A look back: Stanford

Arizona defeated Stanford on Wednesday night. Read on to take a look back at how the Wildcats got it done from its defense to the players that stood out.

After surviving another scare Wednesday night at McKale, the Arizona Wildcats were able to pick up their 20th win of the season and will continue to, at the very least, hold a share of first place in the Pac-12 heading in to the weekend.

UA's performance throughout the contest was on par with a lot of its previous efforts this season. Stanford stormed out to a 10-0 lead in the opening minutes, only to watch its lead dissolve in the second half.

It was a night where senior leadership was needed from Arizona's veterans and the most experienced Wildcats answered the call, especially down the stretch of the game. Those players were the primary reason UA was able to complete the comeback, but there were numerous other contribution factors in the process.

Senior leadership

The play of Solomon Hill, Mark Lyons and Kevin Parrom in the second half is what drove Arizona to victory. All three of the seniors stepped up their performances down the stretch and were able to put the rest of the team on their collective shoulders.

That sort of play is going to be essential going forward if the Wildcats want to make a deep tournament run. Hill's play has been consistently strong in recent weeks while Lyons' performance against the Cardinal was one of his better showings since joining the Arizona roster this past offseason.

Parrom's contributions mainly came in the final minutes of the game, but his impact was very important as it helped seal the victory. His effort on the boards went a long way as well, leading Arizona with nine rebounds.

Angelo Chol

Chol showed much promise as a freshman, but he has been in a sophomore slump for the majority of the season. With Grant Jerrett sitting out and Kaleb Tarczewski struggling early in the contest on Wednesday, Chol received a boost in playing time and performed relatively well in the process.

The big man came off the bench to score six points, grab eight rebounds and provide a solid defensive presence in the paint. Chol also brought a lot of energy to the floor and showed fluidity in his play that hasn't been seen this year.

Defense

Stanford shot just 37.9 percent from the floor, mainly because the Wildcats' defense hounded the Cardinal and put the clamps down in the second half. Over the final 20 minutes of play, Stanford shot below 30 percent overall and looked overwhelmed down the stretch.

Arizona seemed to take Stanford a bit more serious after halftime and made finding open shots a tough task for the Cardinal to accomplish in the second half.

Slow start, strong finish

UA has made a habit of falling behind big early, climbing out of the hole it fell in and then zooming past the opposition en route to victory. There are multiple ways to look at how the Wildcats have won games this year.

On one hand, slow starts could ultimately hinder their chances to win against elite teams, but on the other hand, the way Arizona has finished contests indicates that it has a good mental makeup and doesn't get discouraged when it falls behind early.

On Wednesday, Stanford scored the first ten points of the ballgame, but the Wildcats didn't flinch and gradually made up ground throughout the course of the contest. They have done the same thing against elite teams (i.e. Florida) and average alike, but UA has come out on top more often than not in those situations.


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