Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) - Derrick Williams scored a game-high 20 points as the Arizona Wildcats captured an 82-73 win over the USC Trojans in Pac-10 Conference play at the McKale Center. Williams, who made all six of his field goal attempts, including a perfect 3- of-3 behind the three-point line, was on the floor for just 18 minutes as the Wildcats (18-4, 7-2 Pac-10) won their third straight and the sixth in the last seven outings. Lamont Jones also shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor as he finished with 17 points, followed by Kevin Parrom with 10 off the bench.
The Trojans (12-10, 4-5) were paced by Nikola Vucevic with 18 points, followed by Donte Smith and Jio Fontan with 14 and 12 points, respectively, as the squad bowed for the second time in the last three games. Shooting 60 percent from the floor in the first half, Arizona moved out to a 40-31 lead at the break. USC converted a mere 1-of-7 beyond the arc and 2-of-8 at the free-throw line in the period.
The Wildcats shot a sizzling 62.5 percent from the field in the second half, including 6-of-10 out on the perimeter, as they claimed the nine-point decision at home. The Trojans shot just 6-of-19 beyond the arc and also hurt themselves with a mere 13-of-25 accuracy at the charity stripe.
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