Solomon Hill had a career-high 23 points to help the Arizona Wildcats hold off the furiously shooting Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 85-73, tonight at McKale Center.
The win improved UA to 8-4 with only one nonconference game remaining, Thursday against Bryant at McKale Center. Oakland dropped to 8-5.
While Solomon Hill had his 3 points on 8-for-10 shooting, prolific Oakland guard Reggie Hamilton had 31 points on 12-for-21 shooting to lead all scorers. The Grizzlies took 62 shots, 32 from beyond the arc.
Kyle Fogg had 15 points and Jesse Perry added another 13 for the Wildcats.
Hamilton picked up his fourth foul with five minutes to go and the Grizzlies could not cut their deficit to single digits the rest of the way despite threatening for much of the second half.
Arizona took a 19-point lead midway through the second half after Brendon Lavender hit a three-pointer but the Grizzlies again cut the lead to 12 in less than three minutes.
A layup by Lucas-Perry later cut UA's lead to 72-59 with eight minutes to go.
The second half started with the same fast swings of momentum that marked the first half. Solomon Hill dunked for the first basket of the game, and Kyle Fogg scored to give UA a 44-36 lead but turnovers by Jordin Mayes and Solomon Hill led to three-pointers by Travis Bader while Oakland crept to within two points.
Arizona then scored seven straight oints to take a 51-44 lead at the first media timeout of the second half (15:24).
In the first half, Hamilton had 20 points but the Arizona Wildcats hung on for a 40-36 halftime lead tonight at McKale Center.
Hamilton, who scored 41 on Saturday at Valparaiso, hit 7 of 12 from the field and made 3 of 5 three pointers. He set the pace for an Oakland team that took 18 three-pointers, but made only five of them, in the first half.
Arizona was led by Solomon Hill, who had 11 points and five rebounds.
UA went on a 14-0 run while keeping the Grizzlies scoreless for five minutes in the second half. Former Wildcat guard Laval Lucas-Perry, who received his first start of the season, broke up the Grizzlies' dry spell with 4:43 left in the half.
After UA took an initial 10-2 lead, Oakland raced back to take a brief 14-13 lead after a pair of three pointers. Over the first 12 minutes of the game, Oakland took 11 three-pointers but hit only three of them.
Oakland's poor shooting helped UA stay ahead nearly all of the first half. The Wildcats led by up to 14 points, though Hamilton's heroics cut the lead toward the end of halftime.
Down 14-0 against Gonzaga on Saturday, Arizona didn't have trouble starting this one early. UA scored on its first possession when Solomon Hill rebounded a miss by Jordin Mayes, then took a 10-2 lead at the first media timeout.
Oakland coach Greg Kampe gives former Lucas-Perry his first start of the season. Lucas-Perry had four points and four rebounds in the first half.