Notebook: Arizona vs. USC

Arizona was able to defeat USC on Sunday. Read on for a closer look at what led to the win.

Arizona rebounded nicely from a loss to UCLA on Thursday by going into the Galen Center and defeating USC 57-46 on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the Wildcats improve to 11-5 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-12. The loss drops the Trojans to 5-12 overall and 0-4 in conference play.

UA stormed out to a big lead early and never looked back as the Wildcats led from start to finish. USC was outmatched throughout the game as it couldn't get into any kind of groove on the offensive end of the floor. The Trojans continued to fight throughout the entire contest, but Arizona proved to have too much fire power for the Trojans to handle as the Wildcats were led by their upperclassmen.

  • Senior big man Jesse Perry had another strong performance for UA. The forward finished with 20 points – his second highest point-total for the season – on 9-for-13 shooting. Perry continues to be one of the more consistent players on the offensive end of the floor for UA as he recorded his fifth consecutive game with double-digit scoring.

  • Solomon Hill had a nice all-around performance for the Wildcats. The junior finished the afternoon with another double-double, scoring 11 points on 3-for-7 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds. Hill was solid on the defensive end of the floor as well, picking up a pair of steals on the afternoon.

  • Senior Kyle Fogg was the third Wildcat to reach double figures with 10 points and found other ways to make an impact on the floor. The guard also dished out three assists, grabbed three rebounds and blocked a pair of shots for the Wildcats.

  • Arizona played efficient defense throughout the contest, holding Southern California to just 29.3 percent shooting from the floor. The Trojans struggled even more from behind the three-point line, connecting on just one out of 15 attempts from deep. USC's inability to shoot a respectable percentage prevented it from making the game more competitive.

  • UA struggled holding on to the ball, committing 17 turnovers while USC turned the ball over just nine times. Fortunately for the Wildcats, they were able to make up for their sloppy ball control on the defensive end of the floor. If Arizona does a better job of preventing turnovers, the margin of victory would have been much wider.

  • The squad that does a better job of passing the ball usually comes away victorious and that was the case on Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats dished out 12 assists as a team compared to only six for USC. Five out of those six assists came from guard Alexis Moore. The other eight players that saw the floor for the Trojans combined for only one assist.

  • The Wildcats led by as a many as 20 points in the first half and were able to coast from there. After losing to a short-handed UCLA squad just three days prior, the Wildcats came out playing a much more determined brand of basketball and proved to be too much for the outmatched Trojans' squad. USC attempted to make runs at different times, but UA would simply pick up the tempo and extend the lead back to a sizeable margin.

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