Cats up and down in exhibition final

Arizona started out hot but could not keep up the pressure and coasted to a 104-81 win against Team Georgia in there final exhibition games.

The Wildcats once again used a ton of players and Lute Olson was able to audition a number of players, but the team did not look great in the second half as they struggled against the zone and let Team Georgia hit eight second half three pointers.

The Wildcats built up a 30-point second half lead only to see it get trimmed to 14 at one point. Sloppy play in the second half on both ends of the court hurt the Wildcats.

The Cats may have scored 104 points but they had just three scorers in double figures.

Chris Rodgers led the Wildcats with 22 points, making 5-10 three pointers. Rodgers also had seven rebounds, four steals and four assists.

Hassan Adams added 18 points and true freshman Marcus Williams had 15 points, while adding seven boards and three assists.

The story of the game may have been Bret Brielmaier. Lute Olson said all week that he wanted to give the walk-on an opportunity and he made the most of his opportunity. He scored just five points but ripped down a team high 11 rebounds and Olson indicated after the game that he would most likely get the start against Kansas next week. The Cats stormed out, but really struggled in the second half. The defense gave up too many open looks from behind the arc, while the Wildcat offense struggled against a 2-3 zone that Team Georgia trotted out in the final 20 minutes.

It was no surprise that the Wildcats got it going early on. After trading buckets with Team Georgia for the first two minutes the Cats rattled off their first of many runs. Five players scored a bucket apiece as the Cats jumped out to a 17-7 lead thanks to an 11-2 run. Hassan Adams got things going with a three pointer and J.P. Prince wrapped the run with a lay-up two minutes later.

The Cats proceeded to outscore Team Georgia 11-2 during a 4:00 stretch that saw Prince score two buckets while reserves Daniel Dillon, Kirk Walters and Bret Brielmaier all chipped in a score.

Team Georgia got it as close as 30-18 with just over 8:00 to play but the Wildcats quickly scored 14 of the next 17 points and had a 44-21 lead less than three minutes later.

The visitors made an early second half run when they went to a zone. After deploying the defense the went out to a 10-0 and trimmed a 30-point lead to 20.

Just a few minutes Team Georgia rattled off a 15-2 and hung around the rest of the half.

The Wildcat point guards did a great job distributing the ball. Starter Mustafa Shakur had seven assists, while J.P. Prince added five off the bench.

All told the Cats assisted on 29 of their 42 buckets.


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