Seen at heard at McKale Center

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Seen & Heard at McKale Center

Get oopsed to it

It took less than two minutes on Monday night, but the Wildcats finally gave the fans what they so desperately wanted.

An alley-oop.

After T.J. McConnell stole the ball after a Long Beach St. player grabbed a McConnell missed shot, Aaron Gordon pointed to the sky, and McConnell rewarded him.

Gordon flashed to the rim, took off and McConnell found him for a beautiful flush, Arizona’s first converted alley-oop of the season.

The Wildcats added their second of the season less than 10 game minutes later, as Gabe York found a soaring Nick Johnson with the dunk to make the score 19-9. The York-to-Johnson connection would strike again late in the first half, putting the high-flying Wildcats up 42-15 with 1:21 left.

Gordon tried to make it happen in the team’s first game of the year, a 73-62 win over Cal Poly, but his errant pass to Johnson was squandered and the Wildcats did not try again.

Zona Zeus

Center Kaleb Tarczewski made his triumphant return to the Arizona starting lineup and made the most of it early on Monday night against Long Beach State.

After UA won the tip, he scored the game’s first bucket and added a rebound on the Wildcats’ first defensive possession, before scoring again a short time later. He ended the first half with four points and six rebounds.

Tarczewski, who started all 35 games last season as a freshman, began the 2013-14 regular season on the bench, suffering from a sore hip that put guard York into the first five in the win over Cal Poly. Tarczewski went on to have 11 points, but zero rebounds, in 19 minutes of play.

“It ended up working out because Cal Poly tried to spread us out and going smaller was certainly the answer,” Arizona coach Sean Miller told reporters afterward, about the decision to start York.

BIG NUMBER

14

The UA defense put the clamps all over Long Beach State in the first half, holding the 49ers to 14 percent shooting. Long Beach State hit just 5 of 35 field goals to open the game, including just 1 of 14 from three-point range. Starters Mike Caffey, David Samuels, Dan Jennings and McKay LaSalle combined to make just 3 of 22 shots in the first half.

VETERAN’S DAY HONORS

On Veteran’s Day, the Wildcats celebrated two Air Force personnel who recently returned from combat deployment.

With Wilbur Wildcat dressed in camo pants, Arizona honored Technical Sergeant Rachel Lemoine, who served 42 combat missions in Afghanistan, and 1st Lieutenant Brett Neilson, who flew more than 80 combat sortied in Afghanistan, in an on-court ceremony.

After, they asked current service members and veterans to stand and receive applause.

ON THE DEFENSIVE

Arizona had a major defensive streak in the team’s opening win over Cal Poly, a 5-minute 17-second stretch in which the Wildcats held the Mustangs to zero points, with McConnell leading the way. The minute he exited, Cal Poly reeled off a 6-0 streak.

Arizona was nearly as stingy early on Monday. Long Beach State managed just four points in the first 7:15 before Christian Griggs-Williams hit a free throw to cut Arizona’s lead to 14-5. The Cats held the 49ers to 2-for-19 shooting to start the game, including 0 for 8 from three-point range.

BIG NUMBER II

23

York and Gordon combined for 23 first-half points against Long Beach State, outscoring the 49ers by themselves, 23-18.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 10 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 1 0 0.909
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 8 2 0 0.800
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 5 0 0.545
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon State at
Quinnipiac
12/21 52-60
USC at
Boston College
12/21 75-71
San Jose State at
Washington State
12/21 53-82
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Wisconsin at
California
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
Arizona at
UNLV
12/23 8:00 pm
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