No. 6 Arizona men’s basketball saw five players compile double-digits in the Wildcats’ 91-57 victory over Long Beach State as the UA pushed its streak of non-conference home wins to nine and won the Fiesta Bowl Classic.
Nine minutes into the second half, the Wildcats increased their lead to a high of 28 points, leading the 49ers 61-33. With 7:25 left in the game, Arizona had securely pulled ahead and led by 30 points.
Freshman forward Aaron Gordon compiled his second double-double in as many games as the San Jose, Calif. native had 14 points and 10 rebounds, plus two assists and a block on the night.
In his first game as a Wildcat against Cal Poly, Gordon posted a 13-point, 10-rebound performance.
Sophomore forward Brandon Ashley scored a game-high 16 points, and finished the night with seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and a steal. Despite the fact that the San Francisco, Calif. native fouled out, he provided tremendous energy and was a key cog in the Wildcats’ victory and won the most valuable player award.
Junior guard Nick Johnson added six points and three rebounds to his first half statistics. Johnson, a Gilbert, Ariz. native, shot 5-for-10 from the field and scored 14 points, five rebounds and a block over the course of the game.
During the final minutes of play, Arizona allowed their reserves some action and saw among others, junior forward Matt Korcheck, redshirt freshman center Zach Peters, and freshman Trey Mason receive playing time.
Peters, a Kansas transfer, stepped on the court for the first time to face live action as a Wildcat. He shot 0-for-2 with his only two attempts coming from three-point range.
Until recently, Peters was sidelined and had to be cleared by both the NCAA and Arizona’s medical personnel before the 6-foot-10 center could play. Over his time at Kansas, Peters suffered multiple concussions.
Korcheck scored two points and compiled two rebounds and an assist in seven minutes. Mason, the son of Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer and former Wildcat Harvey Mason Jr., saw his first minutes of play tonight and subsequently shot 1-for-1, sinking his only attempt from three-point range. Mason additionally had a rebound on the night.
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