NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Solomon Hill #44 of the Arizona Wildcats drives the ball against Arnett Moultrie #23 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches Vs Cancer at Madison Square Garden on November 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Arizona vs. Florida Score: Rebounding Differential Too Much For Wildcats To Overcome

The Wildcats will face the No. 12 Florida Gators in primetime on Wednesday night. We have the breakdown, what the loss of Turner means, and more inside.

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Arizona vs. Florida Final Score: Wildcats Play Best Game Of Season, Fall In Overtime

The Arizona Wildcats gave it their all in a hostile road environment against a nationally ranked foe in the Florida Gators, but turnovers and offensive rebounds would plague UA as they fell 78-72. The Wildcats played well enough to win, but the team simply did not execute down the stretch.

Arizona led 33-32 at the half and had a sizable lead throughout most of the second half. Jesse Perry led with 23 points and seven rebounds, and hit a career-high three 3-pointers against a tough UF defense. Kyle Fogg finished with 19 points, while Kevin Parrom ended with 13 in his first start of the season. Nick Johnson, who was forced to play point guard due to Josiah Turner's selfish suspension, struggled from the floor and ended with just five points on nine shots.

The Gators dominated the paint with Patric Young and the big man could not be stopped. He ended with 25 points and 10 rebounds, and influenced numerous shots on the defensive end. Erving Walker (14) and Mike Rosario (10) were the only two to score in double figures.

UA trailed 66-63 with 3.9 seconds left. Solomon Hill received the inbounds pass and was able to get into a shooting motion before being fouled. Hill, a junior, stepped to the free throw line and was unfazed as he knocked down all three free throws to tie the game. Kenny Boynton raced down the floor for Florida, but missed the shot to send the game into overtime.

Arizona turned the ball over four times in OT and missed four free throws. Add these two factors with the Wildcats not being able to get a call with an SEC refereeing crew officiating the game -- they called 12 more fouls on UA than they did for UF -- and it's easy to see why the team fell apart down the stretch.

Despite the loss, this was still the best game Arizona had played this season, and they did so without their starting point guard. Sean Miller has this team in the right direction.


Arizona vs. Florida Score: Scrappy Wildcats Lead At Halftime

The Arizona Wildcats are without their starting point guard and are overmatched in talent by the Florida Gators, but excellent offensive execution and strong defense has UA leading 33-32 at halftime. It has been a sloppy game of sorts thus far, with Arizona turning the ball over 10 times and allowing eight offensive rebounds.

Kevin Parrom made his first start of the season for the 'Cats and his impact has been felt immediately. Parrom leads UA with 11 points at the break, including a floater that gave Arizona a lead right before the half. Jesse Perry could be on his way to another double-double with 10 points and three rebounds, while Kyle Fogg has eight. Solomon Hill and Angelo Chol were the only two others to score, chipping in with two points.

Florida has not been shy shooting the ball and the hoisted 14 threes (and connected on five) in the first 20 minutes of play. Big man Patric Young has dominated in the paint, scoring 14 points and bringing in five boards. Mike Rosario came off the bench for the Gators and has 10 points.

The odds are against Arizona, but the team hung in throughout the first half. A win on the road would be absolutely huge for the program. ESPN is currently televising the game.

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