Arizona survives at home

Arizona had its toughest game of the season Tuesday night against Southern Miss, as it won 63-55 at McKale. Read on for a complete recap of the Wildcats' win.

Arizona's game against Southern Miss was not supposed to be as difficult as it was.

Despite Arizona's struggles, however, the Wildcats were able to come out with the 63-55 home win.

Jonathan Mills started the scoring for Southern Miss with a jumper that was answered with a three-pointer by Solomon Hill. Neil Watson then hit a three of his own, Michael Craig made two from the line, and a three by Jerrold Brooks made it 8-3. After a Kaleb Tarczewski free-throw, Hill made a three-pointer before an offensive rebound by Mills made it 12-7 with about 11 minutes left in the first half.

Kevin Parrom made one of two free-throws out of a timeout and Jordin Mayes added two of his own to bring the Wildcats to within two points. A basket by Nick Johnson tied the game at 12 with under ten minutes left before he added a three-pointer to give the Wildcats the lead. Norville Carey responded with a layup and a three by Rashard McGill have the Golden Eagles the 17-15 lead with about seven minutes left in the half.

Angelo Chol was able to hit one of two free-throws before Craig hit a jumper to put Southern Miss up three. Johnson got to the line, but only hit one of his two attempts to bring Arizona within 19-17 with 6:29 left in the first half. Brandon Ashley got to the line and he too only made one of his two free-throw attempts before McGill hit a jumper. Craig then hit one the next time down court and Arizona was down 23-18.

Johnson was able to make a floater coming out of a timeout, but Mills answered right back with an offensive rebound and put back. Cedric Jenkins was able to get his first points off a turnover to put the Golden eagles up 27-20 with 2:12 left. Tarczewski made both of his free-throws to bring the Wildcats within five, but a jumper by Watson got the seven-point lead right back.

Johnson answered with jumper of his own, but Jenkins hit a three-pointer to go up 32-24. Watson was then able to nail desperation three, but Johnson answered at the buzzer to cut the Southern Miss lead to 35-27 at the half.

Watson started the half with a layup, but Parrom got one of his own shortly after. Johnson then got a steal and breakaway dunk and forced a turnover on a five-second call before a dunk by Tarczewski made it 37-33 and forced a Southern Miss timeout. Out of the timeout, Tarczewski scored on an offensive rebound, but Watson answered with a three-point play to make it 40-35 with about 17 minutes left.

Watson then came down and hit another jumper, but Johnson was able to get into the lane and hit a layup. Coming out of a timeout, Johnson found an opening on the baseline and dunked it home to bring the Wildcats within 42-39, but Carey had an answer. Parrom then scored seconds later to cut the lead right back to three and Mayes got fouled, knocking down both free-throws to make it 44-43 in favor of Southern Miss.

Mayes came up with another steal and fed Johnson for a layup to give the Wildcats the 45-44 lead with 13 minutes left. Mark Lyons made two free-throws coming out of a timeout to put Arizona up three and Parrom got an offensive rebound and scored to make it 49-44 with about ten minutes left in the half. Jenkins was able to answer with a three-point play to bring the Golden Eagles within two.

Craig was able to tie the game with a basket in the paint and Brooks gave the Golden Eagles the two-point lead not too long after. Parrom was able to score shortly after to tie the game and then hit a three to give the UA the 54-51 lead with 4:30 left.

Both teams went scoreless for the next two minutes until Hill hit a three-pointer out of a timeout to put Arizona up six.

Arizona was able to get the ball back and Parrom got to the line, as he knocked down both free-throws and Arizona went up 59-51 with about a minute left.

A layup by Watson brought the Golden Eagles to within six points, but Johnson hit two ensuing free-throws to put Arizona up eight and basically end the game.

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