NCAAB Game Recap - Long Beach State at Arizona
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:30 PM EST

Akr
76
Lou
82
F
UVA
48
AzSt
45
F
Lamar
56
KY
81
F
LongI
66
TxTch
96
F
LongB
67
Ariz
104
F
N TX
59
UtSt
68
F
Vill
78
Baylor
87
F
Fla
70
Xav
65
F
Colora
56
Wyo
41
F
USD
69
Wash
88
F
Tul
65
Utah
61
F
Morg
112
Evans
115
F(3OT)
ChaSo
71
DelSt
61
F
NCAT
54
E MI
58
F
(N/A)
70
BethC
74
F
Albany
65
Presb
60
F
MisSt
81
CoCar
56
F
Mia-FL
55
UConn
80
F
FaDi
75
Lafy
80
F
NFla
67
Crei
76
F
(N/A)
68
TexAr
85
F
S UT
58
ETSU
70
F
WCU
70
Stetsn
64
F
(N/A)
62
Hartfo
58
F
WIMil
63
GrgWas
66
F
LSU
96
URI
83
F
UCIrv
74
Detr
86
F
MsVl
54
SDSt
84
F
WlmCry
64
SoMis
83
F
(N/A)
47
IPFW
81
F
VMI
63
UNCG
74
F
(N/A)
50
Maine
90
F
SacHr
97
Quin
80
F
E IL
72
InWor
63
F
AF
74
IndSt
84
F
Rice
77
ECU
69
F
CAPoly
59
Iowa
85
F
CSNor
56
Colg
64
F
Valpa
59
Nev
84
F
MOSt
74
Buff
75
F
UMass
63
StJon
78
F
StJos
64
Tows
76
F
Colum
82
CenCT
52
F
LoyMa
50
Duques
71
F
N DA
56
Minn
79
F
MidTN
63
Ohio
75
F
Cin
84
BGSU
91
F(OT)
Lib
62
UMKC
49
F
Hof
79
CS-Ful
57
F
Rider
72
Vermt
67
F
Nich
82
UMBC
72
F
SonSt
56
StMar
107
F
NOrl
71
HI
79
F
TCU
60
Clem
62
F(OT)

Nov 24, 2019, 8:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Long Beach State (2-4)

33

34

67

(14) Arizona (6-0)

38

66

104

No. 14 Arizona has big second half, beats Long Beach 104-67
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:56 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Nico Mannion wasn’t worried even though Arizona was struggling in the first half for a second straight game. That’s because the Wildcats were working hard, making the extra pass and playing good defense.

Eventually, he said, the basketball gods would take notice.

Whether it was the supernatural or simply good shooting, he was right. No. 14 Arizona rallied with a huge second half to easily beat Long Beach State 104-67 on Sunday night for their sixth straight win to start the season.

“The basketball gods look out for you when you’re playing the right way,” Mannion said. “I think we played the right way today. Sharing the ball, getting open looks.

“And when you get open looks, they start to fall.”

Mannion scored 22 points, Zeke Nnaji added 21 and Arizona poured in 66 points in the second half while shooting 67% from the field. The barrage led to a lopsided final score, which didn’t tell the story of a competitive game for much of the night.

Arizona (6-0) struggled in the first half for a second time in four days, trailing 31-30 with less than three minutes remaining in the half before rallying for a 38-33 halftime lead. Nnaji and Mannion both had 11 points before the break.

The Wildcats also trailed at halftime on Thursday before laboring to a 71-64 win over South Dakota State. This game wouldn’t be nearly as a close.

Arizona hit 13 of its first 16 shots in the second half, including 6 of 8 from 3-point range, to push the lead to 72-44 with 10 minutes left and cruise to the win. The shots kept falling even in the final seconds, when walk-on Matt Weyand nailed a 3-pointer that had the bench leaping and hollering in celebration.

Mannion shot 6 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range. The freshman added eight assists and just one turnover.

“Watching Nico, he’s slowly and steadily settling in and learning how to be a college player,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said. “Sometimes you forget it’s still November, still very early in our team’s development, especially with the younger guys.

“He was really outstanding - maybe the best game he’s played so far for us.”

Max Hazzard finished with 14 points, all in the second half. Jemarl Baker Jr. and Josh Green both added 11.

Michael Carter III led Long Beach State (2-4) with 11 points. Max De Geest and Joshua Morgan both added 10. The Beach shot 41% from the field and had 22 turnovers.

PLAYING WITHOUT DOUTRIVE

Arizona was playing its first game since guard Devonaire Doutrive was dismissed for a violation of team rules.

Miller said that several different players would have to step up in place of the sophomore, who was averaging 6.3 points per game.

Hazzard could be one and his 14 points were crucial against Long Beach State. He shot 5 of 7 from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range. The 6-foot-0, 175-pound grad transfer played three seasons at Cal Irvine before coming to Tucson.

He was just 4 of 15 beyond the arc in his first five games before Sunday’s breakout.

“It felt good,” Hazzard said. “I haven’t been shooting the ball as well as I’ve wanted to so far this year. But it’s a small sample size, long season and I like my chances.”

BIG PICTURE

Long Beach State: The Beach has had a tough early-season schedule, losing to UCLA, Stanford and Saint Mary’s before playing Arizona tough for a half. The losses are probably frustrating, but a young starting lineup that includes two freshmen and two sophomores is gaining valuable experience.

Arizona: The Wildcats have been a little inconsistent while leaning on three freshmen - Green, Nnaji and Mannion - for much of the production. The good news is they’re still undefeated and trending in the right direction.

UP NEXT

Long Beach State faces Providence on Thursday in Anaheim, California.

Arizona faces Pepperdine on Thursday in Anaheim, California.

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Leaders

Long Beach State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Jackson 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Irish 0 0 1 3 0 0
Arizona PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Mannion 22 0 8 1 2 0

Team Comparison

LongB Ariz
Points For 67 104
Field Goals 24/59-41% 37/64-58%
Three Pointers 6/21-29% 12/24-50%
Free Throws 13/23-57% 18/27-67%
Offensive Rebounds 8 6
Defensive Rebounds 23 28
Rebounds 34 39
Blocks 0 3
Steals 3 15
Turnovers 22 15
Personal Fouls 22 23
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Ariz Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Nov 24 LongB 67 @ Ariz 104 D. Cobb 1 C. Koloko 2

Game Information

Stadium: McKale Memorial Center, Tucson, Arizona
Attendance: 12,943
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