Arizona's defense seemingly needed just one stop towards the end of Sunday's game against Arizona State.
Unfortunately it never got it.
ASU had one of its better shooting performances of the season, as it defeated Arizona 73-69 at McKale.
"ASU came out terrific on offense," Arizona head coach Sean Miller said,. "They were very smart and there were quite a few moments where they really made us pay. I've got to say, that their greatest performer tonight was Ty Abbott.
"He made a lot of great shots, and he was set up for some really great plays. He is definitely responsible for their win tonight. ASU was very smart to put him in the position to make those shots. We really had no answer for him. Arizona State really earned this win. They put our defense to the test and came out on top."
Arizona often got in spurts where it could not hit a shot and although the UA shot relatively well, Miller felt it could have been better.
"Seven for 16 behind the arc is very good for us, especially since we don't shoot them all that often," he said. "We put up a lot of good numbers today. We made it to the free throw line 32 times, and we made 24. Seventy-five percent is very good for us, but it still felt like we didn't make very many. We definitely need each and every one of those shots."
The game came down to the fact that Arizona could not stop Ty Abbott, despite being close to him most of the time.
"Abbott had a great game," Derrick Williams said. "We had a hand in his face, but he just kept knocking shots down. He just started out really hot and that carried through the game."
Despite the loss, Miller says that he is happy with his team's effort.
"Even though we lost, there is still a very big difference between postgame today and our last game," he said. "We came out and tried to win it tonight, but really had no answers. We played hard and did what we needed to do. I have to give credit where credit is due."
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