Arizona Player of the Game:
Mark Lyons: There are many other players that contributed to the victory, but none was more important than Mark Lyons. The senior scored ten straight points in the first half that sparked Arizona's offense. He was limited in the second half with foul trouble, but it was after the damage had already been done. The guard finished with fourteen points, three assists, and four rebounds.
Arizona seemed to find its offense towards the end of the first half. As soon as Lyons got the aggression in him to attack the basket, things started flowing for the Wildcats. After his three to give Arizona the two- point lead in the first half, the Wildcats went on a 15-9 run, eventually going to the locker room up eight.
In the second half, it wasn't much different than the end of the second half and it can be said that this was the best basketball that Arizona has played all conference season. The Wildcats got out in transition, played excellent defense, and made good decisions. There is a reason that Arizona won by a large margin and it is because the team played like it should every time out on the court.
Angelo Chol brought incredible intensity off the bench and he is really one of the biggest assets that the Wildcats have right now. His stat line may not look great and his defense can have holes in it, but when he gets on the court, he shows that he wants to be out there. It is something that other members of the team have lacked at times during the year. Chol may be able to lead by example if he continues to get increased playing time.
"Mark Lyons is always so confident and he came out and hit his shots," Nick Johnson said. "In the first half, I really couldn't make a shot and Mark got me a few easy layups and dunks to get me going from there."
Sean Miller Quotable
"To be hard to score against, to defend the three-point line, to try to keep the other team off the foul line, to block shots, to play hard. We are our best team when we have that in place and tonight we had that."