NCAAB Game Recap - Arizona at California
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:30 PM EST

Colora
60
Oreg
68
F
Iowa
77
Ind
89
F
Bry
65
SacHr
74
F
Longw
71
UNCA
73
F
Mem
86
Cin
92
F(OT)
WichSt
75
UCF
58
F
Jacksn
66
NFla
81
F
RobM
77
MtStM
60
F
ULMo
74
Troy
71
F
JacSt
74
TNTec
75
F
FlGlf
70
KennSt
58
F
Winth
70
GWebb
74
F
Drex
72
W&M
77
F
N AL
64
Stetsn
75
F
(N/A)
60
StFNY
50
F
Presb
71
Radf
81
F
Clev
74
Oakl
79
F
UNCW
63
NE
71
F
Charl
63
Hof
76
F
App
65
GASt
76
F
CoCar
69
GaSo
79
F
Merrim
73
FaDi
106
F
Del
81
Elon
75
F
YSU
76
Detr
72
F
LIU
90
CenCT
74
F
Hamp
49
Campbl
75
F
E KY
78
MorSt
71
F
NJIT
63
Lipsco
77
F
FlInt
57
LaTec
60
F
HiPt
63
ChaSo
66
F
N CO
84
NoAZ
54
F
UtVal
72
UTRGV
80
F
ArkSt
67
TexAr
77
F
ArkLR
66
TxSt
74
F
ULLa
75
SthAL
78
F
FlAtl
66
SoMis
68
F
OlDom
73
Rice
70
F
Charl
72
N TX
81
F
TNSt
51
Belm
74
F
Wash
56
USC
62
F
USF
70
SCla
61
F
Utah
51
OrSt
70
F
W Ky
67
UTEP
62
F
Seatt
64
NMSt
72
F
IdaSt
69
MTSt
73
F
Web
37
Mont
72
F
UMKC
66
GrCan
71
F(OT)
Marsh
63
TexSA
72
F
Murr
68
APSU
71
F
SIU-E
76
E IL
74
F
TN-M
72
SEMO
74
F
UCSB
75
UCDav
84
F
ChiSt
54
CSBak
64
F
(N/A)
45
CBap
107
F
Portl
55
Pacif
75
F
CAPoly
73
CSNor
81
F
S UT
55
Sac
70
F
Ariz
68
Cal
52
F
Ida
74
E WA
71
F
WaSt
83
UCLA
86
F(OT)
AzSt
74
Stan
69
F
USD
69
Pepp
72
F
BYU
77
LoyMa
54
F

Feb 13, 2020, 10:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Arizona (17-7)

27

41

68

California (10-14)

20

32

52

Nnaji scores 21, helps sluggish Arizona beat Cal 68-52
Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:37 AM

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Arizona's Zeke Nnaji is getting much more comfortable handling double-teams than he was earlier in the season and proved it repeatedly against California when he tried to set up in the paint.

Wildcats coach Sean Miller was equally impressed with how his young squad played in its first game after getting knocked out of the Top 25 for the second time in three weeks.

Nnaji had 21 points and five rebounds, and Arizona overcame a sluggish game offensively to beat California 68-52 on Thursday night.

Dylan Smith added 14 points and Nico Mannion had 10 points and five assists to help the Wildcats (17-7, 7-4 Pac-12) bounce back from a home loss to UCLA.

"As oftentimes has been the case with our group, we've learned through a lot of different experiences. When we've failed we've grown a little bit," Miller said. "We handled ourselves overall better tonight in terms of playing against a style that was a little bit slower. We came in with a lot of purpose."

Nnaji, the centerpiece of Arizona's talented freshman trio of starters, provided much of it. He shot 8 of 13, drew nine fouls and had two assists.

"I think I'm getting used to the double-teams more and more," Nnaji said. "We work on that every day in practice, passing out of the double, how to handle that. All that work's starting to pay off."

Nnaji said he felt the Wildcats got complacent after beating Washington and Washington State before blowing a big lead against USC then getting run over by UCLA.

"This week in practice we were very hungry and we wanted to prove to everybody that we can be one of the best teams when we play at our best," Nnaji said.

Nnaji dominated on a night when Arizona's offense sputtered. The Wildcats committed only 10 turnovers but most were unforced errors. Mannion twice threw the ball into the stands.

Arizona also struggled beyond the arc where it was 3 of 13 until Smith made back-to-back shots and Max Hazzard added a third. That capped a 15-4 run that put Arizona ahead 62-43.

Matt Bradley had 19 points and eight rebounds for California (10-4, 4-7). The Golden Bears have lost three straight and four of six.

"Once they got in the bonus that early in the second half that makes it hard for us because the style that gives us a chance to win, we couldn't keep it that way," Cal coach Mark Fox said. "He's whipped a lot of tails this year and he whipped ours tonight."

The Wildcats led comfortably most of the first half then got a big defensive play before halftime when Jemarl Baker Jr. blocked Paris Austin's 3-point try.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: At times, it looked like the Wildcats were still suffering a hangover from Saturday's stinging loss to the Bruins but they got themselves together enough to pull away late. That made it eight straight over California. The 27 points in the first half were the third-fewest scored by Arizona this season.

California: The Bears had a six-minute scoreless stretch in the first half and a four-minute drought in the second. That was too much to overcome for a team still struggling to find a secondary scorer to complement Bradley. Cal showed more patience offensively but couldn't get enough of their shots to fall.

UP NEXT

Arizona: Play at Stanford on Saturday.

California: Host to Arizona State on Sunday.

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Leaders

Arizona PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Koloko 0 0 0 0 0 2
Z. Nnaji 21 0 2 5 1 2
California PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Orender 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Brown 0 0 2 1 0 0

Team Comparison

Ariz Cal
Points For 68 52
Field Goals 25/52-48% 21/55-38%
Three Pointers 6/16-38% 6/16-38%
Free Throws 12/19-63% 4/10-40%
Offensive Rebounds 4 10
Defensive Rebounds 28 27
Rebounds 33 44
Blocks 6 0
Steals 6 2
Turnovers 10 15
Personal Fouls 17 17
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 Feb 13 Ariz 68 @ Cal 52 C. Jeter 2 D. Thorpe 1

Game Information

Stadium: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, California
Attendance: 6,291
Game Time: