Arizona buckles down in win

When it needed to the most, Arizona buckled down on Wednesday. Read on to see what the Wildcats think about the victory and more.

Arizona and Utah both battled hard on Wednesday and it had the signature look of what an Arizona win, or even loss, has looked like as of late.

"It was a great road win," Sean Miller said. "It was very similar to the Cal game, and even the ASU game and Oregon game. We've been in a lot of them, so winning one of these feels great."

It did not always look like Arizona would win, as the Wildcats' offense once again disappeared due in large part due to the way that Utah was controlling the glass.

"We just had to buckle down," Nick Johnson said. "We had to buckle down on defense. We had to rebound. They were really getting us on the offensive rebounds."

When Arizona needed a player to step up, it was not necessarily Johnson or T.J McConnell, although both played just fine. Instead, it was a freshman that dominated the overtime period for Arizona.

"Rondae had some offensive rebounds and some plays that he made that were great," Johnson said. "If we didn't have him, we wouldn't have won."

One of the more unlikely players to step up was Gabe York, who wound up leading Arizona in scoring with 15 points.

"That's what he can do," Miller said. "He made some timely shots. One of the big reasons we went in the half with a lead was because of his offense."

In addition to Sean Miller and company, Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak found it difficult to be too disappointed in the Utes' effort.

"It was a classic game and one of the things I was most proud of is the fact that we came back," he said. "We built that deficit against a really good basketball team and (then) put a little different lineup on the floor and went small. I thought some of our young kids gave us a great lift and we got more aggressive. We got to the free throw line."

After the game, Arizona point guard T.J. McConnell took a moment to reflect on the win and although there are still some negative aspects, he found it difficult to look at them too much.

"At some points, we weren't playing smart basketball," McConnell said. "But at the end we did and that's what matters most."


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