Arizona was able to defeat USC on Thursday due to a variety of reasons. Read on for notes on how the Wildcats came up with a win.
fell behind early to USC
on Thursday night, but went on a big run to end the first half and the Wildcats never looked back from that point.
UA ultimately defeated the Trojans 70-54 to improve to 11-5 in conference play with just two games remaining. It was far from a perfect performance by Arizona, but it dominated the final 27 minutes and never really allowed the Trojans back in the contest after taking the lead late in the first half.
Josiah Turner was late for a team meeting and was benched to begin the contest. The freshman responded as well as he could on the court when he was inserted into the game, scoring 15 points and dishing out six assists without committing a single turnover. Turner also did an admirable job on the defensive end of the floor by picking up two steals.
After a sluggish start where the team found itself in an eight point deficit, UA went on a 12-0 run to end the first half and took off from there. Led by a senior playing his final home series in college and a freshman who was benched to start the game, Arizona was able to avoid the upset.
Kyle Fogg came through with another impressive performance on Thursday. The senior finished the contest with a team-high 16 points and put in the extra effort on the boards by grabbing 12 rebounds. Fogg shot 6-for-12 overall and 2-for-5 from beyond the arc to help pace the UA offense.
On defense, Fogg combined with Turner to shut down the perimeter. The Trojans shot just 5-for-21 from three point land and had trouble consistently knocking down jump shots throughout the game.
The Wildcats put forth another impressive performance on the defensive end of the floor. USC was held to just 38.6 percent shooting (23.8 from beyond the arc) and the Wildcats prevented the Trojans from earning too many second chances by allowing them to grab just seven offensive rebounds. UA also accomplished their goals defensively without allowing USC too many attempts at the free throw line. The Trojans shot just eight times total from the charity stripe.
UA moved the ball around well, collecting 17 assists on 26 made field goals while turning the ball over just 10 times.
Arizona won the battle of the boards convincingly, out-rebounding Southern California 38-31 and a large portion of that can be attributed to the Wildcats' guards. Arizona's backcourt of Turner and Fogg actually out-rebounded the frontcourt of Jesse Perry and Solomon Hill 15-10.
The Wildcats' slow start put them in a hole early that made the home fans nervous. USC took a 24-16 lead at the 7:58 mark of the first half while the UA struggled to find its offensive game. Arizona woke up on offense shortly after, however, and outscored the Trojans 54-30 the rest of the way.