Cats Open Up Double Digit Lead

Nov. 19, 2009

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Wildcats employed a break-neck pace as they took a 13 point advantage over Rice to the lockerroom in the first half of play Thursday night at McKale Center.


Solomon Hill picked up where he left off in the season opener, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting while Nic Wise hit two three-pointers and collected eight points in the first half to chart Arizona to a 33-20 score.


Arizona shot 41 percent over the opening half compared to Rice's 19 percent.  


The Wildcats raced out to a ten point lead to begin the game behind layups from Hill and Derrick Williams, a jumpshot from MoMo Jones and a three from Jamelle Horne.  The Owls, on the other hand, started cold, going 0-for-6 through just over five minutes into the half. 


Head Coach Sean Miller continued his fast-pace subsitution style as 11 players saw the floor during the first half.  Wise and Brendon Lavender were the only players who logged more than 15 minutes.


Rice went on a 13-4 run to stem the tide at 28-20 after Arsalan Kazemi had an easy lay-in.  Had it not been for Arizona's 12 turnovers, the lead could have been 20-plus at half.


More to come...





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