Notebook: Arizona vs. UCLA

Arizona came up with a huge win over UCLA on Thursday. read on for a notebook on what the difference in the game was.

Arizona opened the Pac-12 Tournament with a much needed 66-58 victory over UCLA to advance to the semi-finals where it will face Oregon State. The Wildcats out-muscled the Bruins for 40 minutes and kept UCLA in foul trouble throughout the second half. The loss ends a rocky season for the Bruins, who have faced their fair share of adversity over the course of their entire season.

UA took care of business at the foul line, an area where it has been inconsistent throughout the 2011-12 campaign. Foul shooting and strong defense ultimately permitted the Wildcats to prevail as they took advantage of the majority of their opportunity from the charity stripe.

  • Arizona connected on 31 out of 36 attempts (86.1 percent) from the foul line on Thursday evening. The Wildcats really took advantage of their free throw opportunities in the second half, where they went 24-for-27. The physical brand of basketball that Arizona played led to many more free throw attempts and allowed the Wildcats to hold a 21 point advantage from the line.

  • Solomon Hill came through with one of his best performances of the season. The junior scored 25 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and collected three steals. Hill was one of the players who happened to do the majority of his scoring damage from the foul line, where he went 12-for-14. He also made an impact from deep, connecting on three out of six attempts from behind the three-point line.

  • Jesse Perry combined with Hill to control the paint for much of the night. The effort of the two put several UCLA players in foul trouble and they took care of business on the offensive end of the floor. Perry finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds and played a big roll from the foul line, where he connected on 12 out of 13 free throw attempts.

  • Kyle Fogg was the only other player to reach double figures for Arizona. The senior concluded the game with 13 points on 4-for-9 shooting, including 2-for-3 from three-point range. Fogg also played tough defense as he helped hold Tyler Lamb and Lazeric Jones to a combined 7-for-22 from the floor.

  • The Wildcats won despite committing 17 turnovers and shooting just 34.9 percent from the field. Arizona's shortcomings on the offensive end of the floor were overcome by tough rebounding and accurate foul shooting.

  • The Wildcats were at a size disadvantage as always, but still dominated the glass as Arizona out-rebounded UCLA 37 to 28.

  • UA's shot defense was on point as it blocked six shots as a team. Leading the way was one of the team's smallest players, guard Nick Johnson, who swatted away four shots.

  • The victory comes despite the suspension of starting point guard Josiah Turner. Now with Oregon State on Friday's slate, UA must find a way to win another important game without one of its most vital contributors.

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