Arizona blows out Clemson

Arizona bounced back from a loss to Florida in convincing fashion, as it defeated Clemson 63-47 at McKale Center.

In what may have been a must win game early in the season, Arizona led from start to finish, as it defeated Clemson 63-47 at McKale Center.

Arizona jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with a layup by Jesse Perry. After a bucket by Clemson's Tanner Smith, Jordin Mayes hit a three and Kyle Fogg hit two free throws to give the Wildcats a 7-2 lead going into the media timeout. Clemson ended the run with a two from Bernard Sullivan, but Josiah Turner came back from his one-game suspension to hit a reverse layup as Arizona led 9-4 with about 13 minutes left.

A minute or so later, Kevin Parrom had a block on a breakaway by Clemson and then came back and hit a three. Solomon Hill then added a three of his own and the 15-6 Arizona lead caused Clemson's Brad Brownell to call a timeout. Jennings tried to stop the run with a jumper, but Nick Johnson has an answer of his own. Turner then hit a free throws and on Arizona's next possession, a Johnson two-pointer gave Arizona the 20-10 lead with under eight minutes left.

Hill then added two on a goaltend and Johnson had his second huge dunk of the game, forcing another timeout as the Wildcats opened up a 24-10 lead. Clemson then quickly cut the lead to single digits, as Devin Booker contributed a bucket and Andre Young added four points, cutting the UA lead to 24-16 with 3:31 left in the half.

The run stopped with a free throw by Angel Chol and Fogg hit two of his own a few minutes later to get Arizona's lead back in the double digits and a Mayes layup at the end of the half extended the lead as the Wildcats led 29-16 at the half.

Arizona started the half with a jumper from Johnson that was answered with a three from Young. However, Hill came right back with a two of his own and Arizona maintained a 13-point lead. After two free throws by Booker, Johnson hit a jumper, Hill added one of his own, and Mayes scored on a breakaway to force a timeout and give Arizona the 39-21 lead with 15:20 left.

Clemson scored four quick points to cut the lead to 14 and then K.J. McDaniels made a basket to bring it to 12 with about 13 minutes left. However, Turner scored and stopped Clemson's momentum as Arizona took the 41-27 lead. A few minutes later, a three-point play by Booker cut Arizona's lead to 12, but Brendon Lavender had an answer with a three of his own.

A McDaniels dunk and three by Young brought Clemson within ten, but once again the Wildcats had an answer, as Angelo Chol was able to score and bring the lead back up to 12 with about seven minutes left in regulation. McDaniels came down and hit a three about a minute later and for the first time in a while, Clemson was within single digits.

T.J. Sapp then made his first field goal of the game after starting 0-7 from the field and Sean Miller was forced to call timeout with the Wildcats only up seven with 4:23 left. A layup by Hill killed Clemson's run and then he added another to bring the lead to 11 with about three minutes left. Turner then ran the break and had a no look bounce pass that was left for Johnson, as his dunk brought the crowd to its feet and basically ended the game, as Arizona led 55-42 with 2:50 left.

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