Players of the Game:
#2 Mark Lyons – This could easily go to Kevin Parrom as well, but Lyons was just too good to ignore in this win. He scored some big buckets down the stretch and finished with 24 points on the night. Lyons had just two assists and three turnovers, but played exceptional defense. The senior scored the final four points in regulation, helping Arizona tie the game and five points in overtime, pushing the Wildcats ahead. In addition, he was a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line.
Arizona really had no business winning this game. The Wildcats played from behind for a majority of the night and were outplayed for 36 minutes. To think that Colorado was up by nine with just 1:48 left on the clock and eventually lost in overtime is amazing.
It wasn't that the Wildcats played extremely bad throughout the night, but the Buffs were playing extremely well. At one point, Colorado led by seventeen points in the first half and sixteen in the second half. Credit has to be given to how well Colorado played, but Arizona stayed with it and hung in there giving itself a chance to win.
With that being said, it is clear that the Wildcats have no trouble playing in close games down the stretch. This is now the third of the past five games that have been close and Arizona has come away without a loss in all of them. Playing with fire will eventually burn the Wildcats, but having these experiences may be crucial when it comes time for Arizona to "win or go home".
Sean Miller Quotable:
"We did a lot of good things and had some good fortune," Sean Miller said. "We have to do a better job of playing together and being more patient on offense against these really good defensive teams and Colorado is a really good defensive team."
"It was a rough game all night," Nick Johnson said. "There was a point where we would get it to six and then they would jump back to a ten point lead. We just stuck with it and people made plays at the end."