Notebook: Arizona vs. Ball State

Arizona defeated Ball State on Sunday after being down at the half. Read on for a closer look at how Arizona was able to pick up the win.

Arizona performed sluggishly in the first half and fell behind by double digits, but completely turned it around in the second half as the Wildcats defeated Ball State 73-63. Much like its previous two games, UA had trouble with a lesser opponent early in the contest before turning it on in the second half and running away with the game late in the second half.

The game marked the return of junior forward Kevin Parrom, who entered the game early in the first half to a standing ovation. Parrom's presence gave Arizona an emotional boost and he played a key role in the victory.

  • Senior Kyle Fogg led the way with 21 points on 5-for-12 shooting, including 3-for-5 from deep. Fogg did a good job of getting to the line as well, making eight out of nine shot attempts from the charity stripe.

  • Solomon Hill stepped his game up on Sunday and recorded a double-double with 16 points with 11 rebounds. The junior shot 4-for-6 from the field and 7-for-10 from the foul line as he was much more assertive than he was in his previous two games. Hill also added three assists and a block to round out his performance.

  • Parrom may have only produced six points in 18 minutes, but he hit a big three pointer in the second half and add four boards with two assists. What was even more important is that Parrom looked fine physically. The effort was certainly there and he didn't shy away from playing how he normally does.

  • Freshman Nick Johnson led all scorers off the bench with nine points. The guard did a solid job of creating chances to go to the foul line as he shot seven free throws in 24 minutes of action.

  • As a team, the Wildcats shot better from three-point land than it did from inside the arc. UA connected on 40 percent (8-for-20) of its shots from long range, but just 39.1 percent from two-point range (9-for-23).

  • The Wildcats did a great job of controlling the glass, out-rebounding the Cardinals 36-to-25.

  • Arizona's ability to draw fouls really helped its winning effort on Sunday. The Wildcats shot 43 free throws (connecting on 31 of them) and forced ball State into 28 personal fouls.

  • On the flipside, UA only committed 15 personal fouls which led to a mere 13 free throw attempts by Ball State. BSU was able to hang with Arizona for a large portion of the game and had it been able to gain more attempts at the foul line, it may have rendered a totally different outcome.

  • Bench play was a big reason UA won this contest. The Wildcats reserves put up 21 points while the Cardinals' only mustered up 11.

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