After struggling early, Arizona takes care of business by dispatching USC 70-54. Josiah Turner scored a career-high 15 points and Kyle Fogg has his second career double-double.
Arizona improved to 20-9 overall and 11-5 in the Pac-12.
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Point guard Jordin Mayes, who had missed five consecutive games with a stress reaction in his left foot, came into the game with 1:49 to play. Arizona led 65-49 at the time, so his appearance in mop-up time was just a way to get him back in the flow before Saturday’s game against UCLA.
It’s a good sign in that Mayes should have enough time to ramp up before postseason play.
(Mayes hit a jumper with 20.4 seconds left … and Alex Jacobson gets the assist.
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Josiah Turner has 13 points, six assists and no turnovers with 5:22 to go. Arizona leads 60-48. Seems like not letting him start the game was good motivation.
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Arizona still sloppy but maintaining a 10-point lead — 54-44 — with 7:17 to play. The guard play of Josiah Turner and Kyle Fogg has carried the Cats so far.