Arizona blows out Long Beach State
Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon

Posted Nov 11, 2013


Arizona started fast and never looked back as it defeated Long Beach State on Monday night. read on for a complete recap of the victory.

Arizona started fast, imposed its will, and never looked back as it defeated Long Beach State 91-57 Monday night at McKale.

Kaleb Tarczewski put Arizona on the board and David Samuel hit a free-throw for Long Beach State’s first points. Aaron Gordon got a basket off an offensive rebound and Dan Jennings made one of two from the line for the 49ers. Gordon proceeded to score off a lob from T.J. McConnell and Tarczewski then scored for the second time. A shot by Caffey made the score 8-4 in favor of Arizona with 15:50 left in the first half.

Out of the timeout, Gabe York made consecutive three-pointers to put Arizona up 14-4 with less than 13 minutes left in the first half. After a free-throw by Christian Griggs-Williams made a free-throw, Gordon scored again and put Arizona up 16-5 with 11:36 left in the half.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made one of two from the line and Samuels matched it shortly after. Jennings scored off an offensive rebound and Nick Johnson then got his first points off a lob to put Arizona up 19-9. Johnson made two more free-throws and a three by Gordon gave Arizona its biggest lead of the night, 24-9.

Nick Shepherd tried to get something going with a floater, but Brandon Ashley responded with a jumper. Caffey then made two free-throws to cut Arizona’s lead to 26-13 with a little under five minutes left, but York hit his third three-pointer the next time down court. Johnson then got a dunk on a break and LBSU called timeout down 31-13.

Out of the timeout, Hollis-Jefferson got a dunk off a turnover and Ashley was able to spin in the lane and make a layup to put Arizona up 35-13 with about three minutes to play in the half. Griggs-Williams stopped the drought with a layup of his own, but York made yet another three-pointer the next time down court.

Ashley made a layup seconds later and York found Johnson for a lob to put Arizona up 42-15 with 1:21 left in the half. McKay LaSalle scored his first point of the game on a three and Gordon scored on a rebound right before the buzzer to put the Wildcats up 44-18 at the half.

Kris Gulley made a three early in the second half and Gordon made a free-throw. Jennings responded with two from the line, but Tarczewski and Gordon scored consecutive hoops. Jennings made a basket of his own before Tarczewski went one of two from the line. After a jumper by Caffey, Johnson made two free-throws and Jennings made one as Arizona led 52-28 with about 15 minutes left.

Johnson got another lob and LaSalle was able to pick up a three to cut the lead to 23 less than a minute later.

Jordin Mayes scored his first basket of the season and Ashley followed with one of his own. After two free-throws from Jennings, Hollis-Jefferson found McConnell for a three. Jennings then scored again, but Ashley responded as well. Branford Jones scored the next time down court and Ashley had yet another answer, putting the Wildcats up 65-38 with over 10 minutes left in regulation.

Jennings scored his 14th point of the night and after two Ashley free-throws, Griggs-Williams picked up a bucket. Hollis-Jefferson got a three-point play not long after, Tarczewski made two from the charity stripe to put Arizona up 74-42 with 7:17 left.

LaSalle and York exchanged a pair of free-throws before Ashley scored on the offensive glass. Jennings made two free-throws and Hollis-Jefferson made one from the line the next time down court. Shepherd hit a jumper from the baseline seconds later, but it obviously did not matter, as Matt Korcheck got a dunk and Mayes hit two consecutive baskets to put the Wildcats up 85-48 with a few minutes to go.


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