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Men's basketball: Arizona 108, Humboldt State 67: Cats' freshmen big men show hype is deserved

UA builds 22-5 lead in exhibition, puts on show in easy victory
2012-11-01T00:00:00Z 2014-08-01T11:20:27Z Men's basketball: Arizona 108, Humboldt State 67: Cats' freshmen big men show hype is deservedBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 01, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Arizona 108, humboldt state 67

FG FT Reb Humboldt Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Robinson 21 4-6 2-2 3-5 0 5 12

Williams 26 9-17 1-1 0-6 0 2 22

Chamberlain 21 0-2 0-2 1-2 1 4 0

Hentley 8 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 3

Bryan 17 0-2 4-6 0-2 1 3 4

Woods 23 1-4 1-5 0-1 2 2 4

Delong 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Brown 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0

Dillard 16 3-8 2-2 0-1 0 4 10

Kale 23 5-6 1-3 0-1 0 2 11

Pender 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2

Turpin 26 0-7 1-2 0-1 2 3 1

Witzel 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0

Leslie 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 3 0

Team 1-5

Totals 200 23-57 12-23 5-26 8 32 67

Percentages: FG .40.4, FT .52.2. 3-point goals: 9-19, .47.4 (Robinson 2-2, Williams 3-4, Hentley 1-1, Bryan 0-1, Woods 1-2, Dillard 2-6, Turpin 0-3). Blocked shots: 0. Turnovers: 20 (Robinson 1, Williams 2, Hentley 1, Bryan 3, Woods 4, Brown 1, Dillard 2, Kale 3, Turpin 2, Leslie 1). Steals: 6 (Robinson 2, Williams 1, Hentley 1, Woods 1, Dillard 1).

FG FT Reb Arizona Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Jerrett 20 4-9 0-0 1-5 3 2 9

Hill 27 4-10 6-7 0-4 4 2 15

Tarczewski 24 7-9 4-5 4-10 0 1 18

Lyons 21 4-9 3-6 1-4 5 5 15

Johnson 25 6-9 0-0 0-5 4 4 14

York 12 2-2 0-0 0-1 2 4 6

Parrom 18 3-4 2-6 2-2 1 1 8

Mayes 17 2-3 2-6 0-0 4 0 6

Ashley 19 5-8 2-3 1-8 0 3 12

Chol 17 2-3 1-3 3-4 0 1 5

Team 0-3

Totals 200 39-66 19-32 12-46 23 23 108

Percentages: FG .59.1, FT .59.4. 3-point goals: 11-25, .44 (Jerrett 1-3, Hill 1-5, Lyons 4-7, Johnson 2-4, York 2-2, Parrom 0-1, Mayes 1-2, Ashley 0-1). Blocked shots: 4 (Jerrett 3, Chol 1). Turnovers: 14 (Jerrett 1, Hill 4, Lyons 2, Johnson 3, Mayes 1, Ashley 2, Chol 1). Steals: 10 (Jerrett 1, Hill 1, Lyons 1, Johnson 5, York 1, Mayes 1).

Humboldt State 35 32 - 67

Arizona 46 62 - 108

A - 12,431

Just over nine minutes had passed before the Arizona Wildcats took a 20-point lead in their first exhibition game of the season Wednesday, and one thing was already clear.

All those recruiting service stories, all those high school all-star games, all those passionate tweets and blogs weren't just full of hype.

The Wildcats' three freshmen big men, as they showed in Arizona's 108-67 win over Humboldt State, are giving the UA a new dimension.

Center Kaleb Tarczewski showed unstoppable hook shots and other solid post moves while scoring early in both halves and finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Forward/center Grant Jerrett had two assists and a three-pointer in the first 10 minutes, then finished with nine points, five rebounds, three blocks and three assists.

Then there was Brandon Ashley, a McDonald's All-American who actually came off the bench, coming through with four early points while the UA built a 22-5 lead. Ashley finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

There are, suddenly, enough options that even a grizzled veteran such as transfer guard Mark Lyons finds his head spinning a bit. He can distribute the ball any number of ways inside … and his odds are pretty good no matter what happens.

"The weird thing is there's so many of them," Lyons said. "It's not like there's one guy who's the best I ever played with. It makes my job a lot easier. Makes all the guards' job easier."

And they might even make their coach's job a bit easier. That is, once Miller can get the Wildcats to settle happily into roles. After all, the three freshmen bigs arrived at UA not long after appearing in the Jordan Brand Classic high school All-Star Game.

That kind of credential usually suggests a starting role and a fair amount of time with the ball in hand.

But not only does UA have three freshmen big men up front, plus sophomore Angelo Chol, but the Wildcats also have guys like Lyons, who powered the team early and finished with 15 points and five assists. And there was senior Solomon Hill, who had 15 points, four rebounds and four assists while moving back to small forward because of all the Wildcats' newfound size.

"The big difference between last year and this year is the obvious - we're just bigger," UA coach Sean Miller said, later adding the challenge of keeping them all happy. "We have a frontcourt that if some of those guys weren't on the same team, they would have an opportunity to play more minutes.

"It's been proven that when you're on great teams, it's not necessarily about points per game. We're not there yet, but that's what we aspire to be. … We're going to do it as a group."

With that in mind, Miller experimented with his rotation constantly during Wednesday's game. He started freshmen Jerrett and Tarczewski in the post along with veterans Lyons, Nick Johnson and Hill.

Jordin Mayes was the first reserve in the game, taking over for Lyons, and forwards Kevin Parrom and Ashley came in with 15:40 left. Guard Gabe York and Chol were the last reserves in, with 14:05 left in the half.

The UA expanded a 46-35 halftime lead to 78-52 with 7:36 remaining. At that point, the Wildcats made 76.5 percent of their shots in the second half.

In the first half, the UA stormed out to a 22-5 lead.

Hill led the UA in the first-half scoring with 12 points, and Lyons had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists, but it was Humboldt's Alec Williams who drew much of the attention. Williams led both teams in first-half scoring with 16 points and was 3 for 3 from three-point territory.

UA had earlier built a 22-5 lead and was up 32-12 at the third media timeout when the Lumberjacks began to rebound by hitting six of its last seven field-goal attempts at that point.

The Wildcats cruised so easily it ultimately did not matter that Humboldt's Williams, a 250-pound senior who transferred from San Diego State, had 22 points to lead all scorers.

But it did matter to Miller, who was concerned that Williams was able to break down the UA's defense so easily, and that the Wildcats allowed the Lumberjacks to make 9 of 19 three-point attempts.

"If there's a positive spin on it," Miller said, "you can imagine the outcome of the game if we had done even better on defense."

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• Who: Chico State at Arizona, exhibition

• When: Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

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