Arizona did what was expected on Monday night at McKale as it defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 100-50.
Brandon Ashley started the scoring and T.J. McConnell followed with one of his own before two free-throws by Nick Johnson put Arizona up 6-0. Sidney Sanders put FDU on the board and Johnson answered, but Sanders scored again. After a bucket by Scooter Gillette, Sanders scored yet again as two free-throws by Kaleb Tarczewski put Arizona up 10-8 with 15:55 left in the first half.
After another basket by Sanders, Arizona responded with one from Ashley, Gabe York, and two free-throws from Tarczewski to go up 15-10 with 12:45 and force a timeout.
Mustafaa Jones nailed a three out of the timeout, but Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Ashley scored to put Arizona back up seven with about 11 minutes left in the half. Soon after, Jefferson scored and followed it up with a three-point play before two free-throws from Tarczewski gave Arizona a 27-13 lead with 7:43 left in the half.
After Gordon hit a free-throw, Sanders came down and made a jumper. Gordon responded with a tip in and a McConnell bucket forced a timeout from FDU down 17.
Johnson made a free-throw, but Jones got a three-point play not long after. Johnson then made a three from the top of the key and Tarczewski and York put the Wildcats up 40-19 with 3:57 left in the half.
York responded with a three out of the timeout, but Matt MacDonald then scored his first points of the game. Gordon proceeded to make two free-throws, York got a dunk, and Hollis-Jefferson scored to put Arizona up 49-21 with about a minute left in the half. A lob to Hollis-Jefferson gave Arizona its biggest lead of the game with 25 seconds left in the half. A three by MacDonald proceeded to make it 51-24 at the half.
Ashley started the half with a free-throw and Gordon added a basket and a free-throw of his own. Johnson then hit a three and a two before Sanders got FDU on the board for the half. A shot by Ashley and then a three by Johnson forced a timeout with the Wildcats up 65-26 with 16:11 left in regulation.
York hit a three, but Xavier Harris answered with a basket. Tarczewski then scored and Malachi Nix scored his first points of the game with two free-throws. Gordon responded with a basket and York followed with a three and then his 17th point of the night as Arizona extended its lead to 77-32 with 11:55 left.
Ashley proceeded to score again before Scott Kingsley got two at the line. Matt Korcheck then scored his first points of the game, but MacDonald hit a three the next time down court. Korcheck made one of two from the line and shortly after, Elliott Pitts scored the first points of his career to extend the lead to 84-37 with about eight minutes left.
Hollis Jefferson scored out of a timeout before Kingsley made two from the line. Sanders then scored a bucket, but York hit a three the next trip down court. Harris made a free-throw and Kingsley followed with a three, but Jacob Hazzard made a jumper soon after to put Arizona up 92-45 as the next four minutes played out as normal.