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.
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.
"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."