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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizonas towering European tandem had a big night Tuesday.Wildcats 7-footers Dusan Ristic and Lauri Markkanen scored 18 points apiece, and No. 20 Arizona bounced back from its loss to Gonzaga with a 79-57 victory over UC Irvine.Ristic, a Serbian who was two points shy of his career high, scored 14 in the first half and finished with 10 rebounds. Markkanen, the standout Finnish freshman, had 13 points in the second.They are very different players with some shared traits, coach Sean Miller said.They are incredible kids, Miller said. I mean, in the classroom, off the court, in practice, as teammates, love the game, two of our hardest workers. ... Theyre from the other side of the world. Theyre not going home for Christmas and yet theyre really, really great kids.The Wildcats (7-2) pulled away in the final 6 1/2 minutes of the first half and never were threatened again.Jaron Martin scored 12 points and Max Hazzard had 10 for the Anteaters (4-5).Rawle Alkins added 14 points and Kadeem Allen 12 for the Wildcats, who shot 54 percent from the field to UC Irvines 38 percent.After a sluggish start, Arizona ended the first half on a 15-3 run to lead 39-23.The Wildcats jumped out to leads of 14-5 and 16-7, but Martins second 3-pointer cut Arizonas advantage to 24-20 with 6:40 left in the half. Ristic scored four of the next six points and Arizona was finally rolling.Allen scored seven and Ristic six in the run.Arizona led by as many as 30 points. UC Irvines only lead was 1-0.Markkanen was coming off the worst shooting game of his young career, when he went 4 for 14 -- 0 for 3 on 3s -- in Saturdays loss to Gonzaga. He was 7 of 10 against the Anteaters, including 4 of 6 on 3s.I didnt think about the last game, Markkanen said. My game is to let the game come to me, not force it. ... Im not worried about my shooting. My self-confidence is still up. Nothing changes.Ristics game is close to the basket, and he shot 8 of 11 from the field.All the outside guys did a great job of getting the ball to me, he said. And they (UC Irvine) played zone probably 80 percent of the game. A lot of times the low post was open and that is how I score the majority of my points.Down to seven scholarship players, Arizona switched from its traditional man-to-man to a 2/3 zone for a time in the second half. Miller said he did it to give his team some rest. He might do it again, but not often, he said.The more zone we play, the worse well be in man-to-man, he said.Anteaters coach Russell Turner thought perhaps the Wildcats player shortage would work to his teams advantage.I thought if we played our style of basketball, he said, played good defense and rebounded well, that we would have had a chance to keep this game close given their roster situation. But we werent really able to maintain our focus on doing the things we said.BIG PICTUREUC Irvine: The Anteaters lost four starters from last seasons team. They are big but not very athletic inside. If they expect to be competitive in the Big West, the Anteaters need to shoot better from long range. They went 4 of 20 on 3s against Arizona.Arizona: The Wildcats needed a win, regardless of the opponent, after dropping two of their last three -- to Butler and Gonzaga on neutral courts -- with a tough game coming up at Missouri.STILL SHORT-HANDEDWith starting point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright sidelined by an ankle injury and the status of Allonzo Trier still unclear, the Wildcats go with just two scholarship players on the bench.Jackson-Cartwright, whose right ankle remains in a boot, might not be back until sometime in January. Trier could finally have his situation resolved soon, but thats been said before. The school has not officially given a reason for his absence but its apparently an eligibility issue.UP NEXTUC Irvine: The Anteaters face Pomona-Pitzer on Friday in their second home game of the season.Arizona: The Wildcats play on an opponents home court for the first time this season at Missouri on Saturday. Antonio Callaway Hoodie . 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Kuemper made five saves in the first, nine in the second, and nine in the third. The rookies best save came with 2:17 left in the third period when he denied former Wild forward Matt Cullen from just outside of the crease on the right side. Splyce has heard it all before: the jeers from North American fans and the disinterest from analysts when the discussion inevitably shifts to the Call of Duty European scene. For Splyces shot caller Joshua-Lee Joshh Sheppard, it almost becomes second nature. Its a topic that always comes up in conversation because [Europe] has always been looked down upon by the Americans, he explains. Weve always been considered second best to [North America].But theres reason to believe the tides might be shifting with the European scene riding a wave of success heading into the Call of Duty World Championship in September. No longer just an afterthought, there are a handful of teams from Europe that could make waves at the big event with Splyce leading the charge.Every year, we say this year we might actually be as good as [North America], but this year, I genuinely believe it, Sheppard continued.The narrative is changing surrounding the European Call of Duty scene, and Splyce is at the forefront of the conversation.Success starts at homeStarting in the European Stage 1 playoffs earlier this year in March, where the upstart team were considered an afterthought, Splyce blitzed through its quarterfinal matchup against exceL eSports and semifinal matchup against Team Infused, landing itself a spot in the Stage 1 finals. More importantly, it was in the conversation for the best Call of Duty team in Europe.I think it was a big shock for everyone, including myself, if Im being honest, said Sheppard. Even though its bad to say, I was somewhat a doubter of our team until that run.While Splyce would ultimately lose in the finals of Stage 1 to Millenium 4-1, a series that Sheppard swears could have went Splyces way if not for a few unlucky moments, it was clear the European scene was on the rise. Now, the region just needed to prove their mettle against American competition.In June, the best teams around the world traveled to Zenith, Paris to compete at the Esports World Convention 2016. For many teams, this would be their first taste of international competition. Three North American teams -- OpTic Gaming, Rise Nation, FaZe Clan -- attended the 16-team event. Never mind which team could knock the North American teams off the stage, the overwhelming question from fans and casters was which European team would claim fourth place.But after battling through the group stage event and securing a position within the championship bracket, Splyce was put in position to make a statement for Europe. It started by knocking off FaZe Clan 3-0 in the quarterfinals before defeating Rise Nation 3-2 in the ssemifinals.ddddddddddddStanding in its way of a first place finish was OpTic Gaming, the North American giant that just claimed the North American Stage 1 crown weeks earlier, capping off a brilliant performance during the regular season.If defeating OpTic Gaming was the next hurdle to jump over en route to making a name for European Call of Duty, then Splyce came to an abrupt halt. OpTic Gaming would go on to sweep Splyce 3-0 in the finals, a moment that Sheppard regards with irritation. He would begrudgingly admit his team got destroyed.Still, the bitter loss didnt overshadow all the success Splyce earned throughout the tournament. To get where we did was still really good, he said.A week later, European teams attended the next international event, Major League Gaming Anaheim, to mixed results. While all three teams from across the pond (Splyce, Team Infused, Millenium) made it into the Championship Winners Bracket after surviving a brutal open qualifier, only Team Infused advanced into the quarterfinals and promptly lost to eLevate 3-2. Splyce, to its credit, placed in the Top 12, but Sheppard admitted the results could have been much better.For as dominant as Splyce has looked in 2016, its important to note the team has only managed to secure one title in July: a win at the Gfinity Call of Duty World League Summer Masters. But in order to look dominant, a team must first be in the conversation, a relatively new role for Splyce.Whats next?Even with a disappointing run at Major League Gaming Anaheim, Splyces performance during Stage 2 (at one point, its record was 11-1) has merit and has kept it within the conversation for best team in Europe. A resounding sweep of HyperGames to claim first place in the Gfinity CWL Summer Masters certainly brings some credence to the idea as well. But another playoff run like what it put together in Stage 1 will be critical -- not just for the teams confidence and place within Europe -- but for its reputation outside of it.100 percent, we are the best team in Europe, said Sheppard. Coming off Gfinity, we know well be confident and we can beat anyone, including the American teams. Its just important we are always at that level because it is hard to maintain it.A finals win at the Stage 2 playoffs doesnt just come with a monetary prize; it comes saddled with an entire regions hopes and expectations. After winning the playoffs, the pressure has only just begun. And the pressure is something Splyce relishes. Cheap Jerseys Store Discount NFL Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2018 Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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