Notebook: Arizona vs. Oregon

Arizona lost to Oregon on Saturday afternoon. Read on for a closer look at why the Ducks were able to come up with the win.

Despite a valiant second half comeback by Arizona, the Oregon Ducks came away victorious at McKale Center as they defeated the Wildcats 59-57 on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops UA to 3-2 in conference play while Oregon improved to 4-2 against the Pac-12.

Arizona fell behind by 17 points early in the second half, but battled back and eventually took a lead late in the second half. Unfortunately for UA, the Ducks continued to battle and Arizona lost its momentum at the end. UO came away with a two-point victory as the Wildcats failed to come up with a basket on their final possession.

  • Solomon Hill led the way for Arizona, scoring 16 points, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out a pair of assists, coming up with two steals and blocking a shot. The junior helped spark the Wildcats big second half run, coming up with several big three-point shots and baskets in the paint. UA's offense was stagnant for much of the game up until the point Hill took over.

  • Josiah Turner was the only other Wildcat to reach double figures with 11 points on 4-for-11 shooting. Turner also grabbed three rebounds and collected two steals as he continues to play tough defense along the perimeter. The freshman was also very instrumental in the Wildcats' big run, coming up with several key baskets and playing tough man defense along the perimeter.

  • Arizona struggled shooting the basketball, shooting 41.3 percent from the floor overall. The Wildcats' below average shooting and mediocre free throw shooting prevented them from completing the comeback.

  • The Wildcats committed 15 turnovers with 10 of them coming in the first half. Arizona's sloppy ball-control led to its big deficit and created a too big of a hole to overcome. On the other end of the floor, UO did a much better job taking care of the ball, committing just 11 turnovers

  • Kyle Fogg had a rough night shooting the ball, going 1-for-9 from the field and coming up short on the final possession. The junior struggled getting good looks, but also fell short when he did.

  • Arizona's inability to get in a rhythm early on the offensive end of the floor once again came back to hurt it. UA has started slowly numerous times this season and has shown the ability to overcome its early shortcomings. That wasn't the case in this affair, as the Wildcats' ran out of gas in the final minutes.

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