Notebook: UA vs. ASU

Arizona easily defeated Arizona State on Saturday. Read on for a look at why the Wildcats were able to get it done.

Arizona opened Pac-12 play Saturday afternoon with a convincing 68-51 over arch-rival Arizona State. The Wildcats led for the majority of the contest and didn't receive much of a fight from ASU. The victory takes UA to 1-0 in conference play while the Sun Devils fall to 0-1 to open the Pac-12 slate.

The Wildcats took control of the game early and never surrendered the lead after that. At one point in the second half, Arizona held a 24-point advantage and seemed to coast for the rest of the contest. UA was very stingy on the defensive end, utilizing a total team effort to stifle the ASU offense and come away with the victory.

  • Jesse Perry led the Wildcats with 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Perry brought his physical side to the game, drawing several fouls on his way to a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe. Perry was efficient shooting the ball as well, connecting on four out of six attempts from the floor. The forward also contributed three assists on the offensive end, while coming up with a block and a steal on defense.

  • Solomon Hill earned himself a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. In typical Hill-fashion, he was a factor in several other areas too. The junior dished out three assists while collecting a steal and a block.

  • Nick Johnson alluded to how much he was looking forward to playing Arizona State in the days leading up to the contest. The freshman obviously came ready to play as he concluded the afternoon with 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting; including 3-for-5 from behind the three-point line. Johnson was very assertive on offense and was able to get the fans of their seats with multiple highlight dunks.

  • Point guard Josiah Turner did most of his damage on the defensive end of the floor. The freshman hounded his man on each possession and frustrated the Sun Devils' backcourt as he came away with five steals. Turner's efforts on defense really disrupted what ASU was attempting to do on offense and led to several fast-break opportunities for the Wildcats.

  • UA's defense was a major factor Saturday afternoon. It held Arizona State to just 36 percent shooting and an even less impressive 26.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Wildcats' defense proved to be disruptive and prevented ASU from getting into any kind of a rhythm.

  • The Wildcats forced Arizona State into 19 turnovers and came away with 10 steals as a team. Arizona pressed the ASU backcourt the minute it crossed the half-court line on virtually every possession and it led to turnover after turnover by the Sun Devils.

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