#21 Brandon Ashley – The freshman was a frequent face at the free throw line for the Wildcats. Ashley seemed to quietly have a big game, making eight of twelve free throws (a game-high), and grabbing eight rebounds. He finished with twelve points and two blocks, which was the best all-around effort on the floor for the Wildcats.
The game was sloppy on both ends of the court. Arizona allowed Charleston Southern to shoot too many uncontested three-pointers and was out-rebounded 34-31 despite having a serious size advantage.
Even though the Wildcats didn't play their best basketball, they still managed to win the game. It seems as if this is the type of game that Arizona would have lost last season and it goes as a positive that the Wildcats were able to pull it out and win the opener.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"We screwed a number of things up," said Sean Miller. "A lot of times, you do it in November and you hope you can learn the lesson after a win. Two or three times, we were supposed to switch a ball screen when it was guards and we didn't.
"It was disappointing, but we'll be able to go over the film and talk and teach. That's what this time of year is all about; learn from your mistakes and don't do them again."
"My teammates are great guys and great scorers," Mark Lyons said when asked about finishing the game with six assists and no turnovers. "Everybody knows we are talented and they make my job easier.
"Giving me the ball in the right positions, I expect them to make shots and everybody expects them to make shots. I have great group of guys with me. I have a lot of trust in them and they have trust in me. Honestly, it's all on them and they just help me out."