Notebook: Arizona vs. Stanford

Arizona was able to defeat Stanford on Saturday. Read on for a closer look at how the Wildcats were able to get it done.

Arizona completed a much-needed sweep in the Bay Area on Saturday afternoon as the Wildcats knocked off Stanford 56-43. The victory moves UA to 7-4 in conference play while the loss drops the Cardinal to 6-5 against the Pac-12.

The Wildcats struggled on offense for the majority of the contest, but played smothering defense for 40 minutes and were able to pull away at the end of the game. Although the team did experience its fair share of struggles on the offensive end of the floor, it saw several players step up at key points in the second half.

  • Arizona had four of its players reach double figures, led by Kyle Fogg's 14 points. The senior shot just 3-for-9 from the floor, but all three of those successful attempts were from beyond the arc. Fogg was also the most successful foul shooter on his team Saturday, connecting on five out of six attempts from the charity stripe.

  • Jesse Perry added 11 points on 4-for-10 shooting overall. The senior worked hard in the paint on both ends of the floor. He grabbed seven rebounds and made Stanford big man Josh Owens work hard for his points.

  • Solomon Hill reached double figures as well with 10 points on 3-for-7 shooting. Hill brought a lot of much-needed aggression to the floor in a game that would get stagnant for UA at times. His energy in the paint led to a game-high nine rebounds and his effort on the defensive end of the floor allowed him to come away with three steals.

  • Nick Johnson struggled shooting the ball once again, but made up for it with a couple of big plays around the basket in the second half. The freshman finished the game with 10 points on 4-for-9 shooting. Johnson didn't lack any effort on the defensive end of the floor as he grabbed six rebounds and blocked another shot near the basket.

  • Josiah Turner didn't do much in the scoring department, but he did a solid job of orchestrating the offense and contributing in other ways. The freshman grabbed seven rebounds, dished out three assists, collected three steals and blocked a shot. Turner may not have shot well, but he was a very important factor in Arizona's favor Saturday afternoon.

  • Angelo Chol's presence in the paint on the defensive end of the floor proved to be a problem for Stanford. The Cardinal didn't have much success near the basket with Chol on the court, as the freshman blocked a season-high four shots.

  • Arizona's struggles from the foul line continued against Stanford. The Wildcats shot just 60 percent (15-for-25) from the charity stripe and missed at least 10 free throws for the second straight contest.

  • UA shot poorly in the first half of play, but really found its way in the final 10 minutes of the game. After shooting 31 percent in the first half, the Wildcats finished at 38 percent and much of that increase was due to a 21-6 run UA made over the final nine minutes of play.

  • Arizona's impressive defense held the Cardinal to a mere 24.6 percent shooting for the game and prevented Stanford from getting into any kind of rhythm on offense. The Cardinal totaled just five assists as a team.

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