Notebook: Arizona vs. Humboldt State

Arizona came out with the win over Humboldt State on Tuesday. Read on to get a closer look at how the Wildcats did it.

Arizona had another sluggish performance in its second exhibition game, but was able to come away with a 60-51 victory over Humboldt State. The Wildcats dug themselves a hole when they fell behind by double digits early in the second half, but battled back and ultimately won the game.

The game showed that UA still has a long way to go to be anywhere near where it was a season ago. There was some definite progress in comparison to the exhibition opener, but there are still plenty of kinks to be worked out before the games begin to count next week.

  • Senior Jesse Perry had a strong outing, scoring a team-high 12 points and grabbing 14 rebounds for the Wildcats. Perry struggled in the paint last week against Seattle Pacific, but looked much more comfortable this time around. Perry used his strength to draw fouls and was routinely able to earn his way to the charity stripe. Perry's performance wasn't without its flaws though as the senior turned the ball over five times; also a team high.

  • One of the more encouraging occurrences on Tuesday was the assertiveness of center Kyryl Natyazhko. The junior scored just five points, but where he really made his impact was on the glass. In just 19 minutes of action, Natyazhko grabbed 11 rebounds – seven of which came on the offensive end. If Arizona is going to have a successful season in 2011-12, it will need more games like he had tonight when they begin to count.

  • After grabbing only 20 rebounds as a team against Seattle Pacific, UA dominated the glass against Humboldt State. The Wildcats more than doubled the Lumberjacks total on the boards and two players – Perry and Natyazhko – out-rebounded the entire Humboldt State team by themselves.

  • Freshman starting point guard Josiah Turner continues to become more comfortable with his surroundings. He finished with 10 points, three assists and he even blocked a shot. Arizona's offense was more successful when Turner was able to assert himself, so the freshman point guard should only continue to improve as he becomes acclimated with the college pace.

  • Another freshman, Angelo Chol, appeared to find a comfort zone t both ends of the floor in the second half. The big man finished with five points, three rebounds and was able to alter several shots on the defensive end of the floor. Until his late surge, Chol wasn't being as assertive with the ball, but he showed what he is capable of when he's confident.

  • Freshman guard Nick Johnson followed up his 18-point debut with a solid eight point outing in his second game. Johnson went 3-for-5 from the floor in 20 minutes of action.

  • Arizona's free throw shooting continues to be a problem. The Wildcats missed 16 of their 38 free throw attempts on the evening. Their free throw struggles were another reason the Lumberjacks were able to keep the game competitive.

  • Another big issue UA must address is its inability to control the ball efficiently. For the second straight game, the Wildcats struggled to hold on to the rock and committed 20 turnovers as a team in the process. Giving the ball up that often simply will not fly against tougher competition and it was one of the biggest reasons Humboldt State hung close throughout.

  • Arizona struggled from beyond the three-point line, going 2-for-10 as a team. The only two players that were able to connect from deep were Brendon Lavender and Kyle Fogg; everyone else was shut out from long range.

  • This game was a slight improvement over last week's disappointing loss to Seattle Pacific, but UA clearly has work to do. Committing 20 turnovers, missing 16 free throws and struggling to knock down shots from long range are not going to help you win many games when the opponents begin to get tougher. There was steady improvement shown over last week and now the Wildcats must continue to get better.

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