Arizona defeated Clemson on Saturday in an impressive win. Read on for a closer look at why Arizona was able to come up with the victory.
Wildcats played one of their more complete games of the season on Saturday afternoon as they defeated the Clemson
Tigers 63-47. UA led the entire contest and was never overly threatened by Clemson. The Tigers attempted multiple runs, but each time they got close the Wildcats extended their lead.
Arizona received a significant contribution from one of its highly touted freshmen and used smothering defense to make sure the Tigers could never really get in a rhythm on offense. The victory moves the Wildcats to 7-3 on the season and showed that UA has made progress as a team with the conference schedule right around the corner.
After struggling as the starting point guard against Florida, freshman Nick Johnson was moved back to shooting guard and had the best game of any Wildcat. The guard finished the contest with a team-high 14 points on an impressive 7-of-9 shooting. Johnson had several highlight dunks and was efficient with his jumper, making him difficult for Clemson to guard.
Solomon Hill rebounded from his off game with a strong overall afternoon for UA. The junior finished the game with 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. Hill continues to prove how important he is to the team when he is on top of his game. Hill had one of his more quality performances of the season and, in turn, the Wildcats came through with arguably their most efficient overall showing all season long.
Senior Kyle Fogg only hit one field goal in six shot attempts as he continued to struggle with his shot, but the guard still finished with eight points on the afternoon. Fogg was able to make an impact in other areas with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block. He was especially effective on the defensive end of the floor as he held Tigers' shooting guard Tanner Smith to two points as well as locking down the other Clemson swingmen along the perimeter.
Arizona won this game with tough defense. The Wildcats held Clemson to 31.7 percent shooting from the field and a mere 21.1 percent from beyond the arc. UA locked the Tigers' offense down and did so without surrendering too many free throw attempts. Clemson only took five shots from the charity stripe throughout the entire 40 minutes.
UA's defense did a good job of filling the passing lanes and preventing the Tigers from getting into any kind of rhythm on offense. Clemson totaled only nine assists as a team while committing 12 turnovers.
Freshman Josiah Turner returned after sitting out the Florida game with a suspension. The point guard had an up and down outing as he finished with six points. Turner wasn't lacking in the effort department as he constantly pushed the ball up the floor and made an impact on the boards with five rebounds. Turner's motor got him into trouble at times though, as he committed five of his team's 13 turnovers and only dished out one assist.
Big man Angelo Chol made a positive impact off the bench with five points, five rebounds and a block in just 13 minutes. Chol is still getting himself acclimated to the college game but is another young player showing steady progress as he gains more experience.
Sean Miller relied mostly on his starting unit against Clemson. All five starters received 23 minutes of playing time or more while the player that saw the floor the most off the bench was Turner with 17 minutes.