Notebook: Arizona vs. Colorado

Arizona was unable to beat Colorado on the road on Saturday. Read on for a closer look at why.

Arizona battled with Colorado for 40 minutes on Saturday but ultimately came up short as the Wildcats fell to the Buffaloes 64-63. UA had a shot to win on the final possession, but struggled to get a shot off and Kevin Parrom air-balled a desperation three-point shot as time was running out. The defeat drops UA to 4-3 in conference play while CU improves to 5-2 against the Pac-12.

The Wildcats held an advantage for much of the first half, but the offense struggled mightily in the second half and Colorado took advantage. Arizona managed to keep the game close until the end, but CU's effort proved to be a little too much for the Wildcats to handle. The Buffaloes were a much more efficient shooting team on Saturday and that proved to be the difference in the contest.

  • UA's poor shooting is the primary reason it lost at Colorado on Saturday. The Wildcats shot just 34.5 percent from the game and connected on just three out of 20 attempts from beyond the arc. The shooting off the bench really hurt Arizona as the second unit combined to go 3-for-14 from the floor and missed all eight of their three-point shots. The Buffaloes didn't shoot very well either, but they were just good enough to pull off the victory.

  • The loss spoiled a couple of double-doubles for Arizona. Jesse Perry scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out three assists. Perry did a good job in the paint and provided UA with someone it could count in the paint on throughout the evening.

  • Solomon Hill produced the other double-double. The junior scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked a pair of shots in the losing effort.

  • Kyle Fogg added 16 points, but went only 3-for-12 from the floor and just 2-for-7 from three-point land. Fogg did most of his damage on offense from the foul line, connecting on eight of nine free throw attempts. The one miss, however, proved to be costly as Fogg failed to connect on the front end of a one-and-one that would have tied the game up in the final minute.

  • Josiah Turner did a good job again of pushing the tempo and keeping UA's offense in some form of flow with him on the floor. The freshman scored nine points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists on the evening. Turner continues to get more comfortable as the season progresses and the Wildcats are going to need for that to continue if they want to turn this season around.

  • Arizona's defense only forced Colorado into committing six turnovers on the evening. The Buffaloes' ball control proved to be very efficient and prevented the Wildcats from getting into too many fast break opportunities.

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