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At the half, Arizona down on the road at Cal

Steven Spooner
Arizona men’s basketball head coach Sean Miller screams at his team during Arizona’s 71-55 win over University of Northern Colorado on Monday, Nov. 21.

The California Golden Bears lead No. 18 Arizona 32-26 at the half. Junior Dusan Ristic leads all Arizona scorers with 10 points and two rebounds.

With both Arizona and California coming off of extended holiday breaks, the first half was a game of runs.

The Wildcats struggled to find their shot early, and head coach Sean Miller called a timeout a little over a minute in to the game after the Bears jumped to a quick 4-0 lead. At the first media timeout with 15:35 left in the first half, both teams were 2-14 from the field and had combined for four turnovers.

Arizona had one of their worst shooting halves of the season. The Wildcats went 1-7 from deep and shot 36 percent from the field (12-33).

The Golden Bears found their stride in the middle of the half, and went on a 15-0 run that stretched over six minutes. Arizona went 0-9 during the six-minute stretch, and the Bears held a 13-point lead with 9:30 to play.

Arizona followed the 15-point run with a 9-0 run of their own over the next two minutes, but they were unable to catch the Bears before halftime. The Bears recovered after their own shooting struggles early in the first half and finished 12-30 (40%) in the half.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright returned to the floor for Arizona following his ankle injury. The junior point guard played nine minutes scoring no points. He had two assists and two rebounds.

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