Arizona was able to defeat Stanford on Wednesday. Read on for news and notes on how the Wildcats got it done.
survived another scare on its home floor Wednesday night. Stanford
came into McKale Center a week removed from a big upset victory over then-undefeated Oregon and looked ready to pull off the same feat against the Wildcats.
In the end, UA -- in typical fashion -- was able to come from behind and avoid an upset as the Wildcats defeated Stanford 73-66.
The Cardinal led for the majority of the affair, but they were unable to hold off Arizona for the full 40 minutes. The Wildcats have been able to turn it up a notch down the stretch of games often this season and Wednesday's affair was no different. Thanks to some solid senior leadership late in the second half, UA was able to pull off the victory and move to 8-2 in conference play.
Mark Lyons had one of his best overall nights as a Wildcat. His all-around play really helped his team stay in the game and ultimately come up with the victory.
The senior finished with a season-high 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting and added six assists in the winning effort. Playing consistently well throughout the affair, Lyons was just one of two players to reach double figures for Arizona. He also played solid defense and was able to collect two steals in the process.
Solomon Hill was the only other player on the UA roster to reach double digits, finishing with 23 points on 7-for-13 from the floor. Hill's impact was huge in the second half when he was able to score 15 of his points and hit several key shots down the stretch. His dunk with 1:08 left on the game is what seemed to put the nail in Stanford's coffin on Wednesday night.
Kevin Parrom played 32 minutes off the bench and while he only scored eight points all game, five of those came in the final two minutes of the contest. Parrom's impact went beyond scoring in the final minutes, however, as he grabbed a team-best nine rebounds and dished out three assists.
The impact Arizona's bench made against Stanford was one of the primary reasons it was able to pull off the comeback and Parrom's performance led the charge.
Sophomore Angelo Chol came off the bench and put together one of his best outings of the season. In 24 minutes of action, Chol scored six points, grabbed eight rebounds and played physical defensively. Chol has been inconsistent in his second season of college basketball, but Wednesday's performance was crucial for UA and it's something that Arizona fans hope to see more of going forward.
Stanford's offense more than held its own in the first half, but UA's defense clamped down and proved to be too much for the Cardinal to handle in the long run. Shooting just 37.9 percent from the floor in the ball game, Stanford found it difficult to locate quality shots on a consistent basis and failed to hold onto its lead because of it.
After a relatively strong first half shooting the ball, the Cardinal connected on just 29.4 percent of their field goals in the second half and knocked down just eight field goals in the final 20 minutes.
The pressure defense Arizona played also led to several miscues by the Cardinal offense. While Stanford turned the ball over a mere 10 times, six of those were due to UA defenders coming away with six steals on the night.
Arizona's big men struggled to score throughout the night, but the Wildcats still outscored Stanford 32-18 in the paint. Both Lyons and Hill were able to get to the basket often and cause problems for Stanford's interior defense.
While 6-foot-10 forward Dwight Powell scored 24 points, a good portion of those came from outside of the paint and the Cardinal could find no one else to take the pressure off Powell close to the basket.