Notebook: Arizona vs. Mississippi State

Arizona lost to Mississippi State on Friday. Read on for a closer look at why the Wildcats lost.

Arizona dropped its first contest of the 2011-12 season on Friday as the Wildcats fell to Mississippi State 67-57. The loss drops UA to 4-1 on the season as it could never really get comfortable against the Bulldogs. MSU jumped out to a quick 7-0 advantage early in the first half and never looked back as it led the entire game.

The game showed that the Wildcats still have plenty to work on as a team and have a few issues lingering on both offense and defense that need to improve. The offense was stagnant at times on Friday while the defense couldn't provide enough support to overcome the offensive woes.

  • UA only saw two players score in double figures. Solomon Hill led the way with 12 points and was a big factor on the boards with nine rebounds. Hill had a nice showing on Friday, but when only two players score more than 10 points and the leader has just 12, it's going to be tough for the Wildcats to come away with the victory.

  • Senior forward Jesse Perry was the only other player to reach double-digits in the scoring column for Arizona. Perry concluded the evening with 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record his third double-double of the season. His play was certainly a big plus for UA, but wasn't enough to neutralize the production Mississippi State received from its post players on the other end of the floor.

  • Bulldogs' big man Arnett Moultrie dominated the paint on Friday. The junior finished with 19 points on a very efficient 8-for-10 shooting. The forward also grabbed 10 boards and played hard all night despite spending a fair portion of the contest in foul trouble.

  • Arizona had a rough night shooting as the Wildcats connected on only 39.7 percent of their shot attempts. The Wildcats, who had made 14 three-point attempts the night before against St. Johns, were held to just 6-for-20 from downtown against MSU as the Bulldogs did a solid job of keeping UA from getting good looks from deep.

  • The Wildcats failed to do enough to get to the foul line on Friday. UA only shot nine free throws and connected on just five of them. Arizona relied too much on the jumper and its inability to initiate contact in the paint prevented UA from getting a viable amount of foul shots.

  • UA's bench production was down on Friday. The unit combined for 17 points on 5-for-20 shooting. Freshman Nick Johnson struggled mightily from the floor as he shot just 22 percent overall.

  • Looking at the box score, the game was close in most facets. Mississippi State separated itself from the Wildcats by drawing more fouls and connecting on a higher percentage of field goal attempts. Every other major statistical category was close to even.

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