It was an impressive team effort that saw Arizona's big two of Luke Walton and Jason Gardner attempt just 16 shots between them. The pair scored 12 and 10 respectively, but were plenty content passing the ball combining for 13 of the team's 23 assists. Andre Iguodala had a team-high 15 points, whileHassan Adams and Rick Anderson chipped in with 13 points apiece.
"We're so deep that anyone can go off," said Dennis Latimore who scored nine points. "One through nine can lead us in scoring on any night."
The Wildcats played great defense and took care of the ball much better than they did last week against EA sports. The Wildcats committed just 13 turnovers after coughing up the ball 25 times a week ago.
"We played well," said Gardner. "We moved the ball better and played better on defense. On a whole, we were playing pretty well."
Anderson and Dedric Wiloughby were the early stories. The senior forward scored the Wildcats' first seven points, while the former Iowa State star kept Nike close with two three's. Channing Frye added a jump hook and the Wildcats led 9-6 before the first timeout.
Wiloughby kept up the hot hand and brought Nike into the lead. His breakaway steal and assist tied the game and his third three pointer gave the visitor's a short-lived 18-15 lead.
Arizona went to the press and, although the pressure gave Nike troubles, the Cats couldn't take advantage. That is until Dennis Latimore stepped up. The press forced two straight turnovers and it was Latimore who finished the transition opportunities. The sophomore dunked home a Hassan Adams miss and followed that with an old-fashioned three-point play after he was fouled on a lay-in. The smoke cleared and the Cats led by eight, 30-22.
The Wildcats continued to pull away, due in large part to a 15-1 run that was sparked by the continuous pressure defense and three Will Bynum three pointers. The Wildcats led by as many as 24 and took a 55-32 lead into the locker room.
"I was just in a nice rhythm," Bynum said. "I felt relaxed. I felt good out there."
Arizona proved to be just too deep and too talented for Team Nike. The Cats kept up the pressure and by the 10:00 mark saw their lead grow to 28, 83-55.
Even with a seemingly safe lead the Cats kept up the intensity. Nike never got into a rhythm and just could not contain the high-octane Wildcats. Andre Iguodala found himself at the front of two straight fast breaks and his two highlight reel dunks gave the Wildcats a 91-58 lead.
Nike never got into striking distance, but they did not give up either. They rattled off an 11-2 run that cut into the Arizona lead and, with Olson's bench cleared, the visitors were able to out-play the Cats and get the game within 20 by the end.
Arizona plays for real on Saturday when they host Western Kentucky at the McKale Center.
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