TUCSON, AZ — Once again dominating on Tuesday evening, Arizona Basketball (3-0) came away with the big, 97-45 win over North Dakota State.
Following their huge wins over Northern Arizona and Texas Rio Grande Valley this past week, once again Arizona Basketball came ready to play on Tuesday evening, as five different players finished in double-figures en route to the Wildcats’ dominant, 97-45 win over visiting North Dakota State.
It was a history-making evening for the Cats as Arizona won by 50+ points for the second-straight game, a feat that hasn’t been done since the 1920-21 season. Beyond that, it was also the first time since the 1997-98 season that the Wildcats had two 50-point wins in a single season.
Christian Koloko would once again have a big night for the Cats, scoring 16 points while grabbing eight rebounds and blocking two shots.
Beyond that, Ben Mathurin returned to his dominant form as he scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds while shooting 5-11 from the field including 3-5 from beyond the arc. Azuolas Tubelis would finish his evening with 15 points and five rebounds, while Kerr Kriisa would add another 12 points of his (all scored on three-pointers).
The Wildcats dominated from the beginning, jumping out to a 21-5 lead in just the first seven-plus minutes of play, and didn’t look back. They even continued their strong play, finishing the half by outscoring the Bison 23-18 to make it 44-23 at the break.
Arizona Basketball continued their dominant performance in the second half, eventually coming away with the 52-point win.
Relying on a strong effort in the second half, once again the Wildcats turned up the defensive intensity continuing to build on their massive lead.
Playing an unselfish brand of basketball, the Cats opened the half by outscoring NDSU 33-13 in their first 10 minutes of play and continued to cruise in their dominant run. They would finish the game with 21 assists to just eight turnovers.
Arizona would bring in the rest of their bench in the last few minutes of play as they finished the game by outscoring NDSU 12-8 in the last seven minutes of the game to come away with the 97-45 win, and moving to 3-0 on the year.
So what’s next for Arizona Basketball?
Following their win, Arizona will have a short break before they return to action on Friday evening against Wichita State (3-0) in Las Vegas as they continue the basketball action in the Roman Main Event.
Here are highlights of the Wildcats’ dominant win over NDSU!