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Arizona Survives a Hot Shooting EWU Squad

Arizona coming into its game against Eastern Washington, only had one game under its belt with a 74-55 win over Grambling State.

The Wildcats had been scheduled to play three-games by this point of the season, and with new faces on the court, it has made it difficult for Arizona to know what it has on the roster. With the limited time on the floor and facing an experienced EWU team, the Wildcats struggled throughout the game but came out with a 70-67 victory improving to 2-0 on the season.

Last game Jordan Brown was the catalyst for Arizona against Grambling State, going for 19 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocked shots. Against EWU, Brown struggled throughout the game and fouled out with 6:25 left, ending his day with six points, three rebounds, and five turnovers.

Arizona’s leading scorer for the game was James Akinjo, who had 15 points on 6-for-16 from the field. However, freshman Azuolas Tubelis gave the Wildcats the lift it needed with his 13 points and nine rebounds coming off the bench.

Guard Terrell Brown played EWU last season when he was with Seattle University and scored 31 points and 13 rebounds in a 74-66 loss.

Saturday against EWU, Brown’s role was different, but he still affected the game’s outcome with seven points, six rebounds, and three assists filling up his stat sheet.

Here’s Brown and freshman Dalen Terry talking about the hard-fought victory and where the team can grow moving forward:

During the first half, EWU shot 8-for-17 from the arc and shot 55 percent from the field, which helped give the team a 43-38 lead headed into the half. Arizona found a way to shut down the three-point shot ending the game, giving up 31 percent and 10-of-32 shooting from the arc.

Arizona coach Sean Miller gave his thoughts on his team’s ability to guard the three-point shot and what they need to do from now on to become a better team:

FOLLOW TROY HUTCHISON ON TWITTER! writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.

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