Missouri beaten by No. 3 Arizona in the Maui Invitational

By Ben Brady 23 Sports

Monday, Nov. 24-

The Arizona Wildcats defeated the Missouri Tigers Monday night to improve to 4-0 on the year and drop the Tigers to 2-2. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley combined to score 30 points as the Wildcats wore down Mizzou for an easy 72-53 victory in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

Arizona has struggled from behind the arc this year, but their defense picked up the slack, paving the way for an easy win. The Wildcat defense held the Tigers to 36 percent shooting while they scored 24 points off the Missouri’s 17 turnovers.

It was a slow start for both teams as the Wildcats missed their first eight three point attempts. But they were able to get a couple late threes to go into the half with a 32-25 lead. This has been a theme for the Wildcats as they got off to slow starts in two of their first three games.

With Arizona’s length they gave the young Missouri roster some trouble by holding Mizzou to shoot eight for 24 in the first half. The Tigers struggled the whole half to get good looks inside, as they had to settle for long jump shots for most of the half.

Coming out of the half, Arizona would start to find their rhythm as they hit five of their first 10 shots to widen the lead to 11 early in the second half. The Wildcats would keep scoring shots as they went 11 of 23 in the second half and kept stretching the lead to send them into the Maui semifinals.

Freshman Montaque Gill-Caeser led Mizzou in scoring with 13 points. While it was a tough lost for Missouri, their season continues next Tuesday, Dec. 2 when they will take on Southeast Missouri State at home.