UA basketball: Arizona 81, St. John's 72, final

2011-11-17T19:00:00Z 2014-01-24T16:00:07Z UA basketball: Arizona 81, St. John's 72, finalBruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 17, 2011 7:00 pm  • 

NEW YORK - The Arizona Wildcats hit nine first-half three pointers and wore out St. John's down the stretch to win a 2K Sports Classic semifinal game 81-72 tonight at Madison Square Garden.

Solomon Hill had 15 points for the Wildcats, while Jesse Perry had 11 points and nine rebounds.

Arizona will now face Mississippi State in the 2K Sports Classic final today at about 5 p.m. Tucson time.

St. John's lead 68-67 with 4:22 to go but Solomon Hill made two three pointers and Kyle Fogg hit a three shortly thereafter while UA went on to outscore St. John's 13-4 the rest of the way.

There was a minor scuffle toward the end of the game that involved UA guard Josiah Turner and several other players on both sides but officials did not call a foul after reviewing what happened.

St. John's Nurideen Lindsey fouled out with 4:02 left, crippling St. John's ability to make a late run.

Early in the second half, St. John's went on a 13-2 run to take a 62-56 lead by the time Nurideen Lindsey scored with 9:59 to go.

In the first half, seven Wildcats hit three pointers while Arizona took a 44-41 halftime lead. Hill led UA with nine points, while Perry had six rebounds.

After some initial turnover trouble, the Wildcats rebounded thanks to their shooting and depth. With Kevin Parrom playing his second game since returning from gunshot wounds in September, hitting 2 of 4 three-pointers himself in front of hometown friends and family, six other Wildcats hit long-range shots.

Arizona was 9 for 17 overall from three. The most it had made previously so far this season was eight, against Ball State last Sunday.

Nick Johnson hit his first three late in the half, cutting St. John's lead to 34-32 with four minutes to go. Before that, it was Kyle Fogg making his first three three-pointer, cutting St. John's lead to 32-29 with 5:43 left. Fogg missed his first two three-point attempts.

St. John's had gone ahead 31-26 on a short jumper by Malik Stith after the Red Storm pulled down the rebound on God'sgift Achiuwa's missed free throw.

The game was tied at several times midway through the half.

Parrom and Hill both made two early three-pointers. Hill was only 1 for 5 from three over UA's first three games.

Arizona led 19-17 with 11:27 left, after a turnover by Sidiki Johnson on last play before time out.

Turner, who came off the bench behind Jordin Mayes, hit a three pointer shortly after entering game at the first media timeout. Turner was playing his first game since sitting out Sunday's UA-Ball State game.

Parrom hit UA's first field goal, a three-pointer with 16:30 left. He entered two minutes into the game, while UA moved out center Kyryl Natyazhko, and UA went with a small lineup for most of the first half.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 2 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 2 1 0 0.667
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 2 1 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 2 2 0 0.500
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 1 2 0 0.333

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Colorado at
Wyoming
11/22 33-56
Duke at
Stanford
11/22 33-56
Long Beach State at
UCLA
11/23 8:00 pm
Missouri at
Arizona
11/24 3:00 pm
@Arizona State, @Maryland 11/24 5:00 pm
@Oklahoma State, @Oregon State 11/24 6:30 pm
@Michigan, @Oregon 11/24 7:30 pm
Air Force at
Colorado
11/25 7:00 pm
Cal State-Fullerton at
USC
11/25 9:00 pm
Delaware at
Stanford
11/25 9:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Cal Poly at
California
11/26 8:00 pm
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