Arizona over Humbolt State 108-67
Reporter: Jason Barr, Sports Director
TUCSON (Arizona Athletics) The University of Arizona men's basketball opened fast and never looked back Wednesday in a 108-67 victory over Humboldt State in the first of two exhibition contests for the team.
"Tonight allowed our young guys to get their feet wet playing in front of a big crowd," said Arizona head coach Sean Miller. "The more game experience they can get the better it will be for the long haul."
Kaleb Tarczewski posted a double-double in his first action in an Arizona uniform with 18 points and 10 boards. He led the team in both categories.
Tarczewski was one of five UA players with double-digit points. Joining the Arizona freshman were Mark Lyons (15), Solomon Hill (15), Nick Johnson (14) and Brandon Ashley (12).
UA put its depth on display with 10 Wildcats played double-digit minutes, all of whom scored five or more points. Six players hit threes, nine players dished out assists and nine players grabbed rebounds.
"The big difference from a year ago is the obvious: we are bigger," said Miller. "With size comes depth. One of the challenges for us is to utilize our size to our advantage."
The Cats won the battle at the glass with a 46-26 rebounding advantage. Nine different Cats had a board with Tarczewski's 10 leading the way.
Arizona was unconscious from the field in the second half, hitting at a 75% clip (24-32) for the period and a 59.1% mark for the game compared to Humboldt State's 40.4%.
The Wildcats hit 11 threes and shot 44% from behind the arc in the contest, but allowed HSU to put up a 47.4%
"Although we out rebounded Humboldt and did a good job around the basket, four our team to give up 9-for-19 from three (point range), you're really playing with fire," said Miller. "Their open threes came from missed rotations and irresponsibility."
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