Defensively, the Cats utilized a zone defense which limited Samford's ability to use back cuts to get to the rim. What they did is force the Bulldogs into a McKale record 43 three-point attempts.
Arizona came out strong and never looked back. Although they did not bury the Bulldogs in the second half, they never let them come back either.
The Cats jumped out and scored the first six points of the game and never trailed. The Bulldogs got it as close as 8-5 but the Wildcats would score 14 of the next 16 points and this one would not get any closer.
Although Samford would hit nine second half three pointers, the Cats never let them come back. The hot shooting merely kept things from getting too far out of hand.
Marcus Williams, Chase Budinger and Mustafa Shakur each scored 14 points to pace the Wildcats. For Shakur a second half bucket made him the 40th Wildcat to eclipse 1,000 points. The senior also added six assists.
Samford's Randall Gulina led all scorers with 21 points as he made five three pointers.
The Wildcats will get Thanksgiving off and will return to action on Tuesday against UNLV.