UA-Harvard postgame: Jerrett to be further examined

2013-03-23T19:02:00Z 2013-03-24T08:07:39Z UA-Harvard postgame: Jerrett to be further examinedBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 23, 2013 7:02 pm  • 

Updated to note that Arizona will find out its Sweet 16 opponent when Ohio State faces Iowa State at 9:15 a.m. (CBS).

The Buckeyes will have to contend with Iowa State's spread-out offense.

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SALT LAKE CITY – Grant Jerrett is scheduled to receive X-rays tonight in Tucson after suffering elbow and nerve damage in the first half of Arizona’s 71-54 win over Harvard..

UA trainer Justin Kokoskie told the Star that Jerrett would be X-rayed upon returning home because there was no X-ray machine available at EnergySolutions Arena. He said he was unsure what Jerrett's status might be this week.

However, Jerrett expressed considerable optimism after returning to today’s game with a bandage on the elbow and never returning to action after he took a hard fall following a layup attempt.

“It’s fine,” he said.

Jerrett said the elbow swelled up initially but had been going down (he iced it initially after returning to the bench in the first half).

Jerrett was in the game just for a minute before he became tangled up with Harvard’s Moundou-Missi and could not break his fall. Jerrett landed on the elbow but said he did not hit his head, and thus did not have to be tested for a concussion.

However, because he hurt a nerve, Jerrett initially did not get up.

“I guess I got undercut on the layup and my whole arm started spasing out,” Jerrett said.

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Mark Lyons tied his career high with 27 points, taking advantage of ball screens for the second straight day to burn the Crimson.

“My teammates got me great shots,” Lyons said. “It wasn’t individual plays that got me shots and things like that. It was drive and kickms, back screens, back screen lobs, and Jordin throwing the pass and great screens from Solomon.”

Lyons scored on back-to-back possessions in the first half, to give UA a 34-15 lead, when Hill screened and Jordin Mayes fed Lyons with the assist.

It was “just to stall the defense,” Hill said. “They didn’t attack the gaps, so when Mark made the pass, I saw an open possession to screen his guy and my guy didn’t help – and we got the lob.”

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It will be UA’s third Sweet 16 in the past five seasons and the second one for Mayes and the UA seniors, who went to Anaheim, Calif., two seasons ago.

But it’s all new for UA’s freshmen  and sophomores.

“It’s crazy,” Kaleb Tarczewski said. “This is something you dream about. To be here is an awesome experience. But we’re just staying focused.”

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For Lyons, it will be the second straight Sweet 16, after he reached one with Xavier last spring. Lyons is actually making his fourth Sweet 16 appearance, if you count the redshirting freshman year he spent under Sean Miller in 2008-09.

“Feels good,” Lyons said. “I’m happy to be here so I can advance again.”

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While Harvard shot just 25 percent for the game, it wasn’t all about the Wildcats’ defense early. The Crimson missed several wide-open shots early, missing their first 13 overall, before UA clamped down.

“We kind of lucked out,” guard Nick Johnson said. “They hit those shots against New Mexico, and that’s what kept them in the game. I’d say the first three minutes of the game, we probably gave them too many open looks, but after that I’d say we really tightened up our defense.

“Coming into the game we knew their personnel and knew they had shooters. (It was) just knowing that and knowing that we have to play hard.”

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Our full coverage can be found on our Wildcats page. Here's the box score.

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