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Arizona rolls over Montana 61-42 after home streak ends

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona got the ball down low to Chase Jeter early and often.

The Wildcats' big man had a rough outing against Baylor, as did most of the team, so establishing him inside was a priority against Montana.

Jeter responded with a career-best game, scoring 21 points as the Wildcats bounced back from their first nonconference home loss in seven years with a 61-42 victory over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

''My teammates did a good job of finding me when I was open and having the confidence in me to score the ball when I got it,'' said Jeter, who made 9 of 15 shots.

Arizona had its 52-game home nonconference winning streak end on Saturday, when Baylor crushed the Wildcats on the glass in a 58-49 victory. The Wildcats (8-4) bounced back with a stellar defensive performance, holding the Grizzlies (6-4) to 27 percent shooting in Arizona coach Sean Miller's 500th career game.

Outrebounded 51-19 against Baylor, Arizona had a much better effort inside against Montana, grabbing 10 more rebounds while outscoring the Grizzlies 42-16 in the paint.

''I feel like we're back now,'' said Arizona's Brandon Randolph, who had 15 points.

Montana played without leading rebounder Jamar Akoh due to a wrist injury and had two long field goal-less stretches to prevent any chance of an upset at McKale Center. The Grizzlies also struggled from the perimeter, going 5 for 23 from the 3-point arc, and had no answer for Jeter inside without Akoh.

Ahmaad Rorie had 19 points to lead Montana.

''The conversation before travel was more about playing hard, playing together and competing, and not worry about who the opponent is,'' Grizzlies coach Travis DeCuire said. ''I thought they did that. Lack of effort didn't have anything to do with this game.''

Both teams went through long stretches of offensive ineptitude in a defensive-dominated first half.

The Grizzlies struggled offensively early, going more than five minutes without a field goal as Arizona built an 11-point lead by repeatedly getting the ball down low to Jeter.

Montana made up for it on the defensive end, holding the Wildcats without a field goal for more than 10 1/2 minutes, including a 6 1/2-minute scoreless streak.

Arizona took another defensive stand to close the first half, holding the Grizzlies to one field goal over the final 7:51 to lead 22-15.

The Grizzlies went through another offensive funk early in the second half, going scoreless for nearly 6 minutes as Arizona pushed the lead to 40-26.

Arizona kept up the defensive pressure from there to stymie any thought of a comeback.

''Nobody felt good what we did against Baylor,'' Miller said. ''Some of it was self-inflicted, some of it was a matter of circumstances. You can only control the response and we moved forward.''

BIG PICTURE

Montana had a hard time against Arizona' length with Akoh out, particularly on offense. Even so, a game in a tough environment should only help once the Big Sky season starts.

Arizona got back to its defensive roots against a veteran team that went to the NCAA Tournament last season. Maybe another home nonconference streak has started?

WILLIAMS HURTING

Brandon Williams had hard knee-on-knee contact with teammate Justin Coleman in practice before the Baylor game and played through swelling.

Wanting to ease him into the Montana game, Miller started Dylan Smith with Williams coming off the bench.

Williams, who had an injury to the same knee in high school, played 22 minutes, finishing with three points and three assists.

''We're looking at being smart with him, limiting practices,'' Miller said. ''That's why I didn't play him as much down the stretch, just to make sure he's all set. I think each day gets a little bit better.''

TURNING IT OVER

Montana isn't known for forcing turnovers, yet the Grizzlies had success forcing Arizona to cough up the ball. The Wildcats helped as well, finishing with 16 turnovers.

The Grizzlies had their own problems holding onto the ball, turning it over 16 times, leading to 15 points for Arizona.

''They reach a lot,'' DeCuire said. ''When you drive in traffic, they reach and slap and claw. We knew it and I thought we did a decent job with it.''

UP NEXT

Montana plays at South Dakota State on Saturday.

Arizona hosts UC Davis on Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Lost ball turnover on Freddy Brown III 2.0
+ 2 Ira Lee made layup 13.0
+ 3 Freddy Brown III made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Timmy Falls 42.0
  Defensive rebound by Peter Jones 52.0
  Ryan Luther missed layup 54.0
+ 1 Michael Oguine made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:06
  Michael Oguine missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:06
  Shooting foul on Alex Barcello 1:06
+ 2 Alex Barcello made jump shot 1:27
  Defensive rebound by Ira Lee 1:46
  Timmy Falls missed jump shot 1:48
Team Stats
Points 42 61
Field Goals 14-52 (26.9%) 24-54 (44.4%)
3-Pointers 5-23 (21.7%) 2-12 (16.7%)
Free Throws 9-10 (90.0%) 11-17 (64.7%)
Total Rebounds 30 40
Offensive 3 7
Defensive 23 32
Team 4 1
Assists 8 10
Steals 6 4
Blocks 2 5
Turnovers 15 16
Fouls 21 12
Technicals 1 1
19 PTS, 6 REB
21 PTS, 6 REB
12T
away team logo Montana 6-4 152742
home team logo Arizona 8-4 223961
Team Stats
away team logo Montana 6-4 76.1 PPG 36.7 RPG 14.6 APG
home team logo Arizona 8-4 70.9 PPG 38.3 RPG 12.4 APG
Key Players
14
A. Rorie G 14.9 PPG 4.1 RPG 4.1 APG 46.6 FG%
4
C. Jeter F 10.9 PPG 6.6 RPG 0.6 APG 57.4 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Rorie G 19 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
C. Jeter F 21 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
26.9 FG% 44.4
21.7 3PT FG% 16.7
90.0 FT% 64.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Rorie 19 6 0 7/15 1/3 4/4 0 38 0 0 2 1 5
M. Oguine 10 6 1 2/5 1/3 5/6 3 22 1 1 2 0 6
S. Pridgett 2 1 0 1/7 0/2 0/0 4 21 1 0 3 0 1
K. Kramer 2 3 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 30 1 1 2 1 2
B. Moorehead 0 3 2 0/6 0/4 0/0 3 33 1 0 0 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Rorie 19 6 0 7/15 1/3 4/4 0 38 0 0 2 1 5
M. Oguine 10 6 1 2/5 1/3 5/6 3 22 1 1 2 0 6
S. Pridgett 2 1 0 1/7 0/2 0/0 4 21 1 0 3 0 1
K. Kramer 2 3 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 30 1 1 2 1 2
B. Moorehead 0 3 2 0/6 0/4 0/0 3 33 1 0 0 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Manuel 3 1 1 1/5 1/3 0/0 1 17 0 0 1 0 1
T. Falls 3 5 2 1/9 1/5 0/0 4 21 2 0 3 1 4
F. Brown III 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
D. Dorsey 0 0 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 3 11 0 0 0 0 0
P. Jones 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
B. Carter 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
M. Anderson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Akoh - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Egun - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 42 26 8 14/52 5/23 9/10 21 200 6 2 15 3 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Jeter 21 6 0 9/15 0/0 3/4 0 25 0 0 3 2 4
B. Randolph 15 4 1 5/9 0/1 5/6 3 27 2 1 2 1 3
J. Coleman 6 3 4 3/6 0/0 0/1 2 30 0 0 2 0 3
D. Smith 2 3 0 0/4 0/4 2/2 2 29 1 1 3 0 3
E. Akot 0 6 0 0/1 0/0 0/2 1 18 0 1 1 0 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Jeter 21 6 0 9/15 0/0 3/4 0 25 0 0 3 2 4
B. Randolph 15 4 1 5/9 0/1 5/6 3 27 2 1 2 1 3
J. Coleman 6 3 4 3/6 0/0 0/1 2 30 0 0 2 0 3
D. Smith 2 3 0 0/4 0/4 2/2 2 29 1 1 3 0 3
E. Akot 0 6 0 0/1 0/0 0/2 1 18 0 1 1 0 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Lee 7 6 0 3/3 0/0 1/2 0 12 0 1 1 0 6
R. Luther 3 6 2 1/6 1/3 0/0 2 22 0 1 1 4 2
B. Williams 3 5 3 1/7 1/4 0/0 1 23 0 0 1 0 5
A. Barcello 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 6 1 0 1 0 0
D. Doutrive 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 1 0 0
J. DesJardins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Weyand - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Spence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 39 10 24/54 2/12 11/17 12 200 4 5 16 7 32