January 19, 2007
Disappointing effort for Arizona
Arizona dropped its second straight game Thursday night as the fell to Nick Young's 30-point performance in a loss to USC in Los Angeles by the score of 80-73. Young was the spark plug for the Trojans all night and went 13-19 from the field along with eight rebounds.
The Wildcats took an early lead but were never able to really put any significant distance between themselves and the Trojans. Arizona took its largest lead at 14-6 at the 13:05 mark of the first half. It was all down hill from there.
Though they held around a two-point lead for most of the first half, the Wildcats had some trouble on both ends of the court and watched their shooting percentage dwindle as the half wore on. By halftime Arizona was shooting 35% from the field and 28% from three-point range.
And then there were the turnovers. It was widely known that USC boasts one of the stingiest defenses in the conference and Thursday was no exception as Arizona managed to commit 12 turnovers by halftime.
The second half turned out to be more of the same for the Wildcats and though point guard Mustafa Shakur was able to help Arizona secure a 39-37 lead early in the half, that would be their last lead of the game.
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