# 11 Arizona cruises to conquer Wyoming
Arizona hosted one of the 12 remaining undefeated teams at the McKale Center on Wednesday, but it’s hard to say.
The Wildcats simply took out Wyoming, 94-65, the same way they’ve pretty much everyone so far this season.
Playing without reserve forward Kim Aiken for what UA called “personal reasons,” the Wildcats shot 52.8 percent from the field and hit the Cowboys on the glass with a 42-27 rebound advantage.
Their rebound helped the Wildcats continue to push their favorite fast-paced compared to the normally slow-tempo Cowboys, while Bennedict Mathurin, Kerr Kriisa and Azuolas Tubelis led a show that entertained the largest and loudest crowd in the world. Wildcats of the season.
After scoring 29 points on Sunday at Oregon State in a performance that earned him the Pac-12 Player of the Week award, Mathurin had 24 out of 10 points for 16 shots, as well as 10 rebounds and five assists.
Kriisa had 17 points while scoring 5 of 10 3-pointers and had five more assists, while Tubelis had 17 points and eight rebounds.
The victory took 11th-ranked Arizona to 8-0, entering a showdown on Saturday against Illinois (7-2), which came off an 87-82 victory over Iowa on Monday. Wyoming fell to 8-1 after their first loss of the season.
While playing without Aiken, who was not present at McKale for what UA referred to as “personal reasons,” the Wildcats also briefly lost Kriisa and Pelle Larsson in the first half to locker room visits. for apparently minor injuries.
Ahead of 52-33 at halftime, UA built up to 36 points early in the second half before the Cowboys moved closer to 27 points with 12:08 remaining in the game in large part thanks to in 3-point shooting by Xavier DuSell.
The Cowboys hit just 1 of 12 3s in the first half, with DuSell going 1 for 4, but the Scottsdale goalie was 4 of 5 for 3 points in the first eight minutes of the second half.
DuSell finished with 22 points and 6 of 12 3-pointers to help keep the Cowboys just under a 30-point loss in the end. Wyoming’s 48.4 percent overall second-half shot also held up the Wildcats from a bigger, smashing win.
As Arizona’s defense eased in the second half, the Wildcats were unstoppable in the first half. Getting 14 points apiece before halftime from Kriisa and Mathurin, Arizona took a 53-22 halftime lead.
Kriisa hit 4 of 5 3-pointers in the first half despite a four-minute stoppage of play due to left ankle pain while Mathurin had 14 of 6 shots against 10.