Arizona kept its postseason hopes alive with a win over Oregon State on Friday night. Read on for notes on how the Wildcats got it done.
kept its season alive by advancing to the Pac-12 Tournament finals with a 72-61 victory over Oregon State
on Friday. The Wildcats will play in Saturday's championship game with an opportunity to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
UA came out with an increased level of intensity in the second half and quickly erased a seven point halftime deficit. The Wildcats kept their play at a high level over the final 20 minutes and were able to keep OSU at a safe distance down the stretch. It was Arizona's upperclassmen that led the way once again as they helped extend the Wildcats season at least one more game.
Senior Kyle Fogg led the way with 22 points on 6-for-12 shooting, going 3-for-5 from behind the three-point line. Fogg also connected on seven out of nine free throw attempts to help his scoring efforts. Fogg had another strong performance on the glass, grabbing eight rebounds.
He was the igniter to the Wildcats' second half run, as he scored 17 points over the final 20 minutes and gave OSU fits on both ends of the floor.
Jesse Perry recorded another double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The senior shot 5-for-10 from the floor and 5-for-7 from the charity stripe in the winning effort. Perry brought the energy again and it helped him grab four of his rebounds on the offensive end of the floor.
Before fouling out midway through the second half, Solomon Hill was on his way to another strong performance, The junior concluded the evening with 12 points, three rebounds, three steals and a block in 27 minutes of action. Hill was forced out of action with five fouls with just a shade over five minutes to go in the game. Luckily for UA, other players picked up the slack in his absence and were able to hold off the Beavers.
Nick Johnson made the best of his opportunity at point guard in the absence of Josiah Turner. Although Jordin Mayes received the start, Johnson assumed the point guard duties throughout different portions of the contest. The freshman finished the evening with nine points, five assists, three rebounds, one block and one steal in 36 minutes of action.
Angelo Chol made his presence felt on the defensive end of the floor. In just 17 minutes of action, Chol blocked three shots and made OSU think twice about coming into the paint.
Arizona held Oregon State to just 37.7 percent shooting for the game. UA really clamped down in the second half, holding the Beavers to a dismal 27.3 percent shooting over the final 20 minutes of the ballgame.
The Wildcats were on point from long range, knocking down 50 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. Arizona shot 9-for-18 from three-point land, including an efficient 4-for-6 in the second half.