Cats look sharper in exhibition win

Five Wildcats finished in double figures as the University of Arizona men's basketball easily defeated the Vancouver All-Stars, 106-78, Sunday afternoon at Simon Fraser University.

Junior Bret Brielmaier scored a game-high 24 points to lead five Wildcats in double figures as Arizona posted its highest point total on this current tour of Vancouver against a collection of former college players.

The Wildcats jumped out early, hitting six of its first 10 shots, and led 16-3 just four minutes into the contest. Brielmaier was the driving force from the get-go, sinking three field goals in that four-minute span.

The 6-foot-6 forward from Mankato, Minn., hit all eight shots in the first half and his 18 points nearly matched the All-Stars first-half output of 28. Brielmaier also added five boards and two assists in the effort.

"Shots were there for me today," said Brielmaier. "My teammates just gave me the ball. I had a lot of fast break points. I have to thank Nic (Wise) and Mustafa (Shakur) for getting it to me."

UA head coach Lute Olson was pleased with the effort, largely due to balance, ball movement and the ability to get good shots.

The Wildcats shot 54.8 percent from the floor in the first half and 51.3 percent for the game. Nine players scored five or more points, while seven players grabbed four or more rebounds.

"The competition wasn't as good today, but we shot the ball much better today," said Olson. "The guys did a better job of moving the ball and making the extra pass."

Daniel Dillon continued his run of strong performances, as the 6-foot-3 junior from Melbourne, Australia, hit 6-of-9 field goals en route to 16 points.

"Daniel continues to play very well for us," said Olson.

Mohamed Tangara tallied 13 points, while Kirk Walters chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds and Jordan Hill added 11 points and seven boards.

Arizona's five-game tour in Vancouver continues tonight at 7p.m. PDT against Simon Fraser.

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