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Arizona basketball: Parrom's 'hustle' secures tourney victory

2012-12-27T00:00:00Z 2014-08-01T11:23:20Z Arizona basketball: Parrom's 'hustle' secures tourney victoryBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 27, 2012 12:00 am  • 

HONOLULU - Not to be lost in the late-game heroics of Johnson and Lyons was the fact that Kevin Parrom was the team's second-leading scorer Tuesday - and the one who ultimately secured the win by wrestling away the ball that Johnson swatted from Chase Tapley.

"At the end of games you usually win because of a second shot," UA coach Sean Miller said. "It was not only a great shot block, but I thought Kevin did a great job of hustling to secure the ball that allowed them not to get another shot off."

Parrom had 17 points, hit 3 of 5 three-pointers, grabbed five rebounds, dished out two assists, snatched a steal and had no turnovers against the Aztecs.

"To win a tournament, you have to get contributions from a lot of guys," Miller said, "and that's the other thing about our team - we have a number of different players who can step up, and I thought Kevin was a big difference in (the) game."

Much-needed rest

After playing three games in four days and pulling out two last-second wins over Top 25 teams over 10 days, Arizona will finally receive a late holiday rest.

"Our guys need a break," Miller said.

The Wildcats flew home Wednesday and will have today, Friday and Saturday off before resuming practice on Sunday to prepare for a Jan. 3 game with Colorado and the beginning of Pac-12 play.

Some of the Western-based players went straight to their homes for the break, but Mark Lyons, of Schenectady, N.Y., said he would simply hang out and get back to work.

"Just head back to Tucson, enjoy my couple of days of and get ready for Colorado," Lyons said, referring to UA's Pac-12 opener on Jan. 3.

Hill named MVP

Solomon Hill was named MVP of the Diamond Head Classic, and Lyons joined him on the all-tournament team. Tapley was also named to the all-tournament team, as was Mississippi's Murphy Holloway and Indiana State's Jake Odum.

Hill was given an outrigger canoe paddle trophy for winning the award.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 9 1 0 0.900
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 8 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 5 2 0 0.714
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Arizona State at
Marquette
12/16 71-78
Loyola Marymount at
Stanford
12/17 7:00 pm
Grambling at
Washington
12/17 9:00 pm
DePaul at
Oregon State
12/18 8:00 pm
Eastern Washington at
California
12/19 8:00 pm
Arizona at
UTEP
12/19 9:00 pm
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 1:00 pm
UCLA at
Kentucky
12/20 1:30 pm
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 7:00 pm
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 7:00 pm
USC at
Boston College
12/21 2:00 pm
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
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