Thursday, March 8, 2012
Fairfax's Solomon triumphant in return
By Blair Angulo
LOS ANGELES -- Former Fairfax star Solomon Hill felt right at home Thursday afternoon, leading the Arizona Wildcats to a 66-58 victory against UCLA in the second round of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at Staples Center.
The junior forward had a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds, playing nearly all 40 minutes for an undersized Wildcats squad that needed every last bit of it.
"He was mad when we took him out for 15 seconds," Arizona coach Sean Miller said.
Hill was an uncontainable force, presenting difficulties to former Southern California prep rivals David and Travis Wear of Santa Ana Mater Dei. He made 12 of 14 free throws and three of six 3-pointers. The Wears couldn't stop him on drives to the basket and, if they gave him space, Hill gathered himself and launched from the outside.
"All day long we had difficulties matching up defensively," UCLA coach Ben Howland said.
Hill played on the 2007 Fairfax squad that won state and City Section titles. He led the Lions to a 27-5 mark as a senior in 2009.