No. 7 Arizona MBB wins a close battle against No. 19 USC


Jackie Cabrera

Arizona men’s basketball player Kerr Kriisa celebrates his 3-point shot against UCLA on Feb. 3 in McKale Center. Kerr ended up scoring a total of 16 points.

Ryan Wohl

For the first time since the 2015-16 season, the Arizona men’s basketball team has beaten both L.A. schools (UCLA and USC) in the same year. They now move to 19-2 on the season and 9-1 in Pac-12 play.

The Wildcats outscored the Trojans 72-63 in the contest. Azuolas Tubelis looked like his normal self in this game, finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Wildcats shot the ball well from deep on limited attempts. They were four for 10 shots from the three-point line.

Kerr Kriisa had his best shooting performance in a few weeks where he totaled 13 points while making three shots from deep. His turnover issue is starting to become a problem, he turned the ball over four times in the game.

Dalen Terry is the heart and soul of the team and he showed that in this game. He scored nine points to go along with four rebounds and four assists.

Arizona’s defense played very well down the stretch and that is thanks to their defensive leader: Christian Koloko. He finished the game with 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

The Wildcats move to 14-0 at home on the season and 3-2 against top-20 teams in the country. The Arizona mens basketball team heads to Tempe, Arizona to play their in-state rival Arizona State on Monday night.

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