Early run leads the Cats

Arizona used a 25-0 first half run and then battled to fend off a pesky New Mexico State. The Cats used hot shooting from Jawann McClellan and pulled away late 102-87 over the Aggies.

It was another strange game for the Wildcats. The outrebounded New Mexico State by 16 and went on a 25-0 run, but found themselves up just five late.

It was a game that saw the starters play 187 of 200 minutes. No starter played less than 36 minutes and the five bench players who did see the floor scored just one point and grabbed three rebounds.

A Chase Budinger lay-up capped the 25-0 run and the Wildcats led 32-8.

Budinger finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

The Aggies rallied and cut the lead to just 14 at the half and were not done.

Arizona led by double figures for most of the second half but the Aggies slowly chipped away. Ted Kanuber and Elijah Ingram scored back-to-back buckets to cut the Wildcat lead to 91-85.

The Wildcats scored 11 of the final 13 points and pulled away for the win.

Ivan Radenovic led the Wildcats with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Mustafa Shakur dished out a game high nine assists and scored 15 points.

It was Jawann McClellan who had the hot hand. The swingman hit all seven of his three point attempts, including five in the first half, on his way to 22 points. Like Budinger, he added seven rebounds.

Marcus Williams rebounded from a second half benching against NAU to pump in 20 points and 11 rebounds.


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