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of effort on a night filled

in Share With Other Members Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:58 am
by jokergreen0220 • 480 Posts

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona bumped DeWayne Russell, followed him wherever he went, made it difficult for the nations second-leading scorer all night long.Russell still managed to score 19 points, but the 19th-ranked Wildcats earned the victory.Arizona overcame a rash of turnovers and a disjointed-at-times offense with a hounding defense, making Russell work for everything he got in a 64-54 win over Grand Canyon on Wednesday night.It was just knowing what he wants to do, where he wants to go and eliminating that, Arizonas Kobi Simmons said of stopping Russell.Russell entered the game scoring 25.4 points per game and had 42 against No. 11 Louisville , one of the nations best defensive teams.The slightly built senior guard is the focal point of every teams defense and it was no different against Arizona.The Wildcats (9-2) used a physical tactic against Russell, chasing and bumping him all over McKale Center while holding him to 8-of-21 shooting and 1 of 7 from 3-point range.DeWaynes unbelievable, Grand Canyon coach Dan Majerle said. To be keyed on, especially with the team we have, they know hes going to be the guy getting all the shots and he finds a way to get some shots up.Arizona needed that kind of effort on a night filled with turnovers and shots that wouldnt fall.The Wildcats built a 16-point lead in the first half, but allowed the short-handed Antelopes to claw most of the way back due to a rash of turnovers.Arizona had 19 turnovers overall and struggled shooting in the second half before wearing down Grand Canyon for its 39th straight non-conference home win.Simmons scored 13 points, and Rawle Alkins added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats.I thought it was a great challenge for our players, especially our freshmen, Arizona coach Sean Miller said. Were going to run into some of this moving forward and some of the teams that play with their style, are that physical and that tough-minded are also going to be much bigger.Grand Canyon (5-5), which is in the final year of its transition to Division I, kept Louisville within reach until late last week and did the same against Arizona.Russell almost singlehandedly kept the Antelopes in the Louisville game, but had help against Arizona in one of college basketballs toughest road arenas.Russell had 11 points in the first half, helping

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