Arizona Player of the Game:
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – The freshman wasn't much of a factor until late in the game. Hollis-Jefferson had six of his 13 points in the overtime period and really helped Arizona keep the lead after taking it early in the extra time. The forward came off the bench and was actually hobbled a bit earlier this week, but he came up big with some big plays down the stretch. Hollis-Jefferson finished with 13 points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Stats of the Night:
14-19: Arizona was able to win in part because it went 14-19 at the free throw line. After hitting on just over 50-percent in the loss to ASU, it was a big improvement to only miss five free throws in a tough road game. Also, two of those misses came at the hands of Aaron Gordon early in the game.
General Thoughts: Arizona's offense didn't look much different in terms of what the Wildcats were doing, but the players seemed much more confident on the court in the game. Arizona struggled in the loss to ASU, but definitely bounced back against Utah.
Nick Johnson got going early and found his stroke with a couple of quick makes. However, he failed to become a factor until late in the game. He hit a few big shots down the stretch and helped the Wildcats pull it out at the end of the game.
Gabe York was on fire in the first half and played a tremendous game, as he was a huge part of the win for Arizona. He put up some bad shots in the second half that got him benched for a while, but the Wildcats would not have been in the position they were in without him and his 15 early points.
Aaron Gordon was somewhat disappointing in the game. He had three early turnovers and was called for two charges within the first ten minutes of the game. He did come back in, but was held to just a single free-throw in the first half. His second half wasn't much better as he added just one basket before fouling out with over nine minutes remaining in the game. On the bright side, he should be well rested for the game against Colorado.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"That's what he can do," Miller said of York." "He made some timely shots. One of the big reasons we went in the half with a lead was because of his offense."
"At some points, we weren't playing smart basketball," McConnell said. "But at the end we did and that's what matters most."