Arizona's second half rally fell short in a 70-64 loss to Utah. Here's a closer look at what happened:
Player of the Game:
Allonzo Trier - The freshman put his team on his back for a majority of the game, scoring 24 points in the game, including several clutch shots during the comeback. Trier also added three rebounds and an assist in the loss. The freshman was unable to connect late in the game and the Wildcats came up short.
* Late in the first half, Utah started to pull away and it all started with momentum. Leading 21-19 the Utes got baskets from Dakarai Tucker, Brekkott Chapman, and Jakob Poeltl to extend the lead to eight. Arizona was able to get some points back, but another flurry from Brandon Taylor and Chapman pushed the Utah lead to 31-22
* Arizona came out of the locker room on fire. The Wildcats trailed by 11 at halftime, but went on a 12-0 run early on out of the break to take the lead. A 15-footer from Gabe York gave the Wildcats a one-point lead before Poeltl ended the run, but York answered with a three-pointer to grab the lead back once again.
* The Wildcats and Utes battled back and forth, trading runs and baskets and building up to a tight final few minutes. The final turning point of the game came with just under a minute to go. After an offensive rebound, Taylor created some space and buried a three pointer to give Utah a five point lead that would not relinquish.
Stat of the Game:
2:37 - While Arizona battled back and held the lead late in the game, the Wildcats went scoreless in the final two minutes and 37 seconds. During that time, Utah went on a 7-0 run to close out the game. Arizona had two turnovers and went 0-3 from the field during the stretch.
"Coming out into the second half, we were much more assertive and aggressive," Miller said. "We were a better team in the second half, no doubt."