Wildcats rebounded from their first loss of the season with an 80-70 victory over the Oregon State
Beavers. It pushes Arizona's record to 15-1 on the season and 3-1 in conference play. Here's an analysis of what happened:
Arizona Player of the Game:
#44 Solomon Hill – Plenty of Arizona players played well throughout the game, but the most impactful was Solomon Hill. The senior was the best player on the court all night long, finishing with 16 points and 6 rebounds, but he also made an impact on defense. Hill struggled early, picking up two quick fouls, but played through it and helped keep several Beavers from getting on a roll, including Devon Collier.
With Arizona leading by just a single point and halftime nearing, Nick Johnson made two free throws, followed by a Hill deep ball. Oregon State got a pair of free throws from Collier, but the Wildcats answered with back-to-back buckets by Jordin Mayes and Johnson, giving them a 43-35 lead.
The Wildcats started the second half with a 14-6 run that extended an eight-point halftime lead. It was capped off with a Grant Jerrett long ball seven minutes into the half. It gave Arizona a fourteen point lead and the game was never really in doubt after that.
Arizona rebounded from its first loss of the season well. Overall, the game was played with more effort and hustle than the previous few weeks. Freshmen big men Brandon Ashley and Jerrett played a big part in the victory, combining for twenty points and twelve rebounds with Jerrett also having six big blocks.
One of the biggest things that Arizona improved on in this win against Oregon State is offensive flow. The Wildcats scored efficiently enough throughout the night that the most unanswered points that the Beavers had was five. It had been a problem for Arizona in the past few weeks where there were spans in which it failed to score for long periods of time.
While it was a better game, there are still things that need to be worked on. Arizona committed 22 fouls in the game, although no one fouled out. It gave Oregon State 26 free throw attempts, which could've been vital if the Beavers made more of them.
In addition, the Wildcats had sixteen turnovers, often playing too fast and sloppy. Those are two things that they need to take care of in the coming weeks.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"One of the things we didn't do in the last three games was defend," Miller said. "So it was good to see that in this one."
"As a team, we didn't let that (loss) affect us," guard Mark Lyons said of the Oregon game. "One loss isn't going to hurt us, unless it's in March."
The Arizona Wildcats defeated the Oregon State Beavers 80-70 in Corvallis on Saturday night. The Wildcats were able to bounce back from their first loss of the season. Read on to find out who the player of the game was, which moments were key, and more.