Arizona barely beat Utah on Saturday. Read on for news and notes on who stood out, what the difference in the game was, and more.
survived another late scare on Saturday afternoon - this time at the hands of Utah
- as the Wildcats defeated the Utes 60-57.
UA controlled the contest for much of the first 30 minutes, but Utah refused to quit and made the Wildcats sweat down the stretch. Arizona was able to fend off Utah and come away with the victory, but the Wildcats were given much more of a fight than they probably expected.
UA shot poorly from the floor, but was able to compensate by controlling the boards and taking care of the ball. Utah gave Arizona a scare, but like they have several times before, the Wildcats were able to prevail.
Solomon Hill led UA in scoring with 19 points and was one of only three players to shoot 50 percent or better from the floor. The forward connected on six out of seven field goal attempts and knocked down all three of his three-pointers.
The performance Hill put forward also produced six rebounds and a perfect night from the charity stripe, where he connected on all four of his free throw attempts.
Brandon Ashley was the only big man on the UA roster to produce an efficient offensive performance. The freshman went 5-for-7 from the floor and knocked down his only attempt from three-point range on his way to an 11 point night afternoon. Ashley also grabbed four rebounds in the win, giving the Wildcats a quality performance inside.
Mark Lyons was the only other Wildcat to reach double-figures as he concluded the contest with 12 points. Lyons struggled shooting the ball, connecting on just three out of 14 shot attempts and just one out of six from beyond the arc.
Lyons made up for his poor shooting night by knocking down five out of six free throws and leading his team in assists with four. While the senior did struggle with his shot, he still was able to contribute to the victory in a positive manner.
It was another strong night off the bench for Kevin Parrom. While the senior put up just seven points, he was the only non-starter to score and he finished second on the team in rebounds with eight.
Parrom continued to play strong on the defensive end of the floor as well by coming up with pair of steals. His production continues to be crucial for UA, as he has maintained his status as one of the nation's best sixth men.
The Wildcats held a huge advantage over Utah on the glass. UA out-rebounded Utah 38-27 and grabbed 18 of those 38 boards on the offensive end. Freshman Kaleb Tarczewski led the way with nine rebounds as he and the rest of the freshman post players continue to provide a huge boost in the paint that Arizona simply did not possess a season ago.
The Wildcats have struggled at times with taking care of the ball this season, but they did an admirable job of avoiding turnovers against the Utes. Arizona coughed up possession just nine times, while Utah found it tough to capitalize as it came away with just two points off of turnovers.