Wednesday's game may not have been against the best opponent, but it could have been Arizona's most complete effort of the early season.
"I think we had a lot of individual players do really well tonight," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "Jamelle (Horne) had 20 points, eight rebounds, Nic (Wise) had 24 points, and was ten of eleven for free throws. As a team, we did really well on defense, and to see us holding them to only 36 percent in field goals is a really big statistic for us. We held a really good offensive team that can really score."
With that being said, there is still plenty the team needs to work on.
"We need to work on rebounding as a team," Miller said. "We weren't able to push the score, and get stops. A lot of the 15 rebounds we gave them came deep in the stretch. We have to learn to do this, or we'll have another loss like against UNLV. We had opportunities to make stops, but we didn't."
While Horne and Wise had the best game for the UA, Arizona also got solid efforts from a handful of other players.
"Kyle (Fogg) had a really solid game tonight, and it was good to see that from the start," Miller said. "It's easy to forget that he is very young and will get better as the season goes on. I also saw good things from our bench tonight. D.J. Shumpert had some minutes, as did Alex Jacobson. Even MoMo (Jones), who didn't have a lot of stats tonight, played some really good defense."
With the win, Arizona will now head to San Diego.
"I'm glad we were able to bounce back from the quick turnaround against Oklahoma," he said. "It wasn't easy, but we managed to do it. Our next game against San Diego State is going to be another really quick turnaround, and it'll be a challenge for us, but we are going to have to overcome it."
One player that will be headed home is Horne, who says he is glad to go back home with a win.
"We won," Horne said. "That's all it's about right now. We were coming off three tough losses, one bad one that we forgot about and put behind us. It felt good getting back home and getting a win. It's huge for our young guys. Louisiana Tech came in here a 7-1 ball club. They have a bunch of guys with a lot of experience, they're a tough team and they came in here playing hard right away. We kept our composure, though, and pulled out the win."
Miller pleased with effort
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