Notebook: Arizona vs. Duquesne

Arizona defeated Duquesne on Wednesday night. Read on for a closer look at how it went down.

Arizona had to - once again - fight off a seemingly lesser opponent on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats fought off Duquesne 67-59 to move to 2-0 on the season. UA continued to show signs of struggle throughout and even trailed for a period of time in the second half. The Wildcats eventually took control late in the game and were able to come away with the eight-point victory.

It was a sloppy night for Arizona, who struggled shooting, holding on to the ball and playing efficiently on a consistent basis. The positive is that the Wildcats are 2-0 to start the season, but they will have to improve quickly before the schedule starts becoming much tougher.

  • It was a big night for Jordin Mayes, who started for Josiah Turner due to the freshman's tardiness to the team shoot-around. The sophomore guard scored a career high 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting; including 4-for-7 from three-point land. Mayes' scoring effort was essential to the Wildcats victory and he was very instrumental in multiple stretches where Arizona was able to go on a run.

  • Jesse Perry collected his second career double-double in as many contests. The senior scored 11 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked a pair of shots. Perry has been Arizona's most consistent player through two contests and has asserted himself in paint throughout his time on the floor. Without both Perry and Mayes, there is a good chance that the Wildcats would have been on the losing side of this game.

  • Junior Solomon Hill had a solid overall game, but did struggle in spurts. The forwards scored seven points – all from the free throw line – pulled down nine rebounds, dished out four assists and collected a pair of steals. Hill did commit four turnovers, four fouls and didn't make a field goal, but he showed the type of all-around positive play that UA fans have become accustomed to seeing over the past two seasons.

  • Guard Brendon Lavender had a strong performance despite playing a mere 14 minutes. The senior scored seven points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out a pair of assists off the bench. Lavender's offense was key for the Wildcats, who struggled to find consistent play from their players throughout the night.

  • Freshman Angelo Chol continues to provide some much-needed quality play in the post. The big man scored just six points in 20 minutes on 3-for-5 shooting, but he also pulled down seven rebounds and blocked a shot. Arizona needs someone outside of Perry to step up on a consistent basis in the paint and it looks like Chol could very well be that guy.

  • After an impressive debut on Monday, Nick Johnson struggled from the field on Wednesday. The freshman scored eight points, but shot just 1-for-5 from the floor and went just 6-for-10 from the foul line.

  • Senior Kyle Fogg scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds, but had his share of struggles too with a game-high six turnovers and four fouls. As a senior, Fogg will be expected to play a much more disciplined brand of basketball as the season progresses.

  • Arizona turned the ball over 20 times as a team, while Duquesne was only forced into seven. As the competition gets tougher, UA must do a better job of protecting the ball if it wants to stay competitive with the tougher teams ahead on the schedule.

  • The Wildcats shot just a shade over 43 percent as a team and while they held the Dukes to just under 38 percent from the floor, UA's lack of quality shooting prevented it from running away with the game like many expected.

  • For the second straight game, Arizona struggled with foul shooting. The Wildcats went 23-for-34 (67.6 percent) from the charity stripe, a ratio that head coach Sean Miller undoubtedly wants to see improve dramatically fast.

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