Notebook: Arizona vs. Gonzaga

Arizona lost to Gonzaga on Saturday after starting off slowly. Read on for a closer look at why the Wildcats could not come up with a win.

Arizona came into Saturday's affair against Gonzaga looking to upset the Bulldogs, but that hope went away quickly. The Wildcats fell behind 14-0 to Gonzaga and never recovered as the Bulldogs ultimately defeated UA 71-60. Arizona was able to make a push late in the second half, but it proved to be too little, too late.

The Wildcats struggled mightily from the get go and couldn't seem to find an answer for Gonzaga in the paint. The Bulldogs dominated the boards and were able to out-hustle UA to receive numerous second chance opportunities. Arizona failed to protect the glass on either end of the floor and it allowed the Bulldogs to keep the Wildcats at a safe distance for the entire contest.

  • Kyle Fogg led the way for UA with 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting and also added four rebounds. Fogg was one of the few players that found success for the Wildcats on the offensive end of the floor and did a solid job of defending the perimeter. Gonzaga only made three shots from behind the three point line and a portion of that can be attributed to the job Fogg did defending the outside.

  • Freshman Nick Johnson had another solid performance with 13 points. The guard was 5-for-9 from the floor and, along with Fogg, was one of the few players being assertive against the Bulldogs defense. Johnson also led the Wildcats with five assists, again proving to be one of the best playmakers on the roster.

  • Both Solomon Hill and Jesse Perry struggled for most of the afternoon for UA. The pair combined to shoot 5-of-16 from the floor, including 1-for-5 from beyond the arc. Perry wasn't much of a factor on the glass either, where he only collected two rebounds throughout the entire contest before fouling out.

  • Arizona couldn't stop forward Elias Harris. The 6-foot-7 forward was a very efficient 12-for-16 from the field and collected a game high seven rebounds – three on the offensive end of the floor. Harris was also very effective from the perimeter as he knocked down both of his attempts from beyond the three-point arc.

  • UA's lack of success on the boards cannot be understated. The Bulldogs out-rebounded the Wildcats 29-19 and were able to pick up 11 of those rebounds on the offensive glass. Gonzaga didn't shoot particularly well (43.6 percent for the game) but Arizona's inability to box out allowed the Bulldogs several second chances. More often than not, those chances paid off and prevented Arizona from cutting into the deficit further.

  • Arizona failed to create much inside and it led to a mere nine free throws over the entire 40 minutes. The Bulldogs only shot 62.5 percent from the charity stripe, but were able to earn 23 more chances at the free throw line. UA lost by 11; Gonzaga made 12 more free throws.

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