Player of the Game:
Mark Lyons – The senior was a factor for Arizona all night long. Lyons shot lights out for the contest and took over for the Wildcats when it mattered. He finished the night with 25 points and 6 assists to go along with two rebounds and two steals.
Arizona's offense was bad to start the game and it really hurt the team. Slow starts aren't ideal and they can make it hard for the players to get in the flow of the game. Once the Wildcats found some rhythm on the offensive end, it was an uphill battle.
Arizona's defense was good for the most part, but it really missed the presence that Grant Jerrett brought to the paint. Dwight Powell had a great game for the Cardinal and there were times during the game that it seemed as if Arizona couldn't stop him. Ashley was tasked with guarding him, but fouled out in limited minutes. Jerrett's presence could have helped on the defensive end.
In addition, the Wildcats were able to get quality minutes from Chol off the bench. He finished with a career-high eight rebounds and was instrumental in Arizona's late push as he helped slow down Powell and found good offensive looks.
"At the end of the game, that's when great plays are made," Lyons said. "Me and Solomon made great plays at the end game, a lot of us made great defensive plays to open the game up. You're really not a good player if you don't like it in crunch time."
Sean Miller Quotable:
"Mark not only scored tonight, he made his teammates better," Miller said. "His six assists were much closer to eight or nine. He ran the team and led the team, and really let the game come to him."