Colorado defeated Arizona on Thursday night. Read on for news and notes on how the Wildcats could not defeat the Buffs.
Last time Arizona
met, a controversial end to regulation allowed the Wildcats to ultimately come away with an overtime victory at home.
The Buffaloes didn't allow their fate to be decided by the officials on Thursday night, however, as they redeemed themselves by winning convincingly over UA 71-58.
CU was in command for much of the game and while Arizona was able to keep the affair close for much of the first half, Colorado seemed to hold control throughout the contest.
Arizona struggled mightily on the offensive end of the floor while its defense always seemed a step behind the Colorado offense. The Buffaloes played efficiently on offense and shot the ball well from all over the floor. Combine that with UA's inability to find consistency within its offense and it led to a double-digit victory in favor of CU.
The Buffaloes shot 50 percent from the field as a team and did a solid job of locating open attempts. They shot particularly well from the outside, connecting on nine out of 17 from beyond the arc. CU reached a point where it didn't matter how UA defended, the Buffaloes were simply not going to be denied.
Arizona's key contributors fell short on Thursday night, whereas Colorado's thrived. Mark Lyons, Nick Johnson and Solomon Hill were out played by Spencer Dinwiddie, Xavier Johnson and Askia Booker, and that was one of the primary factors in Arizona's demise as the Wildcats' trio was outscored by Colorado's 50-32. Dinwiddie did the most damage down the stretch, scoring 19 of his 21 points in the second half.
Poor outside shooting doomed UA's chances on Thursday. The Wildcats shot just 5-for-19 from three-point range as they were unable to get anything going from beyond the arc. Arizona's seniors – Hill, Lyons and Kevin Parrom – combined to knock down just three of their 15 attempts from behind the three-point line.
For the fourth straight game, Johnson failed to reach double digits. The sophomore scored nine points and turned the ball over four times in 32 minutes of action. Johnson's lack of assertiveness lately has led to inconsistent success and the offense appears to be struggling in the process.
Only two players reached double-figures in scoring for the Wildcats: Hill and Lyons. Hill led the way with 12, while Lyons followed closely behind with 11. The duo may have been UA's leading scorers on the night, but they combined to shoot just 37.5 percent from the floor. Neither player could get in any rhythm and their rough shooting nights made it tough for the Wildcats to close the gap.