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USC Recap 1/31/2008
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/01/2008
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LOS ANGELES (AP) --?Chase Budinger had 29 points and eight rebounds to lead Arizona to an 80-69 victory over USC Thursday night in a crucial Pacific-10 Conference game.

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Budinger scored 18 points in the second half and made 11 of 20 field goals, including 4 of 7 from the perimeter for the Wildcats (15-6, 5-3).

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O.J. Mayo scored 23 points,?Davon Jefferson had 19 points and?Taj Gibson added 17 for the Trojans (13-7, 4-4). Starting guard?Daniel Hackett suffered a bruised hip early in the first half after diving for a loose ball and did not return.

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Arizona senior Jawann McClellan scored 13 of his 23 points in the first half, making a trio of 3-pointers as the Wildcats finished the first half with a 34-31 lead. McClellan also had eight rebounds.

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Budlinger scored a 3-pointer to tie the game 55-55 with 8:19 left in the second half and Arizona pulled away from there.

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Jerryd Bayless added 10 points while?Jordan Hill had a game-high 10 rebounds for the Wildcats.

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Arizona made 10 of 21 3-pointers and finished with a 37-30 rebounding advantage. Arizona grabbed 16 offensive rebounds and scored 21 second-change points.

UA guard Nic Wise had a nice line in 36 minutes off the bench, with nine points, eight assists and a steal -- and no turnovers from the point.

Arizona won its fourth consecutive game and improved to 15-6 overall and 5-3 in league play. USC dropped to 13-7 and 4-4.

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