Quentin Snider knew he was going to be a little rusty.
But when he stepped out of bounds with the ball, Snider felt like he was "out of it a bit" but he worked out the kinks and in the second half made some huge plays in a 71-66 win over Miami.
"I just had to keep my head in it," Snider said.
Added Rick Pitino: "You know, he was a little off in the first half, but that's to be expected."
Snider made up for the lost time in the second half. He scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, including a trio of three-pointers. The final one came with 41 seconds left and gave the Cardinals a little breathing room.
"I felt confident," Snider said. "I've always believes in myself."
Pitino said on Friday that Snider had practiced for three days and "looked really good" during the practices. He sent Snider a text on Friday night and told him he was likely going to start him in the return.
"I just texted him and said, 'you ready to start?'," Pitino said. "And he said, ' yep, I'm ready'. I said, 'do you want to?', because sometimes they are 'ehh.' He gave me the thumb up and I said, 'okay, you're starting tomorrow'."
Snider, who missed six games because of the hip flexor, said
"I just been cheering my teammates on," he said. "I was really working hard on my rehab and Fred (Hina) did a great job with me. It was very painful, but I just wanted to be out there with my teammates."
Snider finished with 13 points on 3 of 8 from the field, and added four assists and three rebounds in 33 minutes.
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