Arizona came away with a win over Oakland on Tuesday due to numerous impressive performances. Read on for a closer look at why the Wildcats were able to win.
After experiencing a tough loss to Gonzaga
on Saturday, the Arizona
Wildcats rebounded nicely with an 85-73 victory over the Oakland Golden Grizzles on Tuesday night. UA led for the majority of the contest and held the Grizzles at a comfortable distance for most of the second half. Oakland threatened at times, and even cut the Wildcats' lead to four at the half, but Arizona ended up extending the lead in the second half and ran away with the victory.
It was a contest that was led by UA's veterans. The Wildcats' offensive attack was paced by three upperclassmen and it led to one of Arizona's most efficient shooting performances of the season.
Solomon Hill bounced back from his tough outing against Gonzaga with a career-high 23 points against Oakland. The junior shot an impressive 8-for-10 from the floor and also collected a game-high 11 rebounds. Hill looked more determined to be a major factor on Tuesday, finishing strong around the basket several times and shooting well from outside. Hill also added three assists and a block to his stat-line.
Senior Kyle Fogg scored 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting; including 2-for-5 from behind the three-point line. The shooting guard has found a little more consistency of late as he has now reached double-figures in four of his last five games.
Fogg contributed more than just scoring on Tuesday night. The senior also grabbed six rebounds, dished out three assists and picked up two steals. Fogg also continues to play solid defense along the perimeter. Oakland shot just 28.1 percent from beyond the arc and Fogg's defensive effort contributed to the Golden Grizzlies' struggles from deep.
Forward Jesse Perry was the third Wildcat to reach double-digit scoring with his 13 point performance against Oakland. The senior went 5-for-7 from the floor and connected on three out of four attempts from the charity stripe. He played within the offense and found several good looks around the basket. Perry also added four rebounds in the winning effort.
The Wildcats simply played a better offensive game than the Golden Grizzles. UA shot 55.6 percent from the floor for the game – including 44.4 percent from three-point range. Oakland, on the other hand, connected on just 41.9 percent of its shots and had difficulty finding consistency shooting the ball. The Golden Grizzlies shot well in spurts, but could never get into a consistent enough groove to overcome their deficit.
UA won the game handily despite some sloppy ball-protection. The Wildcats turned the ball over 16 times, which is the highest number of turnovers in a victory since committing 20 against Duquense in the second game of the season.
Arizona was successful in protecting the boards as it out-rebounded Oakland 39-28. The Golden Grizzles were able to grab 10 of those rebounds on the offensive end of the floor, but it didn't mean much in the end as Oakland couldn't capitalize on its second-chance opportunities often enough.
UA's bench did just a bit more than Oakland's. The Wildcats second unit combined to score 17 points – led by six points each from Josiah Turner and Brendon Lavender - while the Golden Grizzles could only muster up six points from its reserves.
In the end, it was Arizona's team play that put it over the top in this affair. UA totaled 18 assists – led by six from freshman Nick Johnson – while the Golden Grizzles fell short in the passing department; collecting just 10 assists as a team.