Notebook: Arizona vs. Oregon State

Arizona came up with a big win over Oregon State on Thursday. Read on for a closer look at why the Wildcats came out on top.

In a tough and emotional battle at McKale Center Thursday evening, Arizona came away with an 81-73 overtime victory over Oregon State. It was back and forth game for much of the night in a matchup that featured numerous lead changes. The Beavers hung tough with the Wildcats for the majority of the evening, but UA was able to pull away in overtime as emotions ran rampant towards the end.

The Wildcats were able to win this game from the outside as their top three scorers for the evening are also three of Arizona's best shooters. The ability to knock down shots from deep proved to be crucial in a game that could have gone either way. Connecting on over 50 percent of its shots from deep, UA was able to counter anything the Beavers threw at it throughout the entire 48 minutes.

  • Arizona shot 54.5 percent (12-22) from behind the three-point line. Shooting at such a high rate from deep proved to be the difference for the Wildcats. They had difficulty establishing anything on offense in the paint, so knocking down shots from long range was essential and UA was able to come through.

  • Kyle Fogg led all scorers with 23 points as he went 7-for-17 from the floor. The senior was able to make an impact from three-point range, connecting on three out of eight attempts from beyond the arc. Fogg also did his job from the charity stripe, making all six of his attempts from the free throw line.

  • Nick Johnson had another big night for the Wildcats. The freshman finished the evening with 19 points on 5-for-10 shooting; including 3-for-4 from three-point land. Johnson continues to show growth as a player and has proven to be one of Arizona's more reliable scorers.

  • Brendon Lavender had a big night off the bench for Arizona. The senior finished with 18 points in 19 minutes on 6-for-7 shooting. He did the majority of his damage from long range, connecting on five out of six attempts from long range.

  • Solomon Hill didn't make much of an impact in the scoring department, but was able to make an impact in other ways as usual. The junior concluded the game with just four points, but grabbed eight rebounds, dished out five assists, blocked one shot and collected one steal. Despite the lack of a large scoring output, Hill played an important role in the victory by contributing in other crucial areas on both ends of the floor.

  • UA did a solid job defending Oregon State's shot attempts. The Beavers' shooting percentage stood at a mere 39.7 percent at the end of the game and struggled from the outside for much of the evening.

  • Meanwhile, Arizona shot a respectable 47.1 percent from the field and that was mostly due to the team's success from beyond the arc. If Arizona can find a way to consistently shoot at a high rate from three-point range, it will be a very difficult squad for any Pac-12 team to beat.

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