Sothrnmiss 55
Arizona 63
Date of game: 12/4/2012

Recap: Arizona vs. Southern Miss

Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) - Nick Johnson scored a game-high 23 points as eighth-ranked Arizona rallied in the second half to top Southern Miss, 63-55, on Tuesday.

Kevin Parrom added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (6-0), who remained undefeated on the season.

"This game proved how tough we are," Parrom said. "They gave us problems early on, but we figured it out and got in the zone. It was a tough game, but I'm glad we pulled through and got the win."

Neil Watson paced Southern Miss (6-2) with 17 points and Michael Craig contributed 10 with seven rebounds in the Eagles' second straight loss.

Southern Miss held an early 10-3 advantage until Arizona reeled off a 12-2 run to go on top, 15-12, on Johnson's 3-pointer with 8 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

But that would be the last lead the Wildcats would hold over the opening 20 minutes, as Southern Miss responded with a Norville Carey jumper followed by Rashard McGill's triple for a two-point edge.

It would remain a one-possession game from there until back-to-back field goals by McGill and Craig sparked a 16-9 run over the final five-plus minutes of the half to give the Eagles a 35-27 lead entering the break.

"We felt like we had the game in our hands and within our grasp, but coming into the second half we started getting loose," Watson admitted.

The second half, however, belonged to Arizona.

After Watson opened the frame with a jumper to give Southern Miss a double- digit lead, the Wildcats reeled off a 22-7 push to jump ahead, 49-44, at the midpoint of the second half.

The Eagles netted the next seven points to regain the lead, but they would then be held without a basket for nearly five minutes while Parrom and Solomon Hill each connected on a 3-pointer during a 10-0 spurt to put Arizona on top for good at 59-51.

Watson halted the drought with a jumper to get within 59-53 with a minute left, but Arizona was able to close out the game at the foul line to hang on for the win.

Game Notes

It was the first meeting between the teams since Dec. 30, 1954. Arizona leads the all-time series, 3-0 ... The Wildcats shot 45.2 percent from the floor in the game, while Southern Miss was held to 39 percent shooting ... Arizona turned the ball over 27 times ... The Eagles committed 22 turnovers.

Cal Poly schedule is an eye-opener

When Cal Poly announced its 2015 football schedule last summer, the Mustangs probably thought Idaho State might provide a breather in the first half of the season.

NASCAR News
Gordon joining Fox as full-time NASCAR analyst in 2016

Jeff Gordon will join Fox Sports in 2016 to serve as a race analyst full-time for the television network's coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as he will team with play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and analyst Darrell Waltrip in the booth.

Bills' Dareus suspended for opener

Buffalo Bills All-Pro defensive lineman Marcell Dareus has been suspended by the NFL for Week 1 of the 2015 season due to a prior arrest for drug possession.

Top Shelf: Babcock takes on biggest challenge yet

Although many folks experienced sticker shock when Mike Babcock's contract details leaked Wednesday afternoon, it's hardly surprising the coach ended up choosing the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.