Player of the Game:
Mark Lyons – The senior guard was a key to Arizona's victory in the game. Lyons had 14 points, but none were as important as his game-winner. Lyons seems to come up big when Arizona needs him the most and Saturday was a perfect example of that.
Arizona showed a true gutsy performance against Florida. It was a top-ten matchup and didn't disappoint in the entertainment category. The Wildcats fought back, facing a battle-tested veteran team and came away with the win. Great teams find ways to win and Arizona found a way to win in this one.
There are plenty of reasons that the Wildcats had a tough time in the early portions of the game. For one, the Gators out-rebounded the Wildcats 33-22 and had 12 offensive rebounds. If there was one main weakness for Arizona in this one, it was performing well on the glass.
That being said, Arizona forced nine turnovers in the second half and never quit playing. At times, it seemed that the Gators had an answer for every big shot the Wildcats made. The players never quit on the team and that shows plenty of poise and maturity for what is still a relatively young squad.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"For the record, I didn't call timeout," Sean Miller said of his end of the game choice. "When you don't call a timeout, you put the ball in the player's hands and hope he makes a play.
"The reason we didn't call timeout was because Florida is so good at playing the man and the zone that you don't know what they're going to be in and they can make the game hard to get the ball inbounds. You have to have players step up and make big shots and tonight, thank goodness, we made the big shot."
"I just thought about my teammate from last year, Tu Holloway, and what we used to do in the clutch: making big time plays," Lyons said of the last possession. "I saw Patric Young on me and I just felt like it was a mismatch for me. I tried to take him one-on-one and it worked out."