Wildcats cruise to first Pac-12 road win

Arizona opened up a quick 6-0 lead and never looked back as it defeated USC 57-46 on Sunday. Read on for a recap of the victory.

Arizona built a lead early and never looked back, as it received its first Pac-12 road win with a 57-46 win over USC on Sunday.

A layup by Solomon Hill and four points from Jesse Perry gave Arizona a quick 6-0 lead only a few minutes in the game. The Trojans were able to get on the board due to Maurice Jones, but Perry already had six points by the 14 minute mark, as Arizona led 10-3.

With Arizona up 12-3 after a spectacular dunk by Nick Johnson, DeWayne Dedmon hit a layup and was fouled, as the free throw brought the Trojans within six points. However, Kyle Fogg got three points right back at the free throw line when he was fouled shooting behind the arc.

A few minutes later, Josiah Turner had a fast break dunk and Johnson had a layup off a pass from Perry, as USC had to take a timeout down 19-8 with about 8:40 left in the first half. Perry added another layup and Hill added two free throw as Arizona kept building its lead and the Trojans had no answers.

Arizona's lead reached 28-10 with a Kyryl Natyazhko offensive rebound and a bucket with a little over four minutes left in the half. Two free throws by Brendon Lavender gave Arizona a 29-12 lead with under three minutes left in the half and the first three-pointer of the game, by Fogg, gave Arizona a 32-12 lead before two free throws and a layup off a steal made it 32-16 at the half.

Hill started the second half with a jumper and two free throws, but USC answered with six straight points to cut the lead to 37-22 with 16:40 left in the second half. Arizona's lead stayed in that range until Dedmon scored on a rebound to bring the score to 39-26 going into the timeout with a little over 13 minutes left.

Arizona's lead went to 17 points with a layup by Perry, but Jones came back with a three before another Perry bucket forced a timeout by the Trojans. A layup by Eric Strangis out of the timeout and two free throws by Jones cut Arizona's lead to 12 and eventually the Trojans were able to cut it to ten. However, Jordin Mayes came right back and made a layup, but missed the ensuing free throw as Arizona led 49-37 with about eight minutes left.

A few minutes later, Arizona carried a 53-37 lead when Byron Wesley tried to give USC momentum with a jumper. Wesley hit another jumper and Dedmon added a bucket of his own, as the Trojans cut it to 55-43 with over two minutes left in the game. However, Arizona basically put it out of reach when Perry scored his 20th point with one second left on the shot clock.


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