Notebook: Arizona vs. Utah

The Wildcats were impressive in a victory over Utah on Thursday night. Read on for a closer look at why the Wildcats were able to come up with the win.

Arizona received a battle from Utah in the first half as the Utes were able to keep the game relatively close, but the Wildcats went on a 20-2 run early in the second half to blow the game open. UA won the game in convincing fashion 77-51 to move to 4-2 in conference play. The loss drops the Utes to 1-5 against the Pac-12.

UA did the majority of its damage without junior forward Solomon Hill, who was ejected after a flagrant foul early in the second half. Without Hill, the Wildcats picked up their offensive tempo and widened their margin quickly. Arizona kept attacking the rest of the way and continued to extend its lead. Several players stepped up when Hill left the game, which proved to be crucial in UA's victory.

  • Kevin Parrom picked up the slack in Hill's absence, scoring 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including 3-for-5 from behind the three-point line. The junior played a solid, all-around 19 minutes off the bench, adding four rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. It was a good sign for Parrom, who has been struggling all year. If he can use this game as a spring-board for the rest of his season, Parrom could bring a much needed boost off the UA bench for the remainder of the campaign.

  • Kyle Fogg tied Parrom with a team-high 12 points on 4-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. Fogg also distributed the ball well, dishing out six assists without committing a single turnover. It was a nice turnaround for the senior, who struggled at home against Oregon last Saturday, going 1-for-9 from the floor in that game.

  • Nick Johnson had a strong performance for the Wildcats, scoring 11 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out three assists. Johnson provided a nice offensive spark for UA from deep, connecting on three out of four attempts from three-point range. Johnson was one of several Wildcats to connect with efficiency from beyond the arc and the Utes had no response on their end of the floor.

  • Josiah Turner had a solid 10 point performance for Arizona. The freshman looked to push the ball on a consistent basis and helped keep the Wildcats' offense moving at a fast pace. Turner showed a higher level of efficiency with the ball in his hand than what fans have grown accustomed to this season. He finished the night with just one turnover in 25 minutes.

  • Arizona dominated the boards, out-rebounding Utah 36-to-25 for the game. Forward Jesse Perry collected a game-high 10 rebounds to help lead UA. The Wildcats controlled the glass for the majority of the contest and helped the team overcome a first half shooting percentage of 38.

  • The Wildcats picked up their defense in the second half. Utah shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half, but Arizona's smothering second half defense helped reduce the Utes to 40.4 percent shooting for the contest. Meanwhile – after shooting just 38 percent in the first half – UA shot the ball very well over the final 20 minutes, increasing the team's shooting percentage to 46.6 for the night.

  • Arizona's three-point shooting was one of the keys on Thursday night. The Wildcats shot 12-for-24 from long range with four players connecting from three-point range more than one time.

  • UA did a better job of taking care of the ball than Utah. The Wildcats committed just nine turnovers while forcing Utah in 16 of its own. UA's strong defensive play in the second half led to several mishaps by the Utes and allowed the Wildcats to run away with the game.

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