
NAU has five players from Arizona. Jordan Ballard and Kyle Feuerbach are from Phoenix, Stephen Garnett is from Winslow, Matt Lyon hails from Prescott Valley, while Kodiak Yazzie grew up in Flagstaff.
TIES THAT BIND
NAU guard Chris Ferguson's father Jim played for Lute Olson at Long Beach City College. The family is also close with former Wildcat Rick Anderson's family. Jim Ferguson was a teammate of Gary Anderson at LBCC.
NAU coach Mike Adras coached two former Wildcats when he was the coach at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. Brian Williams (Bison Dele) and Matt Othick both played prep hoops for Adras. NAU assistant coach Ken Carillo is a Tucson native and is an Arizona grad. He was head coach at Tucson Mountain View High School in 1996-97.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
NAU's announcer is Kent Derdivanis who used to announce Arizona athletics in the early 80's.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The Wildcats won't play at McKale again until December 13th.
"I'll say I'm glad that I don't have to play them again. Not to sell my team short but Arizona is a different caliber team and we can't keep up with them...You watch them and you are in awe. They can do some amazing things on the court...I don't think you'll see too many teams in the country that quick."—NAU coach Mike Adras.
|R Boykin Jr.||27||7-11||0-0||6||9||1||3||14|
|TEAM REBS: 7|
TURNOVERS: 22 (K Golob 6, K Feuerbach 3, R Boykin Jr
BLOCKED SHOTS: 3 (A Hayes 3)
STEALS: 5 (K Yazzie 2, K Golob, J Kjellbom, C Burger)
3-PT FGS: 7-29, .241 (K Yazzie 2-9, R Boykin Jr
|TEAM REBS: 7|
TURNOVERS: 19 (C Rodgers 4, H Adams 3, M Shakur 3, S Stoudamire 2, A Iguodala 2, M Brase 2, J Ranne, K Walters, I Fox)
BLOCKED SHOTS: 12 (H Adams 5, I Fox 4, C Frye 3)
STEALS: 11 (A Iguodala 4, H Adams 3, C Frye, M Shakur, C Rodgers, S Stoudamire)
3-PT FGS: 7-23, .304 (H Adams 0-1, A Iguodala 1-3, M Shakur 2-2, S Stoudamire 1-9, J Ranne 0-1, F Torres 0-1, C Rodgers 2-5, B Muhlbach 1-1)
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