Going into Wednesday's game, Arizona knew that winning would be a difficult task.
However, it proved that it only needed one half to defeat a team that got its best players back for the game. Lorrenzo Wade and SDSU came into McKale Center as somewhat of a mismatch because of how deep the Aztecs are.
Jordan Hill quickly erased that advantage because SDSU simply had nobody thast could match up with him. In fact, he looked like one of the better players in the country, as Steve Fisher basically put his entire team on Hill, which still failed.
Hill finished with 25 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and six blocks. He hit jumpers that reminded you of Channing Frye and dominated the interior better than most that came before him.
Arizona obviously does not have many solid players beyond the big three. However, if Hill is scoring like this, Arizona is always going to be hard to beat. Kyle Fogg finished with nine points and many of them were because the defense was collapsing on Hill.
Of course, it does not hurt that Chase Budinger and Nic Wise played well. Budinger made the shots when he needed to and did what he always does. He may not have had a spectacular game, but the UA is not always going to need one in order to get a win.
Jamelle Horne deserves plenty of credit as well. The best players always step up late and while Horne was nowhere to be found early, he made the big shots at the end and you can't ask much more of him.
Arizona is looking better and better, which is a very good thing considering that Gonzaga is coming up next.
Big second half leads to victory
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