Ran­dolph’s 25 leads Ari­zona over Hous­ton Bap­tist

Duke trans­fer ju­nior Chase Jeter nets a dou­ble-dou­ble in his de­but for the Wild­cats

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TUCSON — Ari­zona was shaky with the ball early, had trou­ble get­ting shots to fall from the perime­ter. With a ros­ter full of new play­ers and old play­ers in new roles, it was kind of ex­pected.

Once the Wild­cats got rolling, Hous­ton Bap­tist re­ally had no chance.

Bran­don Ran­dolph scored 25 points, Bran­don Wil­liams added 13 and Ari­zona opened a tran­si­tional sea­son with a 90-60

UA: 1-0 over­all HB: 0-1 over­all

win over Hous­ton Bap­tist Wed­nes­day night.

“We didn’t have a great deal of con­fi­dence, which that’s kind of who we are right now,” Ari­zona coach Sean Miller said of the first half. “We’re a bunch of guys who haven’t played to­gether and our hope is as we con­tinue to work in prac­tice, those ex­pe­ri­ences will help us im­prove.”

The new-look Wild­cats had a slew of turnovers in the first half as they fought first-game jit­ters, but shook those out at half­time to quickly turn a nine­point lead into a rout with 57 se­cond-half points.

The perime­ter shots weren’t fall­ing most of the night — 6 for 22 from the 3-point line — but the de­fense was good all night, al­low­ing Ari­zona to ex­tend its non­con­fer­ence home win­ning streak to 48 straight games.

Chase Jeter had 11 points and 10 re­bounds for the Wild­cats.

“I thought we were a lit­tle ner­vous and they came out to play,” Ran­dolph said. “We just had to set­tle down.”

Hous­ton Bap­tist fig­ured to have a hard time play­ing a Power Five pro­gram in one of col­lege bas­ket­ball’s tough­est road en­vi­ron­ments and was put at a fur­ther dis­ad­van­tage with 6-foot-11 se­nior cen­ter Josh Ibarra un­able to play due to a leg in­jury.

The Huskies held up OK in­side, but strug­gled from the perime­ter, go­ing 5 for 21 from the 3-point arc while shoot­ing 32 per­cent over­all.

Jalon Gates led Hous­ton Bap­tist with 12 points.

“When you’re shoot­ing over 6-7, 6-8 guys at times, you’re not get­ting in a com-

Ari­zona 90 Hous­ton Bap­tist 60

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