It was the Wildcats' first loss to USC in five meetings.
LOS ANGELES — By moving the ball and creating quality shots, Southern California cruised to one of its best wins in years.
Eric Wise scored 22 points to lead five Trojans players in double figures, propelling USC to an 89-78 victory over No. 11 Arizona on Wednesday night.
Southern California (13-15, 8-7 Pac-12) shot 33 for 54 from the field, led by Wise’s 9 for 12. Byron Wesley added 18 points, J.T. Terrell had 14 and Jio Fontan scored 12 with nine assists. Aaron Fuller also had 12 points.
It was USC’s first win over a ranked team since it beat then-No. 10 Arizona two years ago.
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“It’s a tremendous victory for the team and for the program,” interim coach Bob Cantu said. “We played for 40 minutes, we got stops when we needed and we shot the ball really, really well. We shot 61 percent, which was big-time against a tremendous team. I believe Arizona’s a team that can be in the Final Four, without any question. Tonight was our night.”
Solomon Hill led Arizona (23-5, 11-5) with 21 points and Kevin Parrom had 16. It was the Wildcats’ first loss to USC in five meetings.
“Our offense, although not perfect, we got to the foul line 30 times,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said. “I think we had 13 turnovers, and although you would like to have less than that, it wasn’t really a problem.
“We had some threes that didn’t go in, but when you look at this game, it was about our inability to stop USC. And you have to give USC a lot of credit; they made timely shots.”
USC led throughout the game, going up by as many as 10 points in the first half and increasing its lead to 13 in the second half. Arizona held an 18-16 lead midway through the first half, but the Trojans went on a 5-0 run to take the lead and never trailed again.
Colorado 65, at Stanford 63
Andre Roberson scored a career-high 24 points and helped spark an 18-2 second-half run to power Colorado. Roberson, the leading rebounder in the country going into the night, had eight boards and finished 9 of 13 from the floor. Colorado (19-8, 9-6 Pac-12) has won eight of 10 since opening conference play 1-4 but remains in a logjam in the middle of the standings.
At UCLA 79, Arizona State 74 (OT)
Jordan Adams scored 22 points, Kyle Anderson had a career-high 21 points and 15 rebounds, and UCLA (21-7, 11-4) held off Arizona State in overtime to gain a share of the Pac-12 lead. Adams scored six points in overtime, hitting a crucial layup when the Bruins were clinging to a one-point lead. ASU’s Jonathan Gilling tied his career high with six three-pointers.