Notebook: Arizona vs. UCLA

Arizona came up with a huge win over UCLA on Saturday. Read on for note on why the Wildcats were able to come up with the win.

Arizona survived a scare at home Saturday against UCLA, but the Wildcats ultimately defeated the Bruins 65-63 at McKale Center. UA was in a tight contest the entire 40 minutes and even trailed for a large portion of the second half. The Wildcats fought back, however, and were able to prevent UCLA from pulling off the upset.

On senior day, Arizona was led by its veterans in the final home game of the season. It was far from pretty, but in the end, UA's experience was able to guide the team to a big victory.

  • Kyle Fogg led the way with 20 points and once again came through with the extra effort on the glass by grabbing nine rebounds. The senior guard didn't shoot very well from the floor, 4-11 overall, but he made up for it by constantly drawing contact and earning 13 free throw attempts. Fogg also made a huge three in the final minutes that helped the Wildcats extend a lead that UCLA simply couldn't overcome.

  • Jesse Perry had a big game with 16 points and eight rebounds. Like Fogg, Perry didn't have the greatest day shooting, 4-9 overall, but did his damage at the charity stripe. The senior hit eight out of nine attempts from the foul line including several down the stretch in the second half.

  • Solomon Hill was the only other player to reach double figures with 13 points and he also grabbed four rebounds. The junior knocked down a couple of three point field goals as well and seemed to come through on the offensive end of the floor at the right times.

  • Arizona won the game despite poor overall shooting. As a team, the Wildcats combined to shoot 37.5 percent total. UA shot just 32 percent in the first half and still found itself with a lead at the break.

  • The Wildcats were actually outplayed in several areas of the game other than shooting. UA committed more turnovers, grabbed less rebounds and dished out less assists and still found itself on the winning end of this affair.

  • Arizona's assertiveness in the paint was the primary factor in the victory. UA's physical style of play allowed it to draw more fouls, which translated to more free throw attempts. UCLA committed nine more fouls than Arizona and it permitted the Wildcats to knock down 12 more free throws. In the end, Arizona's ability to coax the Bruins into so many fouls ended making all the difference

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