Vets prevail in Red/Blue Game

It is always tough to get a good gauge on how good a team is from an intersquad scrimmage, but the Cats did showcase some nice things in the annual Red/Blue game.

The blue team compose primarily of upperclassmen used a 19-3 second half run to pull away and beat the younger blue squad 93-81.

Ivan Radenovic 19 of his game high 35 points in the second half, including 17 in the first 10 minutes of the second frame. The senior power forward was 12-16 from the field and grabbed a game high 10 rebounds as well.

Radenovic was in synch all night with fellow senior Mustafa Shakur. The two ran the break on no fewer than five occasions and it seemed as if Shakur's default on any offensive possession was to find the big man.

Shakur looked as fast as he has looked in four years, and turnovers aside, played a tremendous game. Shakur scored 14 points, while dishing out a staggering 13 assists. On a negative note he did commit 6 turnovers.

The blue team started strong. A Jawann McClellan three in the opening minutes gave the veterans a 9-2 lead and a 9-0 run just moments later put the blue up 18-4.

McClellan played well. Although Lute Olson wanted him to play limited minutes, the junior from Houston played 29 minutes and scored 22 points. He led both teams with 3-5 shooting from behind the arc and only showed a little discomfort with his knee.

The red team slowly climbed back into the game. Chase Budinger scored back to back buckets to start a run and a Nic Wise bucket and foul capped the 12-4 spurt.

Wise was impressive. The freshman showed great quickness and the ability to find space in the lane. He led the red team with 22 points and added five assists. He did have trouble taking care of the ball, committing six turnovers.

Budinger and J.P. Price also had trouble hanging onto the ball. Budinger committed eight turnovers, while Prince added five of his own. The two made up for those mistakes with good scoring and rebounding. Budinger shot just 40%, but scored 20 points, grabbed seven boards and dished out five assists. Prince scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds as well.

Bret Brielmaier and Jordan Hill each had eight rebounds to lead the red. Brielmaier also had two boards for the blue team.

The blue got a pair of baskets by Shakur to go up 26-16, but the red did not give up. The youngsters hit three straight threes as the teams traded scores, but trimmed the lead to four, 31-27.

The red trailed 41-39 at the half, but Shakur and Radenovic opened the second half with three straight transition buckets and began the half on a 10-2 run. The red would get within five but could get no closer.

*Marcus Williams and Kirk Walters sat out the game. Williams has an injured ankle while Walters is still trying to overcome a concussion.

*Former Arizona State head coach Bill Frieder was on hand. He was introduced to the crowd by Lute Olson as an "old Wildcat fan".

We'll have more coverage of the game including a game log and individual player analysis later today.

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