Wildcats impressive in victory

Coming off a loss at Gonzaga, Arizona needed to come back and have an impressive outing. It did just that, as the Wildcats defeated the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 85-73.

Arizona returned home to face a solid Oakland Grizzlies squad and used a balanced effort to come up with an 85-73 win at home.

Arizona jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead behind a rebound by Solomon Hill and three-point play by Jordin Mayes. After an Oakland score, a three-pointer by Hill made it 8-2 about three minutes into the game with a layup by Jesse Perry extending it to 10-2. The Golden Grizzlies came right back with two free throws by Reggie Hamilton and a three by Drew Valentine to cut the UA lead to 10-7. Travis Bader then hit a bucket and Sean Miller called timeout with the Wildcats' lead down to one.

Both teams exchanged threes and then Hamilton hit a little jumper to give Oakland a one-point lead that only last until the next trip down court for Arizona, as a Josiah Turner layup got the lead back. With the teams tied at 17, Mayes hit a three-pointer to gain the lead and Hamilton answered with a jumper. Hill followed with four straight points and Fogg hit one from behind the arc, as Arizona quickly built a 27-19 lead with 7:53 left in the first half.

Arizona extended the lead to double digits at the line and Turner connected with Nick Johnson for a dunk that bounced off the rim as the Wildcats went up 12. Johnson followed up with a three-pointer from the corner as Oakland was forced to call timeout down 34-19. A Laval Lucas-Perry basket stopped the run, but Johnson answered with one from the free-throw line.

About a minute later, Hamilton hit a three to cut Arizona's lead back to single digits, but Perry came back and scored off a rebound to give Arizona its 11-point lead right back. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, Hamilton made a jumper and was fouled, as the free throw brought the Golden Grizzlies to within eight. After a bucket by Hill, a three-pointer by Hamilton made it a seven-point game with 2:13 left in the first half.

Two free throws by Lucas-Perry and a jumper by Hamilton ended the half with the Golden Grizzlies only down 40-36 at the half, despite Arizona shooting 47 percent from the field compared to 39 percent for Oakland.

Hill and Fogg scored consecutive buckets to open up an eight-point lead, but Bader hit consecutive three-pointers to bring Oakland within two before Fogg's layup brought Arizona back up four. A three by Mayes than gave Arizona back its momentum and Fogg added one of his own to put the Wildcats up nine with a little under 16 minutes left in regulation. Arizona's lead extended to 13 when Johnson came up with the ball and found Turner on a break for the layup. Hill then ran a break of his own, but kept it and hit the layup along with drawing the foul, as the free throw made it 60-44 with 13:52 left. The lead stayed at 16 until Brendon Lavender hit a three with a little over 11 minutes left to put the Wildcats up 19.

A Kyle Sikora jumper cut the lead to 13, but Perry answered with a layup. Valentine then hit a three-pointer to get something going, but Lavender hit another three before a Lucas-Perry jumper cut the lead to 13 with under eight minutes left. Bader then hit a jumper and two free throws to bring the Golden Grizzlies to nine points before a Hamilton three had Oakland within six.

Hill answered the Oakland run with two free throws and then a layup by Turner and Hill brought Arizona's lead back up to 12 within seconds.


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