Mathurin's 24 Points Secure Double Overtime Win
PULLMAN, Wash. – After the passing of his grandfather the day before, Terrell Brown Jr. banked in the game-winning three in Arizona's double overtime, 86-82, win at Washington State in his memory. The trey was part of his 15-point night in a game he dedicated to his late grandfather.
"I guess you could say that was him guiding the basketball in," Brown Jr. said in his postgame interview.
While the graduate transfer scored the final field goal to put the Wildcats on top for good, it was freshman Bennedict Mathurin who helped carry his team to victory during regulation and overtime. Mathurin finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds from his wing position and was forced to play the forward position with Arizona's front court players in foul trouble. All but 15 of Mathurin's points and all 11 rebounds came after halftime.
Mathurin's scoring punch was a bright spot of efficiency for the Wildcats who shot 37.3 percent for the game after shooting below 30 percent in the first half. The Canadian freshman scored his 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting while the rest of the team connected on 20 if their 63 shot attempts.
The first half of action was ragged in its play and cold in its shooting. Both teams shot below 30 percent from the field in a half that also saw 22 total fouls called. Arizona freshman Bennedict Mathurin was the half's best player in the first 20 minutes with nine points on four-of-five shooting from the floor while the rest of Arizona's team connected on just four shots on 25 attempts as a team.
The Wildcats return to the friendly confines of McKale Center in Tucson next week as they host USC and UCLA.