Arizona lost its first game of the season 60-58 Saturday at California, but the real story may be the status of Brandon Ashley, who left in the first few minutes with an injury to the top of his foot.
Richard Solomon scored the first points and only a few minutes into the game, Brandon Ashley left with an injury to the top of his foot.
After the injury, Jordan Matthews followed with a bucket. T.J. McConnell and David Kravish then exchanged hoops before Aaron Gordon scored and McConnell hit a three. Justin Cobbs then made a three as well and a basket by Rondae Jefferson tied the game at nine about five minutes in.
Tyrone Wallace hit a three and Kravish followed with a hoop. Hollis-Jefferson scored, as did Kravish. A score by Gabe York pulled Arizona to within 16-13 with 11:15 left in the first half.
Kravish scored and Tarczewski got two free-throws. Gordon proceeded to score, but two buckets by Solomon forced Miller to call timeout with the Wildcats down 22-17 with a little over eight minutes left.
Solomon scored again, but Tarczewski answered. After a basket by Jabari Bird, Solomon scored. Nick Johnson then got his first hoop of the game and McConnell followed. After another Solomon score, a dunk by Gordon made it 30-25 in favor of Cal. Hollis-Jefferson scored and two free-throws by Tarczewski then cut the Cal lead to 30-29 at the half.
Hollis-Jefferson made two free-throws to start the half, but Wallace made a three. Tarczewski also made two from the line, as Kravish and Cobbs scored consecutive buckets. A dunk by Tarczewski proceeded to cut the Cal lead to 37-35 with 15:49 left in regulation.
Nick Johnson made two from the line, as Wallace responded with a three. Kravish then made a jump hook, but McConnell hit a jumper to keep the Golden Bears’ lead at 42-39 with a little over 13 minutes left.
Cobbs made a jumper and York came down and hit a three. However, Kravish and Wallace scored in addition to Cobbs making two free-throws to put the Golden Bears up 50-42.
Hollis-Jefferson and McConnell scored consecutive baskets as Tarczewski added two free-throws. After two from the line from Cobbs, Gordon scored, but Cobbs came right back and did the same to put Cal up 54-50 with seven minutes left.
Four free-throws by Tarczewski tied the game at 54 less than two minutes later as he hit a shot to give the Wildcats a two-point lead soon after. Cobbs and McConnell matched each other with a bucket and two free-throws by Cobb tied the game with a little over a minute left.
Justin Cobbs later hit a shot with .9 left and Arizona’s last second bid fell short as the Wildcats got their first loss of the season.