The Wildcats lost to the Aztecs on Wednesday night. Read on for a closer look at how it went down.
struggled throughout the contest on Wednesday night and ultimately fell to San Diego State
61-57. It's the second consecutive loss for the Wildcats and their first at home this season. The Wildcats never led as the Aztecs proved to be too much on both ends of the floor.
UA made a game of it after falling behind be as many as 17 points in the first half. The Wildcats were able to cut it to a two-point deficit at halftime, but SDSU came out in the second half and took command of the game. Every time Arizona would make a run, it would stall and San Diego State would take advantage.
The Wildcats were plagued with bad shooting throughout the course of the game. They shot 33.3 percent from the field and just 19.2 percent from three-point range. UA missed eight of its first nine shots to start the contest and could never get in a groove offensively.
Arizona struggled defending the perimeter as the Aztecs were very efficient from deep. San Diego State shot an impressive 8-for-12 from downtown, which countered its poor evening from the charity stripe, where the Aztecs were a dismal 5-for-15.
UA was led once again by junior Solomon Hill. The forward scored 14 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out a pair of assists, collected one steal and blocked one shot. Hill played a solid all-around game, but really struggled shooting the ball well on a consistent basis. He finished 4-for-12 from the floor and missed five out of his six attempts from beyond the three-point arc.
The Wildcats really struggled defending Aztecs' guard Chase Tapley. The junior tallied 17 points on a very efficient 7-for-12 from the floor. Tapley was deadly from long range as well, hitting three out of four attempts from three-point land. He also filled the role of distributor as he led his squad with four assists.
Jesse Perry had a great performance on the glass, grabbing 11 rebounds, but otherwise struggled. The senior shot only 2-for-7 from the floor and eventually fouled out of the game. Perry finished his night with nine points.
The backcourt duo of freshmen Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner came off the bench to provide a spark for Arizona. Each player received big minutes and responded with 10 points apiece. Johnson was a bit more active as evident with his seven rebounds, three steals and a block; but he also turned the ball over a team-high four times.
Turner's performance was another encouraging sign of improvement after the highly touted freshman's season got off to a rough start.
On the other hand, UA's starting backcourt of Jordin Mayes and Kyle Fogg could never seem to get going. Mayes struggled shooting the ball, going just 1-for-6 from the floor and he also failed to knock down a three-point field goal. Fogg didn't fare much better, shooting 2-for-6 and also getting blanked from long range.
Arizona's starting lineup didn't play to its full potential and never seemed to get comfortable on the floor. The unit shot poorly, going 9-for-33 from the field and 2-for-15 from long range. While the Wildcats do possess plenty of youth, the starting unit is five veterans of the system and will have to play a much more efficient brand of basketball if UA wants to play to its potential throughout the rest of the 2011-12 campaign.