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fort zone of shoot­ing the ball,” Huskies coach Ron Cot­trell said. “It was more about who was on the floor for them than who was in the stands.”

Ari­zona en­tered a sea­son un­ranked for the first time since 2010 after a ma­jor ros­ter over­haul.

The Wild­cats lost their top five scor­ers from last year’s NCAA Tour­na­ment team, with Dy­lan Smith the top re­turner at 4.3 points per game.

Ari­zona was sloppy of­fen­sively early, fin­ish­ing the first half 9 of 24 from the floor with 11 turnovers.

The Wild­cats led 33-24 be­hind their de­fense.

Us­ing its size and quick­ness to ha­rass the Huskies, Ari­zona held Hous­ton Bap­tist score­less for nearly 3½ min­utes to open the game and 2-for-16 shoot­ing to open with a 13-4 run.

Hous­ton Bap­tist fought back to pull within five, but con­tin­ued to strug­gled against the big­ger Wild­cats,

go­ing 8 for 34 from the floor and 1 for 10 from 3-point range.

Ari­zona cleaned up its turnovers in the se­cond half (two) and took con­trol early, go­ing on an 11-0 run to build the lead to 50-35.

BIG PIC­TURE

Hous­ton Bap­tist held its own for stretches against a Pac-12 school on the road, some­thing it can build on when the South­land Con­fer­ence sea­son starts.

Ari­zona over­came its early strug­gles with a strong se­cond half, im­prov­ing to 10-0 in sea­son open­ers un­der Miller.

FREE THROW STRUG­GLES

Hous­ton Bap­tist did a good job of cre­at­ing fouls against Ari­zona, go­ing to the free throw line 27 times. The Huskies strug­gled to get their free shots to drop, mak­ing just 11.

Ari­zona went 28 for 36 on free throws, in­clud­ing 15 of 18 in the se­cond half.

JETER’S DE­BUT

Jeter was ex­pected to be a key cog for Ari­zona after sit­ting out last sea­son

as a trans­fer from Duke. He was lim­ited in prac­tice in the two weeks lead­ing up to Ari­zona’s ex­hi­bi­tion games, but is feel­ing bet­ter and had a solid de­but, mak­ing 4 of 5 shots.

“Right now, the in­jury is fi­nally leav­ing him and we’re all anx­ious for him to have a good stretch of health be­cause one thing Chase has done at ev­ery level he’s played, he re­bounds,” Miller said.

HUSKY RE­BOUND­ING

Hous­ton Bap­tist missed a lot of shots, so there were plenty of of­fen­sive re­bound­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and the Huskies made the most of those.

Hous­ton Bap­tist out­re­bounded Ari­zona 18-14 on the of­fen­sive glass and scored 19 se­cond-chance points.

“It’s a big con­cern; we got man­han­dled on the glass,” Miller said.

UP NEXT

Hous­ton Bap­tist hosts Ford­ham on Satur­day.

Ari­zona hosts Cal Poly on Sun­day.

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