Postgame Analysis: UA vs. UTEP

Arizona was able to defeat UTEP on Thursday night. Read on for the player of the game, key moments, and much more.

Player of the Game:

#44 Solomon Hill – The senior leader as able to step up for the Wildcats in a game that was at times closer than the score suggests. Arizona needed Hill to separate himself from the rest of the team as a leader and he delivered. Even though he had three turnovers, Hill dished out four assists and led the team to victory.

Key Moments:

  • With five and a half minutes left in the first half, Hill drove towards the middle of the lane and spun towards the basket. A defender knocked the ball loose as he went up for the shot, but Angelo Chol was there to grab the floating ball and slam it home. It gave Arizona the first double digit lead of the night.

  • At the 13:45 mark in the second half, Hill ran baseline without the ball and popped out looking for a pass. Kevin Parrom gave Hill a hard chest pass, which led to an easy jumper. It gave Arizona a 48-33 lead.

  • After a 16-7 scoring run in favor of the Miners, the Wildcats came out of a timeout looking to score. Nick Johnson blew by two defenders and got a clean look at the basket. He laid it in, pushing Arizona's lead to ten, and the Wildcats never looked back.

    General Thoughts:

    Arizona followed up a poor rebounding performance with a masterful rebounding performance. The Wildcats out-rebounded UTEP 35-15. The Miners are one of the biggest teams that Arizona will face this season and this game showed why the height difference is actually meaningful.

    In addition, it is notable to highlight one of the negatives of the evening. Arizona committed 19 turnovers on the night, yet still managed to win by 21. The Wildcats made up for the turnovers by hitting nine out of eighteen three-pointers.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "I was proud of our team's effort on the glass," Sean Miller said. "Rebounding the ball 35-15 against a team that physical says a lot about our depth and height of our team. To me, that was the difference in the game."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "Everybody can contribute on any given night," Hill said. "It's not going to be two guys that go out there and get twenty. Everybody on our team is a player. Any given night, a guy can be good. Other guys are going to step up and that's how we play as a team."

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