Nov. 6, 2012
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TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona Wildcat basketball seniors combined for 50 points in Arizona's 98-60 win to conclude Arizona's two-game exhibition slate.
"This early in the season, we're after perfection," said head coach Sean Miller. "I thought there were moments when our defense was excellent and then there were times when it wasn't as good. Chico State handled the ball well; they had a number of very good players and it was a great test for our team."
Arizona went to the free throw line 43 times, converting on 33, including Solomon Hill's13-14 effort from the stripe.
Hill collected eight boards in the game to lead all rebounders; Arizona won the battle at the glass 43-34 despite allowing Chico State to snag 16 offensive rebounds.
Including Wednesday's Humboldt State exhibition game, Arizona outscored its two exhibition opponents 206-127. In the two games, Arizona dominated the paint and outscored its opponents 76-28 in the lane. UA forced 37 total turnovers in the two games and turned them into 63 points.
Arizona's defense was brilliant to begin the contest for the second consecutive game. The Wildcats held Chico State to a single bucket on its first 10 possessions and held CSU in the single digits for the first eight and a half minutes of the game.
UA's defense held Chico State to 22% shooting in the first half, including 10% from beyond the arc. Chico State made just one of its first 14 three-pointers.
Arizona's offense was no slouch, however, scoring 47 points in the first period on 56% shooting. All 10 UA players to play in the first half had a bucket, led by Hill's 13 points. The senior went to the free-throw line eight times and converted on all eight and led the game with eight rebounds.
UA led CSU at the break 47-23 despite turning the ball over eight times and allowing Chico State to snag 10 offensive boards.
Arizona, which was outscored 21-19 to begin the second half, went on a 13-2 run to get its largest lead of the game at 33 points at the under-eight media timeout.
UA extended its lead down the stretch to a game-high 40.
The Cats begin the regular season Sunday, Nov. 11 against Charleston Southern at 4 p.m. MST in McKale Center.