Nick Johnson had 14 points in another solid game, Solomon Hill had two big baskets among his 13 points and Arizona rode a big first-half cushion to a 63-47 win over Clemson on Saturday.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Nick Johnson had 14 points in another solid game, Solomon Hill had two big baskets among his 13 points and Arizona rode a big first-half cushion to a 63-47 win over Clemson on Saturday.
Arizona (7-3) jumped on the Tigers early, building a 16-point lead by halftime and let up only a little, shooting 51 percent against one of the ACC’s best defensive teams. The Wildcats played a little defense of their own, holding Clemson to 16 first-half points and 4 for 19 from three-point range overall.
Hill added seven rebounds and six assists for Arizona, which has a week off before facing No. 23 Gonzaga on the road.
Clemson (4-4) got off to a miserable start offensively and never fully recovered, missing all nine of its three-point shots in the first half while shooting 31 percent overall.
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Andre Young led the Tigers with 17 points.
The Wildcats were coming off a rough week.
Forward Sidiki Johnson, part of coach Sean Miller’s stellar recruiting class, left the program. Josiah Turner, another freshman, was suspended against No. 12 Florida on Wednesday night for violating team rules. Arizona wore down against the bigger Gators, losing a seven-point lead with six minutes left and eventually the game 78-72 in overtime.
At UCLA 77, Pennsylvania 73
Lazeric Jones scored 21 points and UCLA survived a late scoring binge by Tyler Bernardini to beat Pennsylvania in the Bruins’ first home game of the season at Honda Center.
Joshua Smith from Kentwood High School added 12 points despite foul trouble for the Bruins (3-5), who played their first game since junior Reeves Nelson was dismissed from the team for repeated insubordination. Travis Wear also had 12 points and twin brother David added 11.
Bernardini scored a career-high 29 points, including eight of his team’s 12 three-pointers. Rob Belcore added 13 points, hitting a three-pointer to end the game for the Quakers (5-6).
New Mexico 44, at USC 41
Tony Snell hit two free throws with 1:27 left to put New Mexico ahead and the Lobos held on to beat USC.
The Lobos went without a field goal for the final 14:16, but made 11 free throws in that span to fend off the Trojans.
After Snell put New Mexico ahead, A.J. Hardemann made two free throws with 17 seconds remaining. USC’s attempt to tie came up short when Mo Jones’ three-point try at the buzzer missed everything.
Drew Gordon had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Lobos (7-2). Jones scored 19 points as the only player in double figures for USC (4-6).
At Arizona State 60, North Dakota State 57
Carrick Felix hit a 23-footer at the buzzer to give Arizona State a win over North Dakota State.
The Bison (7-2) had tied it on Mike Felt’s three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left after the Sun Devils (4-5) missed two free throws in the final 25 seconds.
Felix scored 15 points and Kyle Cain added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Arizona State.
BYU 61, at Utah 42
Noah Hartsock scored 19 points and collected seven rebounds and Charles Abouo added 11 points and six rebounds to lead Brigham Young over Utah.
Hartsock scored 14 points in the second half alone to help the Cougars (8-2) break out of a first-half shooting slump and hand the Utes their eighth straight loss.
Josh Watkins had 14 points and five assists to lead the Utes (1-8) in his first game after serving a one-game suspension for violating team rules.