Notebook: Arizona vs. Bryant

Arizona was able to defeat Bryant on Thursday. Read on for a closer look at why the Wildcats won.

Arizona didn't receive much of a fight from Bryant at McKale Center on Thursday. The Wildcats held an advantage for much of the first half before running away with the game in the second as they defeated the Bulldogs 100-60. Bryant didn't make UA sweat much as it proved to be completely out-matched by Arizona. The win brings the Wildcats to 9-4 overall at the conclusion of non-conference play.

It was a very balanced performance by Arizona, which saw five players reach double figures and dished out 23 assists as a team. It wasn't the toughest night for the Wildcats, but they took care of business and the game was never really in doubt.

  • Jesse Perry had another double-double for UA. The senior concluded the evening with 16 points, 10 rebounds and even collected three assists. Perry was extremely efficient in shooting the ball (7-for-8 from the floor) and the Bulldogs couldn't find a way to counter his offensive presence. Perry focused more on the interior in this affair, as he didn't take a shot from three-point range. He really didn't need to though, as Bryant couldn't stop him in the paint.

  • Solomon Hill had a strong performance for Arizona. The junior finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. Hill picked up where he left off this past Tuesday against Oakland and came through with another solid, all-around effort. It's obvious that if UA wants to reach its potential this season, it will have to continue to receive performances like this from Hill on an every game basis.

  • Brendon Lavender came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points. The senior guard scored a good chunk of his points in the second half when UA was extending the lead even further and he was a big part of the reason that occurred. Lavender scored all 18 of his points from behind the three-point line as he went 6-for-8 from long range.

  • Kevin Parrom came off the bench and gave a nice all-around effort. The junior finished the night with 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting (5-for-5 from the foul line) and grabbed five rebounds while dishing out three assists. It has been an up-and-down beginning of the season for Parrom, but his latest effort is a positive sign heading into conference play.

  • Kyle Fogg was the fifth player in double-figures with 11 points. All three of Fogg's made field goals were from beyond the arc as he continues to gain more consistency from three-point range.

  • Freshman Josiah Turner came off the bench to score nine points and dish out five assists. What may be considered even more impressive is the fact that he committed zero turnovers. Turner has struggled playing under control in his first year of college basketball and, while Bryant is far from the toughest opponent he will face, it is encouraging to UA fans to see Turner limit his mistakes.

  • UA dominated the glass. The Wildcats nearly doubled the Bulldogs rebounding total; holding a 39-20 advantage on the glass.

  • Arizona played better team basketball than Bryant did. The Wildcats held a 23-11 advantage in the assist department and committed nine fewer turnovers.

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