Arizona easily defeated Chico State on Tuesday. Read on for a closer look at how the UA got it done.
In its last test before the games count, Arizona
jumped out to a big lead early and coasted to a 98-60 victory over Chico State. The last warm-up was a success as the Wildcats didn't struggle much with CSUC. UA was led by its veterans and the young freshmen received plenty of action in the contest.
The real season hasn't begun quite yet, but Arizona already looks like a much smoother basketball team than it did at any point last season and the mixture of talent, depth and experience appears to have UA destined for big things in the upcoming campaign.
Mark Lyons is going to make quite a bit of fans if he repeats performances like the one from Tuesday evening. The senior finished the night with 20 points and shot the ball extremely well, connecting on seven out of nine field goal attempts.
Lyons was also a perfect 2-for-2 from three-point land and dished out three assists. Point guard is a position where UA has struggled to find consistency from, but it looks as if Lyons may solve that problem.
Solomon Hill played an aggressive brand of basketball and it led to him scoring 13 of his 18 points from the foul line. On top of his 18 points, Hill added eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in the winning effort.
Senior Kevin Parrom came off the bench with a strong effort, knocking down four out of eight shot attempts for 12 points. The swingman also added six rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes of action. With a lot of eyes on Parrom's performance, he came away looking a step ahead of where he was just last week.
Forward Grant Jerrett led the freshmen in scoring with 10 points. The big man also grabbed four rebounds and three assists in another strong performance.
The Wildcats shot well from the field overall (53.6 percent), but did struggle a little from long range. Arizona connected on only five of its 14 shot attempts from three-point range, an area the team is expected to be successful in this season.
Arizona had problems boxing out on the defensive end of the floor and it allowed Chico State to grab 16 offensive rebounds. The Wildcats ultimately won the battle of the boards, but allowing a team at the level of CSUC to have so many second chances is a slight concern that must be addressed as the competition improves.