Arizona Basketball

Arizona Blows Past NAU Thanks to the Baker Show

Last time on the court, Arizona struggled to shoot the ball during a close 70-67 victory over EWU, finishing at 41 percent from the field.

Monday night was a different story as Arizona and Jemarl Baker Jr. came out on fire and went on a 15-0 run to open up the game leading to a monstrous 96-53 victory over NAU.

Baker had a career-high 33-points on 12-for16 shooting and went 7-for-9 from behind the arc. At one point in the game, Baker was 9-for-9 from the field before he missed his first shot at the 17:31 mark in the second half.

In the middle of Baker’s hot night, he tied a record for consecutive three-pointers made with seven, tying former Wildcat Jawann McClellan, who set the record in 2006 against New Mexico State.

Quietly due to Baker’s big night, Jordan Brown put together an impressive bounce-back game after struggling against EWU. Brown shot 6-for-6 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line for 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Here’s Baker and Brown talking about the team’s performance and how they’ve seen improvement from one game to the next:

As a team, Arizona shot 67 percent from the field, went 13-for-22 from behind the arc, and outscored NAU 30-to-8 in fast-break points. One key to the team’s success was the assists-to-turnover ratio at 1.75, finishing with 21 assists on the night.

Arizona freshmen Ben Mathurin and Dalen Terry combined for ten assists on just four turnovers, showing their versatility. Mathurin finished with 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists. In comparison, Terry finished with five points, three rebounds, and six assists.

Arizona will play a 1-1 CSU Bakersfield team on Wednesday as the team now has two games left in this three-game week.

Here’s coach Sean Miller talking about Baker’s monster game and how he has seen improvements out of his team on both sides of the court:

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com 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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