Dec. 22, 2011
Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller
"This point in the season has been a very long time in coming. We've gone through a lot, have had one of the toughest schedules in the country, traveled to Florida, New York, New Mexico, Washington, but there is no better place to play and coach than McKale. The crowd is second to none and having a packed house was great for all our players."
"While Bryant has a losing record, it's really about how we play, and these games will get us ready for the Pac-12 Conference schedule. Playing an entire game with only seven turnovers says a lot toward our responsibility and ball handling. We also shared very well, with a season high twenty-three assists."
"Alex Jacobson is a great kid, a great teammate. He's extremely humble and brings a great energy to the court. For Kevin Parrom, I'm happy we were able to get him some solid minutes late in the game. At one point, he got a defensive rebound at the top of the key, which set up some very good offense for him, and he would do that a lot last season. He's still one gear away from being a hundred percent, but when I evaluate him over six weeks ago, or even a month ago, I never would have thought he'd be as close to one hundred percent as he is."
"Like I said for Alex Jacobson, Brendon Lavender is a great, unassuming kid, and scoring eighteen points in only eleven minutes like he did tonight is very difficult to do. Last year, when he was part of that first rotation right off the bench, he was part of a group that played very well at a high pace, and we need to see that from him during the Pac-12 schedule."
"I'm very excited that we're not opening the Pac-12 schedule with two games in the first week. It gives the guys more time to have a Christmas break and be away from each other, and think of family, and home, and the holiday, which is one of the best gifts I can think of. It also gives us an opportunity to prepare for an extremely important game against Arizona State. It's our rivalry, and we need to be able to defend our home court. Hopefully, next week, we will be the team we need to be."
Arizona Post Game Player Quotes
Senior Brendon Lavender:
On how he played:
"I felt great. It's been a long time since I've played that well, but it happens. I was feeling it. But that's my job, to come in the game and shoot the ball and that's what I did. I give all the credit to my teammates because they found me all game."
On if he had fun:
"It was a great feeling. My teammates were happy because they see how hard I work in practice and they want me to do great. I also want everyone to do well during the games, and my teammates recognize that and they return the favor."
On his career high 18 points:
"This is the first time I have scored 18 points here at Arizona, and that's a pretty cool feeling. We definitely needed a game like this. It felt good, I'm happy for everyone else."
Junior Kevin Parrom:
On if they needed a game like this:
"Yeah we started to get away from pushing the ball and that's what coach has been talking about in practice, this was a good team effort all the way around."
On his teammates' efforts:
"It was great to see them play. I got to be out there with Max and Tree, and I always look for Brendon when he's out there; just give the ball to the shooter."
On if they are prepared for Pac-12 play:
"I think we are a top team in the Pac-12. We just need to play hard every game and win all of our home games and at least get a split on the away games if we can't take two. Our goal though is to win all of our home games."
Senior Alex Jacobson:
On if preparing for this game was any different:
"We treated this game like any other day. We had the same focus that we do for any other game this year."
On what it was like to play again:
"It was great to be out there again. It's been a while since I've been out there. I was glad everyone got to play."