The No. 1 seed Arizona didn’t make things easy, but it got the job done.
After falling down 10-2 in the opening six minutes, the Wildcats turned things around and held on to beat No. 16 seed Weber State 68-59 in a second round matchup of the NCAA tournament in San Diego.
Arizona pushed the lead to 21 points in the second half, but Weber State crawled back into the contest late by cutting the lead to nine with less than five minutes to go. But the Wildcats hit tough shots late to put away the other Wildcats.
Nick Johnson led Arizona with 18 points, and freshman star Aaron Gordon scored 16 points and tacked on eight boards. The No. 1 seed shot a scalding 55 percent from the field, but still had to squeak past Weber State. Senior Davion Berry was a one man show for Weber State, as he put up 24 points.
Despite winning its’ first game of the NCAA tournament, Arizona will have face a determined Gonzaga squad that will give them trouble on Sunday.
After falling at the hands of Wichita State in the third round of last year’s NCAA tournament, the Bulldogs are out for redemption after defeating Oklahoma State in a foul fest.
Arizona is in the same place that the Bulldogs were in last year — a No. 1 seed with high expectations facing a tough lower seed in the third round.
Can the Wildcats avoid the fate of the last year’s Bulldogs?
It certainly won’t be easy.