Postgame Analysis: Miami

The Arizona Wildcats beat the Miami Hurricanes 69-50 on Sunday night. Read on to find out who the player of the game was and which plays helped Arizona come away with the win.

Player of the Game:

#2 Mark Lyons – After struggling in the first game of the Diamond Head Classic, Lyons bounced back with a superb performance, finishing with 19 points and three rebounds. More importantly, the senior dished out four assists, generating a flow for the offense.

Key Moments:

  • To close out the first half Arizona went on a 17-4 run highlighted by back-to-back Grant Jerrett jump shots, giving the Wildcats a fourteen-point lead. Arizona went into halftime leading by twelve points.

  • With both teams trading baskets in the second half, Kevin Parrom stepped into a long jumper and knocked it down, pushing Arizona's lead to 16 with eleven minutes left in the game.

  • Just as the clock ran under six minutes left in the game, Lyons grabbed a long rebound off a three pointer and took it coast-to-coast, finishing with a spin move in the lane. It was the start of a 10-0 run that gave the Wildcats the largest lead of the night and sealed the win.

    General Thoughts:

    Arizona came out and battled with Miami early on, but then the depth started to take effect. Brandon Ashley missed a majority of the first half with foul trouble, but the Wildcats were able to fill his void with Jerrett and Angelo Chol.

    Having quality players off the bench allowed Arizona to keep the same composure and create a sizable lead that let the Wildcats feel comfortable for most of the game.

    As always, there were negatives to take away from the game as well, as Arizona finished the game with 16 turnovers. Sean Miller has always been adamant that ball control should always be a main focus and he isn't going to like that number.

    Sean Miller Quotable:

    "It was one of our best performances of the year and it came at the expense of a good team," Miller said. "We're trying to be a team that can do some special things and I think that we want to be hard on ourselves. There's always things that we can do better."

    Wildcat Quotable:

    "We can always get better. Nobody is perfect," Lyons said. "We're jelling real well together."

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