The 10th-ranked Arizona Wildcats held off the No. 12 Michigan State Spartans 65-63 at the Armed Forces Classic in Hawaii.
However, things, at times, looked dim for the Wildcats. At one point, to begin the game, the Cats found themselves down 17-2, and it would have been safe to assume that it was going to be a long night. But low and behold, Arizona fought and scrapped its way to a two-point victory.
Sean Miller at halftime: "I'm still caught up in the fact that we were down 17-2... We wouldn't be up 4 if it weren't for [Kobi Simmons]."— DailyWildcatHoops (@WildcatHoops) November 12, 2016
Of all the highly-touted newcomers on the Cats roster, it was one that came off the bench that really stood out in the season-opener. Kobi Simmons led Arizona with 18 points — 15 coming in the first half — and had one assist in a rather productive night. Simmons was also decent from the line, missing two of his ten attempts.
Also, one of the big areas where Arizona struggled during the exhibition games was three point shooting. Tonight, however, the team went 5-for-14 with Simmons drilling two of his three shots from this range.
Kobi Simmons (@JordanKobi) w/ 18 points in 1st NCAA game. Most by a UA frosh in debut since Bayless had 18 in 2007-08. #APlayersProgram— Matt Ensor (@Ensor) November 12, 2016
My brother @JordanKobi was out there feasting— Terrance Ferguson (@the2kferguson) November 12, 2016
Gotta get me a Kobi Simmons jersey. That boy good— Dondre Wise (@Dwise007) November 12, 2016
Without a doubt, Miles Bridges is one of the best Freshman in the country but Kobi Simmons is a GAMECHANGER— Coach Randy Millard (@CoachRMillard) November 12, 2016