Postgame Analysis: Washington

The Arizona Wildcats defeated the Washington Huskies 57-53 on the road Thursday night. It was Arizona's first win at Hec Ed Pavilion in over five years. Read on for an analysis of the game.

The Arizona Wildcats ended a five-game losing streak in Hec Ed Pavilion on Thursday night. Arizona won a hard fought game 57-53 over Washington. Here's an analysis of what happened:

Player of the Game:

Kaleb Tarczewski – Despite fouling out, Tarczewski was by far the most dominant player for Arizona on Thursday night. The seven-footer finished with ten points and eight rebounds. Throughout the game, he showed flashes of his potential, getting Shawn Kemp Jr. in foul trouble. In addition, he hit six of his seven free throw attempts.

Key Moments:

  • Arizona trailed early in the game after a slow start. The Wildcats were losing 16-5 seven minutes into the game and all signs showed that Washington was going to pull away. That was when Tarczewski decided to pull his team back. He had nine of his ten points during a 18-6 run that spanned the next eight minutes, giving Arizona a one-point edge.

  • With time winding down in the game, Arizona hung to a two-point lead with thirty seconds left. Abdul Gaddy brought the ball down the court and threw an alley-oop that soared and bounced off the backboard.

  • Nick Johnson grabbed the erroneous pass from Gaddy and began streaking down the court. He was fouled and went to the free throw line where he had just missed one of his two foul shots. Johnson made both and sealed the game for the Wildcats, giving them a four-point lead.

    General Thoughts:

    This game was about as ugly as it gets in terms of basketball. A combined 34 turnovers and 4-30 from beyond the arc is just bad basketball. Arizona, by no means, played a good game against Washington, although there were some bright points.

    Arizona was able to come away with the win due mostly to superior defense and rebounding. The Wildcats were able to hold the Huskies to just a single three-pointer all night. In addition, Arizona out-rebounded Washington on the offensive glass by two and overall by one.

    Keep in mind that Arizona did all of this with poor performances from Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill. Both had flashes of their normal selves in the game, but combined for just twenty points on 10-26 shooting and 0-8 from long range. It wasn't a normal night for either of them.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "To win on the road when you don't play offense well or have a half like we did, I think is a telling sign that hopefully our future is filled with some good moments," Sean Miller said.

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "We have to learn to trust each other," Solomon Hill said. "It was a factor of wearing them down in the second half and playing together and that's when we started getting easy ones and Nick made a bunch of defensive stops and we just stayed with them."

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