Seniors Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill played efficient offense and Arizona stifled Chico State defensively in a 98-60 exhibition win tonight at McKale Center.
Hill finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and two assists, having hit his first 12 free throws and finishing the evening 13 of 14 from the line.
Lyons was 7 for 9 from the field, hitting both three-pointers he took, to lead both teams in scoring with 20 points. Lyons also had three assists and two rebounds.
The Wildcats allowed Chico State to just 2 of 20 three-point shooting in the first half, after coach Sean Miller complained after they allowed 9 of 19 from long range against Humboldt State last week. Chico State rebounded somewhat in the second half, finishing with a 23.5 percent mark from three-point range and shooting 33.8 percent overall.
The Wildcats also received 12 points from Kevin Parrom and 10 from Grant Jerrett.
While four players had six rebounds or more, one of them did not include 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski, who had seven points and no rebounds and fouled out with 7:32 left in the game.
Tarczewski, a freshman from New Hampshire, had 18 points and 10 rebounds in UA’s first exhibition game last week against Humboldt State.
In the first half, Hill had 13 points and eight rebounds while UA took a 47-23 halftime lead over Chico State.
While Hill led the Wildcats offensively in the half, Lyons had 11 points and scored six points in the first six minutes of the game when UA raced to a 12-2 start.
Arizona was ahead 41-20 at the final media timeout of the first half. Chico has turned the ball over 10 times already at that point.
The game allowed Miller to experiment for his final time before the Wildcats’ season opener on Sunday against Charleston Southern. He went with his same starting lineup as against Humboldt, with Lyons, Hill, Nick Johnson, Grant Jerrett and Tarczewski.
Miller’s first substitution put Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett inside, while Tarczewski to the bench. Miller also played reserves Parrom, Gabe York and Angelo Chol in the first 10 minutes of the game.
The game was streamed live by the Pac-12 Network.