Player Of The Game
Jason Washburn was probably the best player on the floor for 40 minutes. The 6-10 junior had 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. He also had a pair of blocks and did a good job keeping balls alive.
Solomon Hill was Arizona's MVP.
Arizona Player Of The Game
Solomon Hill carried Arizona for much of the second half. He finished the game with 19 points and six boards. He did turn the ball over three times. Hill was 6-7 from the field, 3-3 from behind the arc and 4-4 at the line.
Up just one, Mark Lyons hits both foul shots to put Arizona up three, meaning Utah could, at best, only tie the game. Lyons, who struggled for much of the game, once again came up big in the final minute of the game.
Play Of The Game
Arizona was instructed to foul before Utah could take the final shot, but failed to do so and the Utes got a clean look at a game tying three.
Arizona’s starting guards were just 5-22 from the field and 2-9 from behind the arc. It gets worse if you add Jordin Mayes, add Mayes’ 0-3 then the Cats’ guards were 5-25 and 2-12.
Arizona committed just nine turnover in the game and just 13 in 45 minutes against Colorado.
Arizona had 18 offensive rebounds, but just 10 second chance points. Conversely, Utah had eight offensive rebounds, and 11 second chance points. Kaleb Tarczewski had seven offensive rebounds, but just two second chance points.
On a positive not Arizona had 11 points off of 11 Utah turnovers. Utah had just two points off of Arizona’s nine turnovers.
Brandon Ashley scored the Wildcats' first seven points. Unfortunately for Ashley, he struggled on defense and played just six minutes in the second half. He finished with 11 points on 5-7 shooting.
An Arizona guard did not score until 6:27 left in the first half when Mark Lyons hit a straight on three.
Arizona went scoreless over the final 4:52, but Utah only scored three points over that stretch. In fact, they scored just seven points over the final 11:11.