UA basketball: Zeus' minutes, stats soar in double-OT loss

2014-02-16T00:00:00Z 2014-02-17T21:54:23Z UA basketball: Zeus' minutes, stats soar in double-OT lossBy Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

In what may have been one of the best games of his Arizona Wildcats career Friday at ASU, center Kaleb Tarczewski posted 13 points and 13 rebounds.

But those numbers may not have been the most meaningful, if you consider the plight of Arizona’s depth situation the rest of this season.

The number that may have been more important was 45, the number of minutes he played.

Tarczewski sat out for only five minutes of UA’s 69-66 double-overtime loss at ASU, staying effective and avoiding fouling out in a game when the Wildcats received only 22 combined minutes and no points from their bench.

“That was one of Kaleb’s best games, no question about it — he was really active,” UA coach Sean Miller said. “I kind of look at him right now and am really proud of his effort because in a game like this against a guy like (ASU’s Jordan Bachynski), I think he really showed how talented he is.

“To me, one of the reasons we were in the game and had a chance to win was because of Kaleb’s performance.”

The Wildcats tried to rely just as heavily on their other starters. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Nick Johnson each played 45 minutes, Aaron Gordon played 46 and T.J. McConnell logged 47.

Gordon collected 13 points and 10 rebounds, but was 3 for 8 from the free-throw line. Hollis-Jefferson played well all over the court but Miller cited him for some late defensive lapses. Johnson missed 5 of 6 three-pointers and was 5 for 20 overall.

And McConnell, steady for nearly all of this season, had six assists to two turnovers.

“Taking care of the ball is big and you look at those turnovers, they’re kind of like missed free throws,” Miller said. “They continue to put more and more pressure against you.”

The bench didn’t relieve the starters from any of the pressure, either. Gabe York went 0 for 6 from the field, missing four three-pointers, while grabbing three rebounds in 14 minutes. Elliott Pitts was 0 for 2, while Jordin Mayes and Matt Korcheck had neither a point nor a rebound. Korcheck did have a steal from Jahii Carson late in the first half, however.

Life wasn’t much easier for ASU’s starters: Three of them logged 45 minutes or more, but the Sun Devils did have seven players total with 18 minutes or more.

“Playing in overtime is always tough,” Bachynski said. “It takes a toll on your body. I was cramping up a little bit, and we were playing against a phenomenal UA team.”

Arizona players weren’t made available for comment afterward but Miller indicated the minutes took a toll on them.

“There’s nothing we can do and they didn’t sub a lot either,” Miller said. “It was one heck of a game. Someone had to win and someone had to lose. Unfortunately, we’re the loser.”

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 15 2 0 0.882 27 3 0 0.900
Utah 13 4 0 0.765 23 6 0 0.793
Oregon 12 5 0 0.706 22 8 0 0.733
UCLA 11 7 0 0.611 19 12 0 0.613
Stanford 9 8 0 0.529 18 11 0 0.621
Arizona State 8 9 0 0.471 17 14 0 0.548
Oregon State 8 10 0 0.444 16 13 0 0.552
Colorado 7 9 0 0.438 14 13 0 0.519
California 6 10 0 0.375 16 13 0 0.552
Washington State 6 11 0 0.353 12 17 0 0.414
Washington 4 13 0 0.235 15 14 0 0.517
USC 3 14 0 0.176 11 18 0 0.379

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Colorado at
Washington
3/5 64-47
California at
Arizona
3/5 60-99
Stanford at
Arizona State
3/5 62-67
Utah at
Washington State
3/5 67-59
California at
Arizona State
3/7 12:30 pm
Stanford at
Arizona
3/7 2:00 pm
Utah at
Washington
3/7 2:30 pm
Colorado at
Washington State
3/7 4:30 pm
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