Arizona was unable to defeat Washington on Saturday. Read on for a closer look at why the Wildcats lost.
struggled mightily in the second half of Saturday's contest and it ultimately cost it as the Wildcats lost to Washington
69-67. The defeat drops UA to 5-4 in conference play while UW improves to 7-2.
It was a hard fought game until the end when Arizona ultimately came up short. The Wildcats held a three point advantage at halftime, but the Huskies picked up their defensive efforts and stifled UA in the middle of the second half. Washington held a double-digit advantage late before Arizona made a huge run at the end. Josiah Turner
drove to the basket for the tie as time was running out, but his shot was blocked and what appeared to be a clear foul was not called.
Junior Solomon Hill had a big game for the Wildcats. The forward finished the evening with a career high 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Hill came to play, especially on the offensive end of the floor. He shot a very efficient 9-for-10 from the floor and connected on eight of his nine attempts from the charity stripe.
Hill has been playing much better basketball of late and, despite Saturday's loss, his performance is encouraging. Arizona desperately needs a go to guy and Hill seems like he is attempting to emerge as that player.
Jesse Perry earned himself another double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The problem with the senior's performance was the fact that he only shot 3-of-14 from the field. Perry found trouble in the paint more than once and struggled putting the ball in the basket. His inability to convert on several chances underneath the basket put a huge dent in what could have been a very big night for the senior forward.
UA didn't get a similar output from its backcourt or wing players. Starters Nick Johnson, Josiah Turner and Kyle Fogg combined to shoot 6-for-17 from the floor and committed nine turnovers. Backup Jordin Mayes failed to score and Brendon Lavender added just two points.
Washington's bench completely outplayed UA's. The Huskies reserves combined for 19 points – 15 from C.J. Wilcox – on 8-for-16 from the floor. Unfortunately the Wildcats weren't quite as efficient as their backups combined to go 3-for-9 on the evening for a total of nine points.
UA did a good job defensively on freshman phenom Tony Wroten, but the guard hit a couple of big buckets down the stretch. He was just 5-for-18 overall, but 2-for-4 from long range including a 30-footer as the shot-clock expired. Wroten didn't shoot a high percentage but his timely shots proved to be big for UW.
UW did just slightly better in most statistical categories and it translated to a victory for the Huskies. They committed two less turnovers, grabbed one more rebound, dished out five more assists, shot a slightly higher percentage overall and were much more deadly from three-point land.