Arizona Wildcats basketball: Lyons' confidence no surprise to Miller

2012-12-27T20:00:00Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Lyons' confidence no surprise to MillerBy Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 27, 2012 8:00 pm  • 

HONOLULU – With a roster that’s basically half full of combo guards, the Arizona Wildcats don’t have to put the ball in Mark Lyons’ hands all of the time.

But it’s looking like a pretty good idea to do so when the game is on the line.

For the second time in 10 days Tuesday, Lyons made a game-winning offensive play against a ranked team when he hit two free throws to give UA the winning margin over San Diego State in the Diamond Head Classic championship.

On Dec. 15 against Florida, Lyons drove in for a layup that gave the Wildcats a 65-64 win over Florida. On Tuesday, he drove in on San Diego State and picked up a foul, making both free throws to give UA a 68-67 lead with 13 seconds, while defensive plays by Nick Johnson and Kevin Parrom secured the win.

For Lyons, the clutch offense continued a trend that also included a game-tying layup he made for Xavier to send an ESPN2-televised game at Vanderbilt last season into overtime, all because of a confidence that UA coach Sean Miller has seen for years.

That’s why Miller recruited Lyons out of high school for Xavier and re-recruited him last spring, when Lyons opted to transfer for his final year of eligibility.

Read more about Lyons in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
USC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Cal Poly Pomona at
Stanford
11/6 8:00 pm
Azusa Pacific at
Washington State
11/7 12:00 am
Cal Poly Pomona at
Arizona
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
Arizona
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
Oregon
11/14 10:00 pm
Detroit at
Oregon
11/17 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Arizona
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
Colorado
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Oregon State
12/15 8:00 pm
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