Wildcats advance to finals with win

Arizona defeated USC 67-62 at Staples Friday night to advance to the Pac-10 championship on Saturday.

Arizona had a five-point halftime lead and carried it throughout the game, as the Wildcats defeated USC 67-62 on Friday night to advance to the Pac-10 Tournament championship.

Derrick Williams led Arizona with 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting and also added six rebounds, as USC struggled to contain him throughout.

Jesse Perry had 11 points and four rebounds while Jordin Mayes scored eight points in 12 minutes, six of which came on three pointers.

The score was 42-36 in favor of Arizona with 14 minutes left in regulation and Mayes hit a three to go up nine. After USC scored, Mayes hit another three to give Arizona a ten-point lead.

Seconds later, Mayes scored once again and the Wildcats were cruising with a 12-point lead.

USC then went on an 11-3 run and the Wildcats once again found themselves in a close game.

After a Perry made free throw, Williams scored four straight points and the UA built a 58-49 lead with a little over five minutes left.

The Trojans then scored six straight and Arizona's lead was cut to three before Williams found Jamelle Horne for a big three.

Despite the Trojans' best efforts, they could not get back into the game as Williams hit his free throws at the end and the Wildcats kept moving forward.

UA shot 43 percent from the field while USC shot 49 percent. However, Arizona hit 8-19 threes with six players hitting at least one.

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