Postgame Analysis: Clemson

The Arizona Wildcats defeated the Clemson Tigers 66-54 on Saturday night. Read on to find out who the player of the game was, thoughts on the victory, and which plays helped Arizona win.

Player of the Game:

#2 Mark Lyons – The senior point guard was the heartbeat of the team on the road. Lyons admitted earlier in the week that he likes playing on the road and he showed why against Clemson. He scored twenty points, dished out four assists, grabbed four rebounds, and only had one turnover. Lyons did have lapses at times on the defensive end of the court, but otherwise played a fantastic game.

Key Moments:

  • At the 8:31 mark, Arizona led 22-8. Milton Jennings hit a three-pointer to cut the lead and Clemson went on a 16-4 run to diminish the Wildcat lead before halftime.

  • The game was tied at 47 with just over seven minutes remaining in the game. Lyons found Kaleb Tarczewski underneath the basket and the 7-footer slammed it home. It gave the Wildcats a two-point advantage, one that Arizona would build on and never give up.

  • With 2:19 remaining in the game, Lyons caught a pass in stride from Nick Johnson and finished with a finger roll at the rim. It put the Wildcats ahead 61-49 and pushed the game out of reach for the Tigers.

    General Thoughts:

    Arizona has now fought through adversity in two straight games and came away with two quality wins. It was good for the Wildcats to improve in certain areas of the game that had been plaguing them. They had just eleven turnovers against Clemson, as opposed to the 27 that they had against Southern Miss.

    However, Arizona still has a few flaws that came out against the Tigers that should be fixed before Florida rolls into town. One of the major reasons for the Wildcats falling behind in the second half was the tempo of the game and how they handled it. Often, Arizona players took a quick shot that could have been passed up for another opportunity.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "We made some tough plays to stay in the game and then just seemed to get that momentum back that we had early in the game. I'm just proud of being able to do that.

    "Sometimes, early in the year, if you can win a game shooting 35 percent, it's more meaningful for the future than it is watching your team have one of those nights when the ball goes in. We were able to win tonight in spite of our offense."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "This will help our morale," Lyons tells the AP. "When we go on the road, we'll be ready. And if we're ever in a close game, we know what it takes to overcome it."


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