No. 14 Arizona blows out Utah Tech 104-77

Arizona guard Kerr Kriisa (25) shields the ball from Utah Tech guard Isaiah Pope (21) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz.

Rick Scuteri, Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Kerr Kriisa scored a career-high 24 points and No. 14 Arizona steamrolled a third straight opponent to open the season, setting a school record for free throw shooting Thursday night in a 104-77 victory over Utah Tech.

Coming off a triple-double in his previous game, Kriisa was 6 of 7 from 3-point range and 6 of 6 at the foul line while adding four rebounds and five assists. Last week against Southern, the junior point guard had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists for his second career triple-double, becoming the third player in school history to do it multiple times.

Arizona went 22 for 22 from the free throw line. The previous school mark was 18 of 18 against Stanford in 2005.

“I guess if you take some extra reps then they actually go in more often,” Kriisa said.

After shooting 33.6% from 3-point range last season, Kriisa is 11 of 17 in three games this season.

“I’m trying to be consistent with hunting my shot,” he said. “I’m up and down with my shot (selection). Some games I take two shots and other games I take eight shots. I’m trying to find a good balance, so it’s no surprise for my teammates if I take more shots.”

Azuolas Tubelis and Cedric Henderson Jr. each had 20 points for the Wildcats. Oumar Ballo added 16 points and 11 rebounds as Arizona (3-0) topped …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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