Through two abbreviated seasons, Arizona junior guard Allonzo Trier has shown flashes of what he’s capable of doing. On Friday he made it clear he plans to treat 2017-18 like his coming out party.
Trier scored a career-best 32 points in the third-ranked Wildcats’ 101-67 win over Northern Arizona in their season opener. His previous best of 28 came in a February home win over UCLA.
The 6’5” Trier—who is a preseason AP All-American—averaged a team-best 17.2 points per game last season but missed Arizona’s first 18 games because of an NCAA suspension for a failed drug test. He averaged 14.8 points as a freshman in 27 games, missing seven contests with a broken hand.
Trier was 10-of-13 from the field, making both three-point attempts and 10-of-11 foul shots and added 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Arizona also got a career-high 20 points from senior center Dusan Ristic and 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks from 7’1” freshman forward DeAndre Ayton in his college debut.
The Wildcats, which shot 59.6 percent, had just eight scholarship players because of injury, suspension or NCAA transfer rules.
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