HONOLULU - Not to be lost in the late-game heroics of Johnson and Lyons was the fact that Kevin Parrom was the team's second-leading scorer Tuesday - and the one who ultimately secured the win by wrestling away the ball that Johnson swatted from Chase Tapley.
"At the end of games you usually win because of a second shot," UA coach Sean Miller said. "It was not only a great shot block, but I thought Kevin did a great job of hustling to secure the ball that allowed them not to get another shot off."
Parrom had 17 points, hit 3 of 5 three-pointers, grabbed five rebounds, dished out two assists, snatched a steal and had no turnovers against the Aztecs.
"To win a tournament, you have to get contributions from a lot of guys," Miller said, "and that's the other thing about our team - we have a number of different players who can step up, and I thought Kevin was a big difference in (the) game."
After playing three games in four days and pulling out two last-second wins over Top 25 teams over 10 days, Arizona will finally receive a late holiday rest.
"Our guys need a break," Miller said.
The Wildcats flew home Wednesday and will have today, Friday and Saturday off before resuming practice on Sunday to prepare for a Jan. 3 game with Colorado and the beginning of Pac-12 play.
Some of the Western-based players went straight to their homes for the break, but Mark Lyons, of Schenectady, N.Y., said he would simply hang out and get back to work.
"Just head back to Tucson, enjoy my couple of days of and get ready for Colorado," Lyons said, referring to UA's Pac-12 opener on Jan. 3.
Hill named MVP
Solomon Hill was named MVP of the Diamond Head Classic, and Lyons joined him on the all-tournament team. Tapley was also named to the all-tournament team, as was Mississippi's Murphy Holloway and Indiana State's Jake Odum.
Hill was given an outrigger canoe paddle trophy for winning the award.