No. 14 Arizona Basketball routs Utah Tech, prepares for Maui

TUCSON, AZ – Led by their starters who all finished in double-figures, Arizona Basketball (3-0) dominated Utah Tech (1-3) 104-77.  

Fresh off of dominant wins over Nicholls and Southern, No. 14 Arizona Basketball returned to action inside McKale Center for one last tune-up game before heading to Maui.

Taking on Utah Tech, the Wildcats were fueled by a collective team effort in this one as all five Wildcat starters finished in double-figures.

Kerr Kriisa led the way offensively with 24 points, five assists, and four rebounds, as he finished shooting 6-7 from three. Beyond Kerr, Azuolas Tubelis scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds, meanwhile, Oumar Ballo added with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

However, it was Arizona’s Cedric Henderson that stole the show as the transfer forward finished his day with a career-high 18 points on 7-10 shooting while also grabbing five rebounds.

Jumping out to a dominant first-half lead, No. 14 Arizona Basketball imposed their will as the Wildcats cruised to the 27-point win.

Despite falling behind 4-0 early, Arizona dominated the Trailblazers for much of the first half as the Wildcats responded with a 41-9 run to give the Cats a commanding, 41-13 lead with 5:08 to play in the first half.

Continuing to stay aggressive, the Wildcats would close out the half with a comfortable, 49-21 lead.

Using a strong effort to begin the second half, the Wildcats would open the half on an 11-5 run to lead by as many as 34 with 17:15 to play.

Unfortunately, the Wildcats would hit a bit of a rough patch Utah Tech would cut Arizona’s lead from 34 to 23 after an 18-7 run.

Luckily, Arizona was able to close things out as the Wildcats used a stifling defense and an offensive barrage that eventually paced the Cats to the dominant, 104-77 win over Utah Tech.

With the victory, the Wildcats improve to 3-0 on the season, and No. 14 Arizona will resume basketball action on Monday when they take on Cincinnati to begin the Maui Invitational. Tip-off for Monday’s game is slated at 9:30 PM MST.

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