Postgame Analysis: Long Beach State

Postgame Analysis: Long Beach State

Arizona was able to defeat Long Beach State on Monday night. Read on for the player of the game, key moments, and much more.

Player of the Game:

#21 Brandon Ashley – The freshman scored Arizona's first seven points of the night and nine of the first nineteen. He finished with twenty points and ten rebounds, both career highs in his young career. It was Ashley's first double-double of the year and it can safely be said that his energy to start the game helped the Wildcats pull away early.

Key Moments:

  • Just three minutes into the game, Long Beach State missed an inside shot and Ashley tipped the ball to Mark Lyons, who immediately started the fast break. With two players running on the opposite side of the floor, Lyons lobbed it to Nick Johnson, who threw it down to give Arizona an early 9-2 lead that set the tone for the game.

  • With 14:20 to go in the game, Solomon Hill drove down the lane, putting up a layup as he was fouled hard. The ball went in the basket and Hill followed it up with a made free throw to give the Wildcats a 67-46 lead. It was the final time that the game was that close as Arizona pulled away after that.

    General Thoughts:

    Tonight was one of the nights that showed truly how good Arizona could be. Even in a night where point guard Mark Lyons wasn't playing his best, we got to see other players step up and contribute for the team. Ashley scored twenty points while Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom each had fifteen a piece. Johnson also added twelve of his own points. There were plenty of contributors and it showed how deep Arizona is at numerous positions.

    On another note, Arizona proved to be a dominant force on the glass tonight. After having a poor showing in the season opener, Arizona has now out-rebounded opponents 72-35 in the past two games after being out rebounded 34-31 against Charleston Southern.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "I thought tonight there were times in the first and second halves where it was our best play of the season," Sean Miller said. "We looked how you hope we would look. Now we have to take that, from whatever time that was, I'd say maybe six minutes in the first half and eight in the second, from that 14 minutes, we have to grow and make it more about being that team for 40 minutes.

    "For part of it, we came unglued. There was not enough energy and we had kind of a selfish moment, so we got what we deserved. They got back in the game, but to our team's credit in the second half, whether we played well or didn't play well, that was due to Long Beach State."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "On any given night it can be a different player," Hill said when asked who the best shooter on the team was. "Tonight was Kevin's (Parrom) night. If we continue to shoot like that, it will add a different dimension to our team. Like I said, it could be anybody's night."

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