Postgame Analysis: Colorado

Arizona came away with a hard fought 92-83 victory in overtime. Read on to find out who the player of the game was, which plays helped Arizona win, and more.

Arizona came away with a huge come from behind victory over Colorado in overtime Thursday night. The Wildcats battled back from being down as many as seventeen points, but remain undefeated on the season. Here's how it happened:

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.

Key Moments:

  • Lyons hit a three-pointer three minutes into the game, giving Arizona a 5-4 lead. The Wildcats didn't make another field goal for almost ten minutes. During that time, Colorado took a ten-point lead and stole momentum.

  • With eighteen seconds left in regulation, Jeremy Adams missed two free throws that could have altered the course of the game. Lyons was fouled on the ensuing trip down the court and tied the game with two free throws.

  • As time expired in regulation, Sabatino Chen launched a long three towards the basket. It hit the backboard and banked into the hoop. Colorado players rushed the court believing that they had won the game. A few minutes later, the referees called off the shot, ruling that the ball did not leave Chen's hands in time, sending the game to overtime.

  • After Arizona battled it out for the first four minutes of overtime before Mark Lyons slashed to the basket, throwing up a layup as he was fouled. The basket counted and the senior hit a free throw to give the Wildcats a five-point lead. From there, Arizona seemed to cruise to the victory.

    General Thoughts:

    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."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "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."

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