Arizona's 22-game home win streak ends with loss to San Diego State

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Josiah Turner #11 of the Arizona Wildcats drives the ball against D'Angelo Harrison #11 of the St. John's Red Storm during the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches Vs Cancer at Madison Square Garden on November 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Arizona still has a hole on the offensive end of the ball. That wasn't more evident until Wednesday, when the Wildcats lost a 61-57 game to San Diego State in McKale Center, the first loss at home in 22 games.

Solomon Hill led the charge with 14 points and nine rebounds, but he only went 4-for-12 from the field. That came as no other Arizona Wildcats' player put up more than nine shots.

Those nine shots came from freshman Josiah Turner, who scored 10 points on the evening.

In short, this game was about poor shooting. Arizona only connected on 33 percent of its shots while the Aztecs shot 45 percent from the floor.

And once again, it was a story of a bad start and little energy.

The Wildcats found themselves down 16-2 early on, and though they fought back, the four-point deficit at the end of the game is a misleading part of the game. Arizona never led, just as they hadn't in its last game in Madison Square Garden. And just as they did against Mississippi State in New York, Arizona had no burst, no shot in the arm and no leader in trying to win this game.

Nick Johnson had his moments. He finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Jesse Perry added nine points and 11 boards. But to ask a freshman to win you a game? That's not fair.

And to ask for Perry, a pure-energy guy who won't give you bursts of offensive aggression to do the same? That's not something to expect either.

Hill can take 12 shots a game, but until he turns it on to a "give me the ball" type of behavior, it doesn't mean much. And senior Kyle Fogg can lead the defensive charge, but he too isn't one -- in both ability and character -- to tell other to get out of the way.

Arizona needs a go-to guy, and it looks like it'll have to develop one as this season progresses. It's not looking like head coach Sean Miller had one on the roster prior to this season.

So as this season develops, don't get concerned about wins and losses.

It's looking less and less like the veterans will suddenly come to life and become the on-court spark this Wildcat team needs.

Instead, eye Johnson and Turner, who have showed signs that they can at least try -- or want -- to take over a game.

Those two might find themselves, eventually, though it's too much to expect right now.

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