Arizona Player of the Game:
Aaron Gordon – The freshman was once considered a heavy lean towards Washington, but eventually suited up for Arizona. The Wildcat finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the contest with ten of those rebounds coming in the second half. He also added a block and a steal in what was a complete performance for the small forward, who had multiple big plays down the stretch to keep his team in it.
Stats of the Night:
26-17: In the first half, Arizona was out-rebounded by Washington 17-12. In the second half, the Wildcats came out fired up and immediately had a big impact on the glass. The home team won the battle of the boards in the second half 26-17.
30: After shooting 55-percent in the first half, Washington struggled with Arizona's defense in the second half. The Wildcats buckled down on and held the Huskies to just ten field goals on 33 shots, which included a goose egg of seven three-pointers in the half.
General Thoughts: Washington is a better team than most give it credit for being. It was a tough game for Arizona because Washington had the ability to score in bunches. The first half was a perfect example of how the Huskies can play when they are rolling. Lorenzo Romar has his team trending up right now and it was a tough battle for Arizona.
Even with the win, Arizona played from behind for a majority of the game. The team is playing with fire in those situations and it is just a matter of time before a slow start or a poor defensive half is going to bite it.
Playing on the road against UCLA is going to be a tremendous challenge for the Wildcats on Thursday. If Arizona has another first half like it did against UW, then it will be Arizona's first loss of the season.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"Nick is a veteran and a very talented player," Miller said. "We've seen him pit it all together here this year. He's a smart guy and does a lot of different things. Aaron had ten rebounds in the second half after only having one in the first. We challenged him at halftime to get ten rebounds and he did. That was a great effort by him."
"That's what good teams do," Johnson said. "We battled through adversity. They are a good team, their record may not show it, but they are good. There's a lot of familiarity within the conference and they have guys that can score. That makes the game more difficult. We knew that going into the game.
"We made our run and made shots when it counted. Offensive rebounding was big for us, hitting shots and running in transition. That's the attitude of our team, we won't give up."