NCAAB Game Recap - USC at Arizona
Thu Feb 6, 2020 9:00 PM EST

LoyMa
67
Gonz
85
F
USC
80
Ariz
85
F
Cal
65
Colora
71
F
Tul
62
Hou
75
F
WIGB
91
IUPUI
85
F
USC-Up
71
UNCA
84
F
Cin
80
WichSt
79
F
UConn
72
Tuls
56
F
UCF
68
ECU
64
F
Stetsn
65
FlGlf
62
F
TexAr
50
App
57
F
Lib
71
Jacksn
62
F
Lipsco
73
N AL
71
F
StFNY
60
Bry
73
F
Oakl
70
NoKY
73
F
ChaSo
63
Longw
71
F
NFla
82
NJIT
75
F
StFPA
70
SacHr
68
F
Hamp
85
HiPt
88
F
Detr
86
WriSt
98
F
Campbl
53
Winth
62
F
RobM
67
Merrim
62
F
GWebb
61
Presb
65
F
TexSA
85
OlDom
81
F(OT)
Elon
62
UNCW
56
F
UTEP
64
Charl
68
F
SoMis
58
Marsh
72
F
MtStM
67
LIU
63
F
(N/A)
57
FaDi
53
F
JMU
67
Drex
78
F
Tows
78
Del
84
F
TxSt
100
CoCar
63
F
W&M
50
Charl
68
F
N TX
75
MidTN
70
F
Murr
64
Belm
71
F
Oral
68
N DA
74
F
GASt
78
ULLa
80
F
GaSo
67
ULMo
65
F
UTRGV
73
UMKC
60
F
WIMil
74
IL-C
57
F
Rice
86
UAB
72
F
NMSt
71
ChiSt
49
F
APSU
68
TNSt
70
F
E KY
91
E IL
84
F
JacSt
72
SEMO
76
F
TNTec
62
TN-M
74
F
Sac
66
Web
70
F
N CO
68
S UT
60
F
Ida
50
MTSt
72
F
E WA
82
Mont
92
F
NoAZ
88
IdaSt
87
F(OT)
LaTec
54
W Ky
65
F
MorSt
58
SIU-E
49
F
CSBak
69
CBU
74
F
HI
66
UCSB
76
F
BYU
85
Portl
54
F
SCla
77
Pepp
91
F
UCDav
72
UCIrv
83
F
Stan
56
Utah
64
F(OT)
Pacif
60
USF
48
F
StMar
66
USD
60
F
UCLA
66
AzSt
84
F

Arizona 85, USC 80

Feb 6, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

USC (17-6)

33

47

80

(23) Arizona (16-6)

43

42

85

No. 23 Arizona holds on for 85-80 win over USC
Fri Feb 7, 2020 12:54 AM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Josh Green dove onto the floor and wrestled the loose ball away from a group of players before flipping it to Nico Mannion, who quickly fired another pass to Zeke Nnaji, wide open for the easy dunk.

Three Arizona freshmen. One more impressive play that shows how these Wildcats keep getting better.

Mannion scored 20 points, Nnaji and Green each added 18 and No. 23 Arizona held on for an 85-80 win over Southern Cal on Thursday night.

"We're still 18, 19 years old, so we're still getting comfortable playing this game in college," Mannion said. "It's all still pretty new for us. But the more games we have, the more comfortable we get and all three of us work really hard."

Arizona (16-6, 6-3 Pac-12) has won five of its past six and was in full control for most of this one until the final minutes.

The Wildcats led by as many as 20 during the second half, pushing to a 63-43 advantage with 12:55 remaining. USC slowly chipped away and pulled within 83-80 with five seconds left on a 3-pointer by Jonah Mathews, but Mannion responded with a pair of free throws to stop the rally.

"They're a good team obviously and it's not easy to play a full 40 minutes of defense," Mannion said. "We slipped up a little. We weren't as locked in as we should have been and they hit some good shots."

Said Arizona coach Sean Miller: "We have a very young group. We have a group with a lot to learn. We're very fortunate to win tonight."

Mannion scored 12 of his points on free throws. Nnaji grabbed 11 rebounds.

USC (17-6, 6-4) has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Trojans were led by freshman Onyeka Okongwu with 23 points. Daniel Utomi added 22. USC lost despite shooting 28 of 56 (50%) from the field.

Two of USC's usual starters - Mathews and forward Nick Rakocevic - didn't start the game because of what the school called a "violation of team rules." They both checked in at the first timeout with 13:37 left in the first half with USC trailing 12-9.

Arizona led 43-33 at halftime and was led by Green's 12 points, including three impressive dunks.

"He was flying around tonight, had great energy," Mannion said. "He had a few steals, got out in transition and that's where he's best."

USC coach Andy Enfield said he didn't think the two starters' early absence was a big factor in the loss, but the Trojans still made too many mistakes to fall into a 20-point hole before the late rally.

"We had some really dumb turnovers that led to some transition baskets for them and that hurt us," Enfield said. "We gave them an opportunity to get out in front. To give our guys credit, they battled, played hard and got some stops."

GOOD ROLE PLAYERS

Arizona graduate transfer Stone Gettings had one of his best games of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds while shooting 5 of 7 from the field, including a 3-pointer. Ira Lee came off the bench and added 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting.

Lee said he wasn't worried about nearly losing the 20-point lead in the second half.

"At the end of the day, a win is a win," Lee said. "USC is a really good team so we'll take the `W', learn from our mistakes and move on. That's conference play."

BIG PICTURE

USC: The Trojans have hit a small skid with two straight losses in conference play. It's still a physical team that could finish near the top of the Pac-12 and should be helped by playing five of its next eight games at home.

Arizona: The Wildcats are building momentum as the regular season hits its final four weeks. Green, Mannion and Nnaji are playing like veterans and the team's role players are providing great all-around minutes. The win was also the 400th of Miller's career.

UP NEXT

USC travels to face Arizona State on Saturday.

Arizona hosts UCLA on Saturday.

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Leaders

USC PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Weaver 0 0 3 2 0 0
Q. Adlesh 0 0 4 1 0 0
Arizona PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Hazzard 0 0 0 1 0 0
C. Koloko 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

USC Ariz
Points For 80 85
Field Goals 28/56-50% 26/57-46%
Three Pointers 6/17-35% 5/22-23%
Free Throws 18/24-75% 28/40-70%
Offensive Rebounds 9 12
Defensive Rebounds 21 22
Rebounds 33 35
Blocks 3 2
Steals 3 6
Turnovers 12 6
Personal Fouls 27 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Ariz Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Feb 6 USC 80 @ Ariz 85 K. Sturdivant 1 J. Baker 2

Game Information

Stadium: McKale Memorial Center, Tucson, Arizona
Attendance: 13,816
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