Postgame Analysis: San Diego State

The Arizona Wildcats won the Diamond Head Classic with a thrilling victory over San Diego State. Read on to find out who were the co-players of the game, which plays helped Arizona win, and more.

Co-Players of the Game:

#44 Solomon Hill – The senior played one of his best games of the season. He was aggressive on the offensive end and played lockdown defense on Jamaal Franklin, holding the Aztec's leading scorer to just nine points. Hill finished with game-high 21 points, along with six rebounds and three assists.

#3 Kevin Parrom – Working with Hill to lead the Wildcats to victory, Parrom hit multiple big shots when his team was trying to claw its way back into the game. The senior was big for Arizona, scoring seventeen points, grabbing five rebounds, and dishing out two assists.

Key Moments:

  • Arizona had a five-point lead heading into the final two minutes of the first half. Forty seconds later, Chase Tapley hit a runner in the lane and picked up the foul to complete the three-point play. It cut the Arizona lead to two at halftime after both team failed to score in the final minute.

  • San Diego State opened the second half on an 8-0 run that turned into a 14-4 run in the first four minutes. It gave the Aztecs an eight-point lead and forced Sean Miller to use a timeout in order to get things under control.

  • After missing three of his first five free throws, Hill hit two free throws midway through the second half to give Arizona the lead for the first time since losing it.

  • The Wildcats took the final lead with 13.1 seconds remaining on two Mark Lyons free throws. Chase Tapley curled around a screen and had an open lane to the basket. He took a little too much time and Nick Johnson caught him from behind and swatted his layup off the backboard. Parrom corralled the ball in the corner and the Wildcats remained undefeated.

    General Thoughts:

    Arizona had spurts of the game in which it looked like it was going to be impossible to win. However, it has been a model this year that the Wildcats have stepped up big when they needed to in order to get the win. Just like the game against Florida, the experienced players became clutch in the most needful moments, showing a quality that great teams often have.

    The Aztecs out-rebounded the Wildcats 32-29, but turned the ball over nearly twice as many times. Arizona had just eight turnovers on the night, which is well below Sean Miller's preferred amount. However, the reason the game was so close was due to Arizona's lack of aggressive offense. The Wildcats were finding success attacking the basket, but often settled for a long jumper instead of taking it inside.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "It took two great plays on both offense and defense to secure the win," Miller said. "And we made both of them."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "It was very intense," Johnson said. "They're the No. 17 team in the country. We knew they were a good team coming in. We knew we would have to give it our all and stay in the game plan and in the end, it came up big."

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