Arizona stumbled to another slow start but shot well enough in the
second half to beat NAU 53-39 today at McKale Center.
The Wildcats were led by Solomon Hill, who had 15 points and seven
rebounds, while Kyle Fogg had 11 after hitting three three-pointers
early in the second half that turned the game around.
Colin Gruber led NAU in scoring with 13 points, while the
Lumberjacks shot just 37.2 percent.
The Wildcats, who made 10 of 21 field goals in the second half,
improved to 6-2 heading into a game at Florida on Wednesday, while
NAU dropped to 2-5.
Fogg's three three-pointers came over in the first 2:34 of the
second half, putting UA up 35-21 with 17:26 left, and Nick Johnson
hit a three with 16:39 left to make it 38-24.
Arizona finished the game on an 8-2 run.
In the first half, Arizona stumbled to a slow start for the fifth
straight game but managed to pull out a 25-19 halftime
The Wildcats fell behind 12-5 and 14-7 early and, unlike their win
at New Mexico State on Tuesday, when the Wildcats wiped out a 12-2
deficit before the first television today, this one went on a
Finally, with 5:53 left, Solomon Hill rebounded a missed free throw
by Nick Johnson, then rebounded his own missed shot and made a
putback to tie the game at 16.
Hill went on to score inside again for an 18-16 lead, and Nick
Johnson later electrified the McKale Center crowd with a dunk that
gave Arizona a 25-19 lead with 32 seconds left.
UA also did not allow the Lumberjacks to get off a decent shot on
their final possession.
Hill led UA with seven points and five rebounds while Johnson had
six points. NNAU was led by Stallon Saldivar, who had seven
Earlier in the half, UA briefly tried pressing NAU, which led 14-10
with 7:54 left.
The Lumberjacks held UA without a field goal over the first four
minutes of the game and went up 10-5 after Michael Dunn hit a three
with 11:39 left.
UA coach Sean Miller started the game lineup at he did Tuesday at
New Mexico State: Jordin Mayes, Johnson, Kyle Fogg, Hill, Jesse
Before the game, UA announced that both head coach Sean Miller and
associate head coach James Whitford have advanced in the Shots from
the Heart charity free-throw competition.
Miller made 24 of 25 free throws for a total of 55 points to beat
NAU's Mike Adras, who made 23 of 25 and scored 53
In the assistant coaches' bracket, Whitford made 21 of 25 free
throws for 49 points to beat Bruce Hamburger of St. Peter's, who
made 17 of 25 and scored 36 points.
First round matches are not yet complete, so the second-round
pairings are still to be announced. Miller is scheduled to face the
winner of the Brad Stevens (Butler) vs. Blaine Taylor (Old
Dominion) match, while Whitford will face the winner of the Roger
Powell (Valparaiso) vs. Mike Blaine (Cornell) match. The second
round match-ups are slated to begin later this month.