NCAAB Game Recap - Utah at Arizona
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:30 PM EST

SCla
54
Gonz
104
F
Oreg
61
WaSt
72
F
Colora
68
AzSt
61
F
Cin
49
Mem
60
F
Lipsco
57
NJIT
75
F
Army
79
HolyC
67
F
Radf
63
USC-Up
59
F
HiPt
68
UNCA
66
F
KennSt
51
FlGlf
73
F
NFla
75
Jacksn
68
F
ArkSt
80
App
83
F(OT)
Stetsn
54
N AL
49
F
GaSo
82
Troy
66
F
YSU
63
NoKY
88
F
Presb
74
Longw
67
F
Winth
116
Hamp
95
F
Clev
62
WriSt
75
F
Hof
63
UNCW
61
F
Maris
66
Monm
74
F
Charl
77
Marsh
75
F
Quin
57
Manh
69
F
MidTN
94
FlAtl
97
F(OT)
UAB
68
FlInt
93
F
Elon
41
Drex
63
F
W&M
77
Del
68
F
ArkLR
71
CoCar
55
F
NE
79
Charl
76
F
ChaSo
77
Campbl
62
F
Rice
56
LaTec
72
F
Detr
90
WIMil
84
F
Oakl
69
WIGB
73
F
OlDom
69
W Ky
71
F
Oral
87
W IL
70
F
TexAr
81
ULLa
65
F
GASt
72
SthAL
63
F
N TX
72
SoMis
52
F
TxSt
64
ULMo
63
F
CSBak
74
UMKC
64
F(OT)
SIU
48
LoyIL
64
F
IlSt
74
Drake
84
F
GrCan
78
ChiSt
64
F
APSU
84
SEMO
59
F
Utah
77
Ariz
93
F
JacSt
69
E IL
70
F
Murr
84
TN-M
62
F
LoyMa
67
Pepp
75
F
NMSt
70
UtVal
56
F
NoAZ
75
S UT
72
F
Sac
52
N CO
71
F
Web
76
IdaSt
68
F(OT)
USD
70
BYU
93
F
E KY
56
Belm
87
F
TNTec
72
SIU-E
69
F
MorSt
48
TNSt
64
F
CSNor
80
UCRiv
68
F
UTRGV
74
Seatt
91
F
Pacif
65
Portl
55
F
UCDav
85
LongB
82
F
Cal
56
USC
88
F
E WA
78
Ida
75
F
OrSt
56
Wash
64
F
CAPoly
61
HI
65
F

Arizona 93, Utah 77

Jan 16, 2020, 8:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Utah (10-6)

28

49

77

Arizona (12-5)

52

41

93

Arizona rides dominating first half to 93-77 win over Utah
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:20 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona guard Max Hazzard showed flashes of his shooting prowess early in the season while adjusting to a new role on a new team. The consistency just hadn't been there.

One breakout game by the graduate transfer from UC Irvine could change that.

Hazzard had 24 points and made six 3-pointers, Zeke Nnaji added 24 points and Arizona rode a dominating first half to a 93-77 rout over Utah Thursday night.

"It was great to see him shoot the basketball (well)," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "We see him shoot a lot in practice and in fairness to Max, it takes a little while to get comfortable. My hope is there are more moments like the segment he had in the first half and into the second"

The Wildcats (12-5, 2-2 Pac-12) played without center Chase Jeter due to back spasms, but made up for it shooting the Utes out of McKale Center in the first half.

Arizona had eight 3-pointers to lead by 24 at halftime and went 15 for 29 from the arc overall to bounce back from being swept by the Pac-12 Oregon schools last week.

Hazzard keyed the rebound.

Expected to be a key contributor this season, Hazzard had mixed results this season as he adjusted to coming off the bench after starting 36 games for UC Irvine last year.

Hazzard was hot from the start after entering Thursday's game early in the first half, hitting a couple of 3-pointers as Arizona built its big lead. He kept stroking in 3-pointers, finishing 6 for 10 from the arc after making six the previous five games combined.

"I definitely felt like myself tonight," said Hazzard, grandson of Hall of Famer Walt Hazzard. "Got some good looks, my teammates were feeding me as well. It felt good to get back to the way I'm accustomed to playing for sure."

The young Utes (10-6, 1-3) lost by 39 to Colorado in their first Pac-12 road game last week and never stood much of a chance after digging a big early hole in one of college basketball's toughest road venues.

Timmy Allen and Riley Battin had 16 points each to lead the Utes, who have lost four of five - all to teams that have been ranked this season.

"We all feel like we've been punched and we realize to be in that category we have to be a lot better," Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "We got a sense of what big-boy basketball is like and what we've got to do and what we've got to clean up."

Coming off a 17-point loss at Oregon State, Arizona hit the Utes with a barrage of 3-pointers early. The Wildcats made five of their first eight from the arc and used an 8-0 run to build a 12-point lead midway through the first half.

Arizona finished the half 8 for 14 from 3 and stretched the lead to 52-28 behind Hazzard, who had 11 points and was 4 of 5 from the arc.

Utah labored against Arizona's aggressive man defense, forcing up contested shots late in the shot clock throughout the first half. The Utes didn't make many, at least from the perimeter, going 2 for 11 on 3-pointers in the half.

The Utes played better to start the second half, hitting a few more shots while creating some problems for Arizona defensively.

Even then, Utah only managed to get the lead down to 17 before Arizona stretched it out again.

"They were smoking from 3," Krystkowiak said. "Games like that are going to happen. Some of them we played right, but we've got to stay connected."

BIG PICTURE

Utah struggled at both ends early, leaving little chance of even making it competitive.

Arizona bounced back nicely after being blown out in its previous game, putting the game all but out of reach with a dominating first half.

LEE'S TECHNICAL

Arizona forward Ira Lee was hit with a technical foul after staring down Mikael Jantunen following a dunk over the Utah freshman forward.

Frustrated with the taunting T, Miller quickly motioned to the bench for someone to replace Lee, who had just entered the game.

"I don't think Ira meant anything about it, but the point I was trying to make to him was, you do it, you get the dunk and get a technical and you erase it," Miller said. "It's one thing if you're up big, but if that's a single-possession game or a tight game, you just erased a really good play.

UP NEXT

Utah plays at Arizona State on Saturday.

Arizona hosts No. 20 Colorado Saturday.

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Leaders

Utah PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Van Komen 0 0 0 0 0 1
T. Allen 16 0 2 3 0 0
Arizona PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Mains 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Koloko 0 0 0 5 0 0

Team Comparison

Utah Ariz
Points For 77 93
Field Goals 25/57-44% 33/69-48%
Three Pointers 10/28-36% 15/29-52%
Free Throws 17/22-77% 12/14-86%
Offensive Rebounds 9 12
Defensive Rebounds 23 26
Rebounds 35 40
Blocks 2 5
Steals 2 8
Turnovers 13 11
Personal Fouls 16 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Jan 16 Utah 77 @ Ariz 93 M. Reininger 2 I. Lee 2

Game Information

Stadium: McKale Memorial Center, Tucson, Arizona
Attendance: 13,549
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