Nick Johnson scored 14 points and No. 6 Arizona used a stifling defense to bounce back from a home loss and rout Southern California 74-50...
TUCSON, Ariz. — Nick Johnson scored 14 points and No. 6 Arizona used a stifling defense to bounce back from a home loss and rout Southern California 74-50 on Saturday night.
The Wildcats (17-2, 5-2 Pac-12) were dominant from the opening tip, jumping out to leads of 18-4 and 29-7. They were up 39-20 at halftime.
The Trojans (8-13, 3-5), who shot 28 percent, trailed by as many as 34 in the second half.
Solomon Hill added 13 points, Brandon Ashley 11 and Kaleb Tarczewski 10 for Arizona. No USC player reached double figures in the Trojans’ lowest-scoring game of the season. Jio Fontan scored nine.
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USC dropped to 1-3 since Kevin O’Neill was fired and replaced by interim coach Bob Cantu. The other two losses were by one point to Oregon and 98-93 in overtime Thursday night at Arizona State.
“Their defense was exceptional,” Cantu said. “I mean, they were very physical and very aggressive. We weren’t able to get what we did against other teams.”
This one was a blowout in a hurry.
The Wildcats, who fell behind UCLA 21-5 in Thursday night’s 84-73 home loss to the Bruins, began great against the Trojans.
USC made two of its first 19 shots and committed seven turnovers, allowing Arizona to go up 29-7 on Hill’s layup with 7:55 left in the half, the last points in an 11-0 Wildcats run.
When the Trojans managed to cut it to 36-20 with a pair of baskets in the final minute, Mark Lyons sank a three-pointer from the top of the key two seconds before the buzzer to make it 39-20 at the break.
At Arizona State 78,
The Sun Devils rode the inside play of Jordan Bachynski and Carrick Felix to defeat the Bruins and complete a sweep of the Los Angeles schools this week.
Bachynski had 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Felix added 23 points and 11 rebounds as Arizona State (16-4, 5-2 Pac-12) dominated the Bruins inside the lane. Arizona State outscored UCLA 46-26 in the paint and outrebounded the Bruins 52-33.
Jordan Adams scored 19 for UCLA (16-5, 6-2). The Bruins, the best-shooting team in the conference going into the game, shot just 35 percent from the field.
Arizona State 78, UCLA 60
WSU 71, Oregon State 68
Arizona 74, USC 50
Oregon 81, Washington 76
California at Colorado, 12:30 p.m.
Stanford at Utah, 6 p.m.