Cats now 4-0 on exhibition tour

The University of Arizona men's basketball team opened the game with a 20-2 run and was never challenged in its 73-45 exhibition win over Simon Fraser University Sunday night. The win upped Arizona's record to 4-0 on its current tour of Vancouver, British Columbia.

The visiting Wildcats hit eight of its first 10 shots from the floor in sprinting to a 20-2 lead just four minutes and 59 seconds. Simon Fraser managed just two free throws in the same span and didn't make its first field goal until the 14:18 mark.

Four different Wildcats scored in the run, which saw UA use pressure defense to force turnovers at one end and good ball movement at the other.

"This was far and away our best defensive effort," said UA head coach Lute Olson. "We pressured the ball with all five guys, which should be a strength of this team, I thought our first group really moved the ball well. Our guys (generated) open shots."

Senior guard Mustafa Shakur led the Wildcats with 13 points and, perhaps more importantly, four steals. The Wildcats collected 17 steals in the contest and forced a total of 30 SFU turnovers. Those miscues led to 40 Arizona points.

"We came out with a lot of energy tonight," said Shakur," and that started on the defensive end. The whole team was playing good defense and we were getting loose balls."

Arizona shot 50 percent or better from the floor in both halves, and finished by shooting at a 50.8 percent clip. The UA starters were a combined 15-of-28 from the floor.

In addition to Shakur's efforts, Marcus Williams and J.P. Prince added 10 points apiece. Eight of the 11 Wildcats to see action scored at least six points.

Arizona held SFU to just 32.1 percent shooting for the game, marking the second straight game that the opposition has shot less than 33 percent from the field. All four opponents on the tour to date have shot less than 38 percent from the field.

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