Derrick Williams may have only scored 11 points on Sunday, but his impact on the game went beyond the box score.
Arizona State consistently threw numerous players at Williams and took the risk of leaving others open, specifically Kyle Fogg.
"Derrick Williams always deserves credit and part of the credit he deserves is when teams really try to collapse on him, sometimes his presence alone can open up some shots for his teammates," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "But it's up to them to make them and Kyle (Fogg) did take advantage of those."
With that being said, Miller admits that Williams could have played a better game on Sunday.
"Yeah, and we could've done a better job to maybe getting the ball to Derrick (Williams)," Miller said. "Yeah Derrick (Williams) didn't have one of his best games, especially just defensively. Five fouls in one half is not a good thing, and I don't mean that in a negative light towards anyone other than Derrick (Williams.)
"We have to keep getting him to concentrate and play hard so he stays out of foul trouble, but he's been a rock solid great player for us and it's really nice to see some of his teammates step up."
Team steps up for Williams
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