Wildcats Handle Team Georgia

Just days away from their regular season opener, the Arizona Wildcats had one more opponent to take care of during their exhibition season, Team Georgia. Despite leading Team Georgia by just two points at one point in the second half of tonight's game, the Cats still managed to defeat Team Georgia, 96-73.

The Wildcats were led by sophomore Chase Budinger who led the team with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Budinger also handed out 4 assists in his 26 minutes of play. Jerryd Bayless had 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists while his freshman counterpart, Jamelle Horne, was the story of the night. Horne received the start against Team Georgia tonight and he did not disappoint. Horne produced another efficient stat line, providing the Cats with 16 points, & 9 rebounds while playing a team high 32 minutes.

The Cats front court was put in a tough spot early in the game when sophomore Jordan Hill got into foul trouble, picking up two quick fouls before sitting for the duration of the first half. Despite playing just 14 minutes, Hill did score 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. That led interim head coach Kevin O'Neill to go with a center by committee, using the combination of Kirk Walters, Mohamed Tangara, and Bret Brielmaier. Those three combined to play 24 minutes grabbing 9 rebounds.

Senior leader Jawann McClellan scored 15 points on 6-10 shooting, grabbing 7 rebounds and handing out 4 assists. Backup point guard Nic Wise played 24 minutes, scoring 5 points while handing out a team high 7 assists against Team Georgia.

The new and improved Arizona defense held Team Georgia to 39% shooting from the field, along with just 26% from behind the arc. The Wildcats also forced 21 turnovers from Team Georgia.

Even with a 23 point victory come negative attributes of a game. The Cats allowed Team Georgia to grab 15 offensive rebounds despite outrebounding Team Georgia by 17. The Wildcats also turned the ball over 23 times to 20 assists, a complete turnaround from what they produced against Concordia last Sunday. On the flip side, the Cats did improve their free throw shooting against Team Georgia, shooting 71% while attempting 34 free throws.

WildcatInsider.com will continue to provide coverage from Arizona's victory over Team Georgia.

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