Pac-12 Tournament: USC sends Arizona home early with 78-65 loss

Pac-12 Tournament: USC sends Arizona home early with 78-65 loss

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The Wildcats’ season likely ended on a sour note Wednesday with a 78-65 loss to Southern Cal in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament.

The ninth-seeded Wildcats (17-15, 8-10 Pac-12) entered the tournament as two-time defending champions and were looking for their sixth Pac-12 tournament title. it was their 22nd tournament appearance.

Ryan Luther led UA with 16 points while Brandon Williams had 13 and Ira Lee added 11 points. No Wildcat had more than eight rebounds or four assists.

Bennie Boatwright led USC with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.

The game was tied at halftime, but the Trojans outscored the Wildcats 38-25 in the second half.

Arizona has no shot at making the NCAA tournament and even an NIT invite may be a stretch. The Wildcats could get to play in the CollegeInsider.com tournament.

Wildcats head coach Sean Miller was twice asked about his future with the team. Both times his reply was “I’m not going to comment on that.”

The Trojans (16-16, 8-10) are the No. 8 seed in this year’s tournament.

Arizona is 5-1 against USC in Pac-12 Tournament play now. The Widlcats beat the Trojans, 75-61, in last year’s championship game to win their second straight title.

On Arizona’s current roster, only Dylan Smith, Brandon Randolph and Alex Barcello have appeared in the Pac-12 tournament.

In their previous regular-season meeting on Jan. 24, USC routed Arizona 80-57.

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