Second-half surge fuels No. 9 Arizona to easy win
=== Second-half surge fuels No. 9 Arizona to easy win ===
Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Chris Rodgers scored 20 points as the ninth-
ranked Arizona Wildcats used a big second-half to easily defeat the Virginia
Cavaliers, 81-51, at the McKale Center.
Hassan Adams chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds while Mustafa Shakur added
14 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats (2-2), who won their home opener
and stopped a two-game slide. Shakur also dished out seven assists. Arizona
had scoring from all but one player.
Virginia (2-1) was led by Sean Singletary, who poured in 24 points in defeat.
The only other Cavalier scorer in double figures was Adrian Joseph, who had 12
Arizona led most of the first half, but Virginia tied things up at 20-20 after
Singletary hit a jumper with 6:14 remaining in the opening period.
The Cavaliers then ripped off an 8-2 spurt that put them ahead at 28-22 with
2:45 remaining in the half.
Arizona responded with a 9-0 run, capped off by Rodgers converting a layup at
the buzzer, to claim a 31-28 advantage heading into the break.
Singletary was a force in the first half for Virginia, scoring 14 points.
Arizona stormed out in the second half, using a 20-1 run led by Adams’ 10
points to grab a 51-29 lead.
Shakur hit a three-pointer with 4:20 remaining to give the Wildcats a 30-point
cushion at 71-41. Arizona would outscore the Cavaliers 50-23 in the second
half as Virginia only made eight shots from the floor.
Arizona now leads the all-time series 2-1…The Wildcats shot 50.8 percent
from the field while Virginia shot only 37 percent…The Cavaliers committed
24 turnovers and Arizona only had nine.