Portsmouth Invitational Tournament 2013: Mark Lyons helps team to Championship

Harry How

Mark Lyons had his best outing yet in the championship game of the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

After an ugly beginning to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Arizona Wildcats guard Mark Lyons rebounded in a big way. A 2-for-10 shooting debut was only remedied as Lyons got better throughout the week in Virginia.

On Friday, Lyons led the team in steals for the second game in a row and got a tad more efficient. He hit 4-of-11 shots from the floor, went 1-for-4 from three-point range and had one assist to two turnovers in 29 minutes of play. Lyons' K&D Roundscaping team pulled out an 82-79 squeaker against Portsmouth Partnership, a squad that included Lyons' cryptonite -- UCLA Bruins senior Larry Drew II.

Lyons got the last laugh against the point guard who had dominated the UA point guard up until the Wildcats' two-point loss to the Bruins in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals. Drew II, the former Arizona recruit, played a team-high 32 minutes but tallied one point, five assists and three turnovers. He went 0-for-3 from the floor.

Only taking another step forward after exacting a minimal but important bit of revenge against Drew, Lyons scored 20 points on Saturday in the Portsmouth Tournament Championship game. K&D rolled 87-78 as the Arizona guard shot 5-for-10 from the floor, hit 3-of-5 three-pointers and also got to the foul stripe -- what have we been telling you this whole season, Mark? Lyons also had his best assists game with four dimes to three turnovers.

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