Mustafa Shakur had a great line. The sophomore point guard scored 23 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed eight rebounds.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Shakur steals the ball in the open floor and goes for a breakaway, two-handed slam that gave Arizona the 2-0 lead.
Arizona held the Toreros scoreless for 6:49 and went on a 16-0 run midway through the first half that put the game away.
Two Torero players scored 65% of the team's points. Brice Vounang scored 28 and Brandon Gay scored 17. The Wildcats were not much better Ivan Radenovic, Mustafa Shakur and Salim Stoudamire scored 63 of Arizona's 80 points (78.8%).
Arizona never trailed and after the 9:41 mark of the first quarter they never led by less than double figures.
Ivan Radenovic had a career high 20 points and 10 rebounds. His previous highs were 19 and nine. Mustafa Shakur had a career high 23 points and tied his career high with eight rebounds. Channing Frye had a career high seven assists.
San Diego's Brice Vounang had a career high 28 points.
Jawann McClellan and Mohamed Tangara made their regular season debuts. Neither player scored, although McClellan did grab three rebounds. McClellan was 0-2, while Tangara missed his lone shot attempt. Jesus Verdejo, Daniel Dillon and Bret Brielmaier did not play.
A TALE OF TWO HALVES
Arizona shot 42.9% in the first half and just 35.9% in the second half. Conversely, San Diego shot 35.5% in the first half and 50% in the second. Brandon Gay scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half.
NOVEMBERS TO REMEMBER
Arizona is now 13-1 in the preseason N.I.T. and have won 13 straight. Arizona is 77-20 in season openers and 19-3 in openers under Olson. Arizona is now 47-8 in November under Olson.
AGAINST SAN DIEGO
Arizona is now 2-0 against San Diego. Their last meeting was in 1972 when the Wildcats won 79-70. In that game Coniel Norman scored 22 points and Al Fleming pulled down 23 rebounds. LACK OF A ROTATION
Arizona starters played 171 of 200 game minutes. Add sixth man Chris Rodgers to the equation and six players played 190 of 200 minutes.
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