Second-half rally propels Arizona
Freshman guard Brandon Williams had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Randolph scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to help Arizona extend its nonconference home winning streak to 52 games with an 80-69 victory over Utah Valley on Thursday.
Arizona trailed by 12 points at halftime but took control by shooting 61 percent in the second half.
“They did not catch us off guard, this wasn’t a situation where we were still thinking about out UConn victory (on Sunday) or didn’t respect Utah Valley,” Arizona head coach Sean Miller said. “Just the opposite . ... Utah Valley has great size, unbelievable skill. They run their offense as well as any team we’ll face this season.”
Randolph made all of his four three-pointers in the first four minutes of the second half to spark the comeback after the Wolverines built a 41-29 halftime lead. The Wildcats were 8-for-14 from three-point range in the second half.
Jake Toolson had 20 points and eight rebounds, Conner Toolson had 13 points and TJ Washington scored 11 for Utah Valley.
Justin Coleman added 15 points for Arizona, which had a 36-26 rebounding advantage.