9:00 PM ET, March 11, 2011
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
LOS ANGELES -- Arizona spent a lost weekend in Los Angeles two weeks ago, getting swept instead of clinching the Pac-10 regular-season title the first chance it had.The Wildcats' latest visit is going much better.Derrick Williams scored 20 points and Arizona (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) held off Southern California 67-62 Friday night to earn a spot in the Pac-10 tournament title game for the first time since 2005."We played better. We handled it better," Wildcats coach Sean Miller said. "I thought part of what's helped us here this weekend is we came here trying to be better than we were a couple weeks ago, and our team is more together and has a better mindset. If there was a total team win we had this season, tonight was the night."
• Derrick Williams scored a team-high 20 points to go with six boards to help Arizona advance to the Pac-10 final.
• Arizona reached its first Pac-10 tournament final since losing to Washington in 2005. Arizona has not won it since 2002, when the tournament returned from an 11-season hiatus.
• USC saw its four-game Pac-10 tournament win streak come to an end.
• Marcus Simmons led the Trojans with 20 points while Nikola Vucevic added a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-53 (.491)||24-55 (.436)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-18 (.278)||8-19 (.421)|
|FT Made-Attempted||5-9 (.556)||11-16 (.688)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|