Arizona head coach Sean Miller had every reason to be angry after Thursday's game, but decided to take a bit of a different approach.
"This is one of those games where we can look back in a month or two and see that we fought hard for that win," he said. "I watched Northern Arizona a lot before our game, and they're a team that executes very well on man-to-man defense, and they'll have two or three backdoors and two or three lobs per game.
"They really tested our skill and intelligence tonight. They're deliberate in their execution, and their guard, Cameron Jones, is as good as any guard we'll face. He's the preseason player of the year in their conference, and he had twenty-one points in the first half, which is very hard to do."
Lavender wound up being one of the heroes of the game and Miller gave him credit after the game.
"When you go up against a team playing man-to-man defense, you're going to eventually wear them down," Miller said. "True, there will be a made backdoor or lob, but some of those shots that were going in early, weren't in the second half.
"Brendon's steal and the two threes he had in the late second half been huge for us, and Kevin's overall performance was the reason we got the win tonight."
With that being said, Miller also believes it is clear that not every player is doing his fair share.
"Sometimes depth is felt in bringing in bodies left and right and using all the combinations we have, but on a game like tonight's depth was felt in the performances of our long starters, the guys off the bench, and their huge contributions," he said.
"I like that we fought back, but it's obvious that some individuals aren't playing as well as they should be, and they can only get away with that for so long."
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