Arizona Wildcats basketball: Arizona 70, Augustana 59, final

2010-11-07T16:55:00Z 2012-11-30T19:29:48Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Arizona 70, Augustana 59, finalBy Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 07, 2010 4:55 pm  • 

Derrick Williams had 19 points and six rebounds to lead Arizona to a 70-59 exhibition win over Augustana of South Dakota today at McKale Center.

Although they never trailed their Division II opponent, the Wildcats displayed several weaknesses: They allowed Augustana to make two-thirds of its two-point shots in the first half, made only 20 of 33 free throws for the game and couldn’t easily stop Augustana sophomore guard Cameron McCaffrey.

McCaffrey, of Portland, Ore., sliced and shot his way to 20 points for the Vikings while Kyle Fogg was Arizona's second-leading scorer with 11 points.

The Wildcats were without center Kyryl Natyazhko, who suffered a concussion in practice during the week, while UA coach Sean Miller did not play freshman guard Daniel Bejarano for reasons that went unexplained before the game.

Arizona will open its regular season next Sunday against Idaho State at McKale Center.

Arizona extended its lead past 10 points midway through the second half with the help of two slick passes from Solomon Hill, a flip to Jamelle Horne underneath the basket and a right-handed dish to Williams for an alley-oop dunk that made it 53-40.

But they cruised into the final minutes with barely a double-digit lead and McKale Center quieted as the crowd of about 11,000 began to file out.

In the first half, Williams scored nine points in the first half to give Arizona a 38-31 lead, though the Wildcats struggled defensively.

Augustana made 67 percent of its two point shots, while keeping the game close throughout the first half. Arizona also hurt itself from the free throw line, making just 11 of 20 free throws in the half.

Arizona shot 52 percent from the field and outrebounded the Vikings 18-14, however.

Augustana cut the score to within 24-22 with seven minutes left, but came no closer.

The exhibition was a chance Miller to test out new combinations of players.

Brendon Lavender, Jesse Perry and Jordin Mayes were the first substitutes in the game, after the first media timeout. At about 14 minutes, Miller inserted Kevin Parrom and Alex Jacobson while he did not play Bejarano at all.

It is unclear if Natyazhko will be able to return in time for the Wildcats'regular-season opener on Nov. 14 against Idaho State since he will have to take a post-concussion test next week first. Parrom also suffered a concussion during the first weekend of practice, and missed a week.

Williams, meanwhile, played with a noticeable bruise over his right eye.

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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 0 0 0 0.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
USC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Azusa Pacific at
Washington State
11/7 12:00 am
Cal Poly Pomona at
Arizona
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
Arizona
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
Oregon
11/14 10:00 pm
Detroit at
Oregon
11/17 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Arizona
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
Colorado
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Oregon State
12/15 8:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
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