A closer look: Cats over SDSU

Arizona started off a little sluggish but a second half run finished off the Aztecs. The Wildcats avoided their annual pre-Christmas swoon and defeated San Diego State for the second consecutive year.

PLAYER OF THE GAME
It was a tough decision, but we give the nod to Hassan Adams who had a team high 19 points. He made 3-of-5 three-pointers and was 8-13 overall. He also had 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Arguments could be made for Channing Frye (15 pts, 9 rebs, 4 blocks), Andre Iguodala (10 pts, 12 rebs, 5 assts) and Chris Rodgers (17 pts, 2 stls).

PLAY OF THE GAME
Chris Rodgers' mid-range, baseline jumper beats the halftime buzzer and gives the Cats a 10-point lead at the break.

TURNING POINT
Arizona went on a 15-0 run in the second half to put SDSU away.

SO CLOSE
Adams and Iguodala finished with double-doubles, while Channing Frye finished one-rebound short.

CAREER HIGH
Fil Torres' four points and one rebound were both career highs. Hassan Adams' 11 rebounds surpassed the career-high 10 he had against Texas. Chris Rodgers tied a career high. His 17 points matches the total against Florida.

EARLY PLAYING TIME
Ryan O'Hara saw one minute of playing time in the first half, his first non-garbage time of the year. He passed up a three-point opportunity and had no stats.

WELCOME
Ivan Radenovic suited up with the Wildcats for the first time, but was not able to play due to an NCAA mandated one-game suspension.

SWAT TEAM
Arizona had seven blocks in the first half, but finished the game with just eight.

BUCKING THE TREND
Coming into the game SDSU was 7-1 when they force more turnovers than they commit. They had the advantage 19-13, but lost the game.

CHAMPIONSHIP COACHES
The meeting between Lute Olson and Steve Fisher is just one of 10 meetings nationwide this season between coaches with national titles.

MAYBE THEY MISSED ‘THE DISTRICT'
In the San Diego State press release it compares the two schools on a number of categories. Under performers it lists Marion "Mrs. Cunningham" Ross for SDSU and Gary Shandling for Arizona. I guess they hadn't heard of Greg Kinnear or Craig T. Nelson. IT PAYS TO WHINE
Early in the first half Steve Fisher got all over the refs after a call seemingly went his way. Andre Iguodala was called for an offensive foul, but for some reason Fisher rode the officials for a few minutes. Whatever he said worked, Iguodala picked up a ticky-tac foul on the ensuing possession.

FAST START
Channing Frye scored eight of the Wildcats' first 11 points.

FACES IN THE CROWD
A couple of old familiar faces were in attendance. Former Wildcat Kevin Flanagan and his TV analyst wife Alex had nice seats near the Wildcat bench. Also in the crowd was Bill Walton, father of SDSU's Chris Walton. It was strange to see Bill in McKale not rooting for the Wildcats.

THE SERIES
Arizona now leads the series 17-5. They are 177-131 against teams that now make up the Mountain West Conference.

THE TIES THAT BIND
Two players on the Aztecs have ties to the Arizona program. Injured guard Travis Hanour played one season for the Wildcats before transferring to San Diego State. Starting forward Chris Walton is the brother of former Wildcat Luke Walton.

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