Markkanen, Trier lead Arizona to 69-60 win over Saint Mary's

Lauri Markkanen, Allonzo Trier lead Arizona to second-round victory over Saint Mary's

However, he didn't have it early on in Saturday's second-round game against Saint Mary's, going scoreless in the first half and missing all four of his shots.

Alkins' return would be crucial for Arizona.

Trier didn't look like himself in the first half of Saturday's NCAA Tournament win against Saint Mary's.

Arizona, which trailed 30-29 at the half, fought back in a game that featured nine lead changes in the second half alone.

Arizona will face #11 Xavier, Sean Miller's previous coaching residence before the Wildcats. "Certainly when he's confident, our team is a lot better".

Allonzo Trier, absent in the first half, scored 14 in the second half perhaps trying too hard in the first half.

The one saving grace in the first half was Lauri Markkanen, making five free throws and one shot for seven points.

Every time Landale touched the ball, Markkanen forced him to work outside and eventually Landale simply bogged down and the only way for the Gaels to have any shot of winning was if they hit threes. He followed with a fall-back 15-foot jumper that banked in from the left angle. He finished the game by hitting three of four free throws.

The Wildcats did this by attacking the basket, trying to get the ball inside often. "Being that it could potentially be the last game of the year, I didn't want to go out like this". It's kind of how I am.

"I nearly feel like the difference in the game was his offensive outburst maybe midway through the second half".

"Even with that, I still wanted to play for my team", Alkins said. Whether it be Rawle, Kadeem, Allonzo, and then inside Dusan, LaChance, Lauri, I think those guys really got fouled and delivered on those drives and post-ups.

"My number was called and I did what I was supposed to do, score", he said.

In the National Basketball Association, there's a term for a player who isn't afraid to shoot the ball, no matter the situation, whether he's open or covered, whether he's missed every shot or made all of them. "I'm thrilled whenever I have that chance and I try to take advantage of it".

Arizona holds a 4-2 lead in the all-time series with Saint Mary's and has won three straight over the Gaels dating back to 2000.

For the game, the Gaels made just 5 of 21 for 23.8 percent, their lowest percentage of the season. "The unexpected happens, and you have to fight through it to get there". "We had some open ones we needed to make".

Nigel Hayes scored 19 points, dropping a layup in traffic with 11.4 seconds left, and Bronson Koenig shook off foul trouble and added 17 for the tournament-toughened Badgers (27-9), who will play next week at New York's Madison Square Garden after knocking off a Villanova team that never found its traction in snowy Buffalo.

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