Postgame Analysis: Oral Roberts

The Arizona Wildcats defeated the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles 89-64 on Tuesday night. Read on to see who the player of the game was, which moments were key for the Wildcats and more.

Arizona came out fired up and was ready to play from the opening tip in an easy 89-64 victory over Oral Roberts. The Wildcats remain undefeated on the season and here is an analysis of how that happened:

Player of the Game:

Mark Lyons – The senior transfer hit the game winning shot against Florida and rode the momentum and confidence into this game, finishing with 17 points and a season-high seven assists. Lyons was a key to the Wildcats' fire throughout the game, although at one point he got a little carried away and received a technical foul.

Key Moments:

  • Nine minutes into the game, ORU's Warren Niles made three free throws to cut the Arizona lead to six. From that point on, the Wildcats went on a mini 7-0 run that boosted the lead to 28-15.

  • Arizona came out from halftime up fourteen points, but that wasn't enough for the Wildcats to begin coasting. The team scored eleven unanswered points in the first few minutes and it demoralized the Golden Eagles. Arizona kept a big lead for the remainder of the game.

    General Thoughts:

    I said before the game that it would test Arizona to play a game like this after the win over Florida. The Wildcats came out to play and didn't let down in front of a considerably quieter crowd. It was a game that could've been closer than most would expect, but the players were prepared and didn't come into the game thinking that Oral Roberts was going to hand them the victory.

    With that being said, Arizona did finish the game with seventeen turnovers, five more than Sean Miller's acceptable limit of twelve. There were times in the game that the players got sloppy with passes, but there were also a few times where the turnovers were the product of players not focusing on catching the ball. Either way, it is a good learning point to take away from a game like this.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "We worked very hard to be 9-0," Miller said. "It was a difficult game. It almost felt like we played Florida last night and we played a team that had 14 days off and were very capable. We weren't perfect tonight. We did some really good things, but the things we didn't do so well we will learn from."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "If you want to be labeled as a great team or a team that has a chance to win a national championship, you have to get over games like the Florida game," Solomon Hill said. "You need to have a new focus. Florida is behind us and now we are looking to Hawaii."

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