Postgame Analysis: Washington State

The Arizona Wildcats defeated the Washington State Cougars. Arizona came away with a fourteen point victory. Read on for an analysis of what happened, including who the player of the game was.

The Arizona Wildcats completed a sweep of the Washington schools on Saturday night. Arizona defeated Washington State 79-65 . Here's an analysis of what happened:

Player of the Game:

Solomon Hill – The senior played one of the best offensive halves he has played all season. In the first half, Hill scored eighteen points, giving his team an early lead. He hit six long balls in the half, tying an Arizona record for three-pointers in a half.

Key Moments:

  • With nine minutes gone by in the game, Kevin Parrom was given a push underneath the basket and immediately retaliated with a blow to DaVonte Lacy's face. Parrom was ejected from the game. Washington State only made one of two free throws and turned the ball over on the ensuing possession. Brandon Ashley was intentionally fouled, making two free throws and giving Arizona the ball back.

  • Hill launched a three quarter court shot at the halftime buzzer. The shot banked off the glass and into the basket as the horn sounded. It pushed the lead to sixteen points halfway through the game and allowed the Wildcats to slow down the rest of the night.

  • Washington State attempted to press with two minutes left in the game. Mark Lyons broke out of a double team, passing to Hill at half court. The ball ended up in Nick Johnson's hands for an uncontested dunk. Arizona coasted to the victory from that point on.

    General Thoughts:

    For most of the game, Arizona had a great overall performance. From the starting tip, there was really never a doubt that the Wildcats were in control of the game. Hill helped the team take over early and get a solid lead.

    There were minor negatives in the game, specifically the foul trouble and Parrom's ejection. Arizona played a majority of the second half with three players in foul trouble. Brandon Ashley eventually fouled out of the game, but Kaleb Tarczewski and Lyons missed playing time in the second half that could have been critical in a closer game.

    Parrom also missed almost the entire game after his incident with Lacy. He has been a crucial player in multiple games over the course of the season and if the game had been closer, his absence would have hurt the Wildcats.

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "I hit my first two shots and every time I shot I thought I was going to make it," Hill said. "So when I got space, I let it go. Even when I missed, it felt good."

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "To be able to move forward and get a win says a lot about our team," Miller said. "It says a lot about Solomon Hill. I believe he is one of the best players in college basketball."

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