Game Notes: Arizona vs. Colorado

Arizona was able to pull away from Colorado in the second half to come away with a 68-54 victory. Read on to find out who the player of the game was, the stat of the night, and more.

Arizona came out slow, but pulled away in the second half to secure a 68-54 victory over Colorado. Here’s a closer look at what happened:

Arizona Player of the Game:

Stanley Johnson – It was a career game for the freshman as he finished with 22 points, his highest total of the season. The freshman was phenomenal throughout the night, attacking the basket and staying aggressive. Johnson also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out three assists, two of which were to Elliott Pitts for three pointers.

Key Moments:

  • With the Wildcats trailing 4-9 early in the game, Elliott Pitts took a pass from Parker Jackson-Cartwright and drained a wide open three pointer. On the other end of the court, Pitts played stifling defense on Askia Booker as the shot clock ticked down to zero for a violation and turnover.

  • The Pitts three pointer started an 11-0 run for the Wildcats over a span of 3:11. Stanley Johnson capped the scoring surge with a steal in the open court and a strong flush at the rim to give Arizona a 15-9 lead.

  • With the Wildcats leading 61-49 and just under four minutes to go in the game, Wesley Gordon fouled out of the game for Colorado. The stoppage in play was just long enough to allow Askia Booker back into the game after he left with an ankle injury. Arizona added two free throws from Stanley Johnson and a three pointer from Elliott Pitts to seal the game for the Wildcats.

    Stat of the Night:

    13 - Arizona was able to dominate the glass throughout the night, 41-26. None were more important than the 13 offensive rebounds that the Wildcats were able to pull down. Those turned into 17 second chance points for Arizona and that was one of the biggest differences in the final scorecard.

    General Thoughts:

  • I called out Stanley Johnson after the Oregon State game and he certainly showed up to play against Colorado. Johnson still needs to play this aggressively on a consistent basis, but it was good to finally see a game where it all came together for him.

    Conversely, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson put together one of his poorest offensive performances in a Wildcat uniform, missing all three of his shots. To his credit, Hollis-Jefferson had a solid defensive effort, but the sophomore really needs to be a bigger part of the offense down the stretch if the Wildcats expect to compete for the Final Four.

  • Even with a 14 point win, something seemed off about the team. I can't quite put my finger on it, but the chemistry just didn't flow well throughout the game. Kaleb Tarczewski had some early foul trouble and Gabe York didn't play, but for most of the night there were moments that it felt like the Wildcats should have pulled away, but just couldn't make that extra play to put them over the top. It will be interesting to see how that plays out with the biggest home game of the season coming up on Saturday.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    ”We took care of the ball,” Sean Miller said. “I think we had some turnovers very late in the game when we were running the clock down. Through forty minutes at Oregon State we only had five turnovers and tonight we could have played with about five, so eighty minutes with ten turnovers.

    "There were times that we moved the ball well. Second chances were a part of that. For the most part, I think we created good shots for our team."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    ”Last game I was in foul trouble, so I felt like I was out of rhythm,” Stanley Johnson said. “I'm not really a selfish player, so if I feel like I can get other players shots when I'm out of rhythm, I'm going to do that. It wasn't that I wasn't open, but it was the best thing to do. When you sacrifice like that, it's how your team wins."

    "Today was a different day. I was a little more aggressive and took more shots today, but we all managed to win the game. It doesn't really matter to me how many points or rebounds I had."

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