Cats beat the Dogs

Samford wanted to slow things down, the Wildcats wanted to dictate tempo. For the most part it was the Wildcats who were successful as Arizona downed Samford 86-57.

The Bulldogs play the slow-down Princeton offense, but they could do little to slow things up for the Wildcats. The Arizona failed to get to their season average of 97 points, but they were still able to play mostly up-tempo.

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.

Williams and Budinger each had eight rebounds. Jawann McClellan and Ivan Radenovic led the Wildcats with nine rebounds. The two scored 12 and 10 points respectively.

Samford's Randall Gulina led all scorers with 21 points as he made five three pointers.

Unlike the New Mexico State game, seven reserves played against the Bulldogs. Five bench players played at least eight minutes with Daniel Dillon and Nic Wise each logging 19 minutes.

The Wildcats will get Thanksgiving off and will return to action on Tuesday against UNLV.

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