Arizona Player of the Game:
Stanley Johnson – It was a career game for the freshman as he finished with 22 points, his highest total of the season. The freshman was phenomenal throughout the night, attacking the basket and staying aggressive. Johnson also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out three assists, two of which were to Elliott Pitts for three pointers.
Stat of the Night:
13 - Arizona was able to dominate the glass throughout the night, 41-26. None were more important than the 13 offensive rebounds that the Wildcats were able to pull down. Those turned into 17 second chance points for Arizona and that was one of the biggest differences in the final scorecard.
Conversely, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson put together one of his poorest offensive performances in a Wildcat uniform, missing all three of his shots. To his credit, Hollis-Jefferson had a solid defensive effort, but the sophomore really needs to be a bigger part of the offense down the stretch if the Wildcats expect to compete for the Final Four.
Sean Miller Quotable:
”We took care of the ball,” Sean Miller said. “I think we had some turnovers very late in the game when we were running the clock down. Through forty minutes at Oregon State we only had five turnovers and tonight we could have played with about five, so eighty minutes with ten turnovers.
"There were times that we moved the ball well. Second chances were a part of that. For the most part, I think we created good shots for our team."
”Last game I was in foul trouble, so I felt like I was out of rhythm,” Stanley Johnson said. “I'm not really a selfish player, so if I feel like I can get other players shots when I'm out of rhythm, I'm going to do that. It wasn't that I wasn't open, but it was the best thing to do. When you sacrifice like that, it's how your team wins."
"Today was a different day. I was a little more aggressive and took more shots today, but we all managed to win the game. It doesn't really matter to me how many points or rebounds I had."