Mark Lyons scored 18 points to help ninth-ranked Arizona beat host Utah 68-64 in a Pac-12 men's basketball game.
SALT LAKE CITY — Arizona coach Sean Miller changed his lineup, hoping his men’s basketball team would rebound from its worst loss of the season.
It worked, although Sunday’s 68-64 victory over Utah was hardly easy for the ninth-ranked Wildcats, who blew a 13-point second-half lead but finished strong to avoid a third straight defeat.
“I don’t think we played any different (down the stretch),” said freshman Brandon Ashley, who was benched in favor of senior Kevin Parrom. “I just think we picked up our intensity. We saw that we needed to stop messing around and fight.”
Mark Lyons scored 18 points, Ashley added 10 in a reserve role and Solomon Hill had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (21-4 overall, 9-4 Pac-12), who lost 71-58 Thursday at Colorado.
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Ashley said the benching didn’t bother him.
“If I come off the bench and I only play five minutes a game, I’m still going to come in and show my best and impact the game in whatever ways I can — whether it’s scoring, rebounding or just playing defense,” he said.
Utah (11-14, 3-10), with three freshmen on the court, made a 14-3 run to tie the score at 51 with 7:28 left.
Parrom scored six points in the final four minutes.
“We’re at the end of the road here,” Miller said. “He’s a senior, and we’re going to ride the guys who have the most to gain and the most to lose.”
rallies past USC
BERKELEY, Calif. — Allen Crabbe contributed 23 points and 10 rebounds, Justin Cobbs scored 22 points, and California came back from 15 points down in the second half to get past USC 76-68.
Crabbe, the Pac-12’s leading scorer, got into a heated exchange with Cal coach Mike Montgomery early in the second half but regained his composure and rallied the Golden Bears (16-9, 8-5) to their third straight victory.
J.T. Terrell scored 17 points for the Trojans (12-14, 7-6).