At halftime of Arizona 63-55 loss to Oregon State on Saturday, Arizona head coach Sean Miller made the observation that the Wildcats needed to play harder.
Unfortunately, they did not.
Arizona failed to ever get going and Oregon State controlled the game from the start, as the Beavers won in McKale for the first time in over 25 years.
Jamelle Horne finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds, but also could have had many more. However, there seemed to be numerous plays in which he was lost.
Horne has been struggling, so his final state line is definitely encouraging, but it is a bit disheartening to see him play better and receive no support.
One of the reasons he received little support is due to the fact that the defense struggled on the same plays all night.
Kyle Fogg got beat countless times on a back screen and every time Miller gave him a chance at redemption, he failed.
In fact, Arizona's back court as a whole failed. Nic Wise made one of eleven shots, including one of eight from behind the arc.
Wise has had one good game in the past few weeks and if the UA is going to get better, it needs bigger efforts from him.
With the loss, Arizona is in a bad position unless the unlikely happens and it wins out. However, there is still room for growth and that will likely be the main goal for the Wildcats now.
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