Arizona was able to defeat Oral Roberts on Tuesday night. Read on for a much closer look at why the Wildcats dominated the game.
was never in any danger of a letdown in Tuesday night‘s contest at McKale Center as the Wildcats were able to defeat Oral Roberts 89-64. After coming up with its biggest victory in the early going of the 2012-13 season over Florida, UA was able to dominate the Golden Eagles from the first few minutes of the game and never let them back in the contest.
The win moves the Wildcats' perfect record to 9-0 on the season. With five players in double figures, Arizona put together one of its most balanced attacks through nine games and showed that there are several players capable of contributing in the scoring department on any given night.
Mark Lyons led the way again with 17 points. The senior shot efficiently, going 6-for-10 from the floor, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. Lyons' scoring ability has been one of the biggest reasons for Arizona's hot start as he has reached double figures in seven of nine games thus far. While his scoring was impressive as well as important, Lyons also played the role of facilitator on Tuesday by dishing out a season high seven assists.
Guard Nick Johnson had another strong all-around outing. The sophomore finished with 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting, but his contributions in other areas stood out just as well. Johnson dished out three assists and grabbed three rebounds, but it's his defense that continues to garner more attention as he collected four steals once again.
Tuesday's affair was the fourth straight contest and fifth in six games where Johnson recorded four steals or more and his on-ball pressure combined with his ability to play passing lanes continues to disrupt opposing offenses.
Senior leadership continues to be a driving force to the Wildcats 2012-13 campaign and forward Solomon Hill is one of the primary factors in the equation. Hill finished Tuesday night's contest with one of his best showings of the season.
The forward knocked down four out of eight shot attempts for 12 points, but his six rebounds, five assists and season-high six steals were just as essential as his scoring. Hill has consistently been one of the Wildcats better all-around ball players since his arrival and his performance against Oral Roberts was more evidence of that.
Freshman Brandon Ashley reached double figures with 14 points while grabbing six rebounds and blocking three shots. His physical style of play continues to be a factor, especially in the paint, and he's a player that continues to grow little by little with each week that passes.
Grant Jerrett led all players off the bench with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting, including a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range. The freshman continues to be more assertive when it comes to shooting the ball and it was an effective approach against the Golden Eagles.
The Wildcats were never in danger of losing to Oral Roberts nor was the game really close at any point. UA used strong defense to hold the Golden Eagles to 38.3 percent shooting from the floor, including just 35.4 percent inside the arc.
Arizona used its size to disrupt Oral Roberts' offense close to the basket and it led to the Wildcats blocking eight shots as a team. Ashley and forward Angelo Chol had three blocks apiece while Hill swatted away two shots.
The rebounding department for UA continues to look several steps above where it was a season ago. The Wildcats controlled the glass, out-rebounding the Golden Eagles 37-27 while holding Oral Roberts to just seven second chance points.
Concluding with another reference of interior domination, Arizona outscored Oral Roberts in the paint 42-18. Arizona's freshman trio of big men combined to shoot 15-for-18 overall from the floor on their way to 37 points, with most of those successful field goal attempts coming around the basket.