Las Vegas, where amazing happens. ASU almost won, but gave it away in the final 5 minutes. Arizona almost did the same Thursday afternoon. Â Arizona fans were on their feet and easily filled up at least 1/3 of the entire arena to cheer on their Cats. The Cats did not disappoint. The Cats went ahead 2 minutes into the game and never looked back. They were up by 14 at one point in the second half before they let Colorado breathe and come to within four before they were able to close out the victory.
For Arizona, Nick Johnson had a huge game scoring 18 points on 6-7 shooting and 3 assists. He hit a clutch shot with 35 seconds left to give the Cats a 6 point lead. He also had a block on the next possession sealing the victory. Everyone who got into the game contributed something. Solomon Hill had 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Jordin Mayes, Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett all had great games. Jordin finally found his touch hitting 2-3 three-pointers and another shot that had his foot on the line for 8 points. Ashley had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Meanwhile, Jerrett had 7 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Colorado was led by their two usual suspects, Spencer Dewinddle and Andre Robertson. Spencer had 18 points and 2 assists and steals. Robertson had a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards.
Arizona will face UCLA after they were able to come back from a pointÂ deficitÂ to beat ASU 80-75. UCLA was led by Shabazz Muhammad (16 points, 9 rebounds), Larry Drew III (20 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds), and Travis Wear (15 points, 6 rebounds). Â Arizona will need another strong performance from everyone who gets minutes. The key matchup will be who plays against Larry Drew III on defense. I think Jordin Mayes will be a valuable player who should get more minutes for his defense. GO CATS and Â BEARDOWN!
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