Cats roll in exhibition opener

The Wildcats finally got to face an opponent with a different jersey. The Cats routed Team Georgia 110-78 in their first exhibition game to start the season.

The Cats used a 20-6 first half run to break open the contest and never looked back.

"I definitely liked what I saw today," said Wildcat center Channing Frye.

Frye led the Wildcats 23 points and 16 rebounds.

"I thought Channing was a big factor on the glass for us," said Lute Olson. The Wildcats were just too talented for the traveling team of professionals. Team Georgia came to town with a roster made up of small school stars and a handful of D-I veterans. Despite having an age and strength advantage, the visitors could not hang with the Cats.

"Arizona has a really deep team and they always will have fresh legs on the floor," said Team Georgia coach Elbert Outlaw. "They play really tough and we couldn't keep up with them today."

Arizona got out to an early lead 16-6 thanks to a 14-1. The Cats got early buckets from Frye, Jawann McClellan and Ivan Radenovic. Frye opened with two straight buckets, and then McClellan and Radenovic added two each. Stoudamire capped the run with a long two.

Arizona absolutely dominated the first half and it was clear that when Mustafa Shakur is on the floor, the team plays much better. Shakur has clearly established himself as the team leader and the rest of the team follows his lead. Despite not having any points and only two assists in the first half, it was evident that the team played much better with Shakur on the floor. Shakur ended the game with 11 assists and just one turnover.

The Cats let Team Georgia climb back in, but the 20-6 run ended any hopes of a victory celebration in the visiting locker room.

Arizona opened the second half strong with a 10-2 run making the score 68-40 early in the half. However, Team Georgia answered right back with a 13-2 run which made the score 70-53.

Arizona really dug in for the rest of the game and a 10-0 run made the score 92-64. Stoudamire contributed eight points in the run. The Cats coasted the rest of the way. .

Stoudamire finished with 21 points on 7-12 shooting, including 3-of-5 behind the arc.

All Photos By Carl F. Shifflette III

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