In a game where the Colorado Buffaloes would just not go away, the Arizona Wildcats rode a run to end the first half and their sheer domination on the glass to a 31st consecutive home win by a score of 68-54.
Arizona outrebounded Colorado 41-26 on the night despite only getting two boards from seven-footer Kaleb Tarczewski. Zeus now only has two rebounds in his last 48 minutes of game action. The Wildcats also led the offensive glass 13-4, leading to a huge advantage in second chance points despite only shooting 41.8% from the field.
Career highs: A lot of career nights on the floor Thursday night, led by Askia Booker and his 30 points before hurting his ankle late in the second half. Stanley Johnson also had a career-high 22 points, and Elliott Pitts set a new career mark with his 12 points, all coming on made three-pointers. Brandon Ashley also tied his career-high with 11 rebounds. Sean Miller called that Ashley stat the "most pleasant" stat of the night on the radio broadcast.
McConnell keeps rolling: After a big weekend last week in Oregon for the senior point guard, T.J. McConnell followed that up with an eight point, seven rebound, six assist night. At one point early in the first half, McConnell almost had more rebounds than the rest of the team.
Box score oddities: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with just two points and seven rebounds. Already mentioned Zeus and his lowly two rebounds. Arizona's other center, Dusan Ristic, had a weird night as well getting zero points, one rebound, and three fouls in 11 minutes.
Quote of the night: Colorado players say some weird things when they play Arizona man.
CU’s Jaron Hopkins about Arizona: "I think they have a lot of weaknesses on defense, so we exploited those weaknesses."
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) January 16, 2015
Colorado shot 42.9%, so if that's exploiting defensive weaknesses, I'd hate to see what it would look like if you didn't Jaron Hopkins.
Next up for Arizona is Utah on Saturday evening. The Wildcats and Utes will tip at 5 P.M MST in McKale on Pac-12 Networks in a top-ten match up.