Wildcats stay calm under pressure

San Diego State made numerous runs in a hostile environment, but Arizona never seemed to get rattled on Thursday. Read on to see what Miller says about poise, his guard play, and more.

Arizona defeated San Diego State on Thursday night and UA coach Sean Miller had nothing but positive things to say about his team's effort.

What may be the most impressive aspect of the win is the fact that it occurred on the road in a hostile environment, which is something a lot of top tier schools are not willing to take on.

"I'm just proud of the fact that we came here and played," Miller said. "I look around college basketball and I think a lot is made of the marquee matchups in November and December. Certainly there are some great teams playing each other, but playing either home or away is a completely different story.

"I think playing a true road game is something we are proud of and the fact that we came in here not knowing how it would work out and the fact that we were able to play well enough to win is something I think will continue to give us confidence and prepare us for future games."

The Wildcats were able to take care of the ball and outrebound San Diego State, despite the Aztecs having strong pressure and comparable size.

"You play against a team in an environment like this, you have to be able to stay in control, poised and we did that," Miller said. "Three turnovers in the second half is something I am very proud of.

"I think any time you can out rebound a San Diego State team, that's also something for us to hang our hat on and we were able to do that. To me, it's those two statistics that made us the winner tonight."

In addition, Arizona got leadership from its guards, who were vital in maintaining a late push from the Aztecs.

"Nick played a great game," Miller said. "He made big free-throws, he made timely, big plays. T.J. did a good job of just being a point guard, handling pressure, helping his teammates, making big plays.

"San Diego State pressed an awful lot tonight and for us to have three turnovers in the last two, three minutes is a big reason we won."


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