Arizona Completes the Sweep

Arizona won their second straight game Saturday afternoon giving them a sweep of the Bay area schools defeating the Cal Golden Bears by a score of 60-55. The Cats won the battle of the boards 47-30, 21 on the offensive glass and Arizona overcame a late surge to secure the win.

Arizona played their second straight game without Chris Rodgers who was dismissed from the team Wednesday night, but once again appeared poised to come away with the win and clearly played as a whole.

Against Stanford Marcus Williams and Mustafa Shakur had huge nights for the Cats, and they looked to continue that tonight. For Williams the shots were not falling as easily but he was able to come away with nine points alongside a season high 11 rebounds. Shakur tallied four points with four assists.

Arizona took an early lead in the first half for the second straight night and led at the half by a score of 29-22. The UA had struggled this season and often got down early, but they bucked that trend in the past two games.

In the first half, both sides had shot 39% for the game, but Arizona dominated the glass all night long and second chance buckets really kept them in the lead for the entire game.

The second half was much different than the first, and the Cats led by nine points for most of the second half before Cal made a late push.

For the game the Golden Bears shot 43% from the field compared to Arizona's 33%. Arizona grabbed 21 offensive rebounds in the game, which kept momentum in Arizona's favor who appeared faster and much more fluid than the larger California team.

With under a minute to go in the game, Hassan Adams had the opportunity to put things away at the line but he missed one of his two attempts, putting the Cats up 58-55 with eight ticks remaining in the game. Cal's Ayinde Ubaka attempted an ill-fated three point field goal which bounced off the rim. Arizona hit both of their two free throws with one second left giving them the five point win.

Adams had yet another solid night for the UA with 16 points and nine rebounds. Ivan Radenovic put forth his second strong effort in as many games with 10 points and nine boards. These two performances were right alongside an impressive showing by freshman Fendi Onubon.

Onubon began the season with the intention of being redshirted until Rodgers was dismissed. Onubon played in the game against Stanford where he showed that he belonged on the floor. Tonight was no different as he added six points, and one board in just 10 minutes of playing time.

Another team effort by the Cats translates into another win and now the Cats will go on the road Wednesday night to face their arch rivals Arizona State before traveling to Chapel Hill, NC to take on the Tar Heels of North Carolina on Saturday.


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