No. 16 Arizona beats USC 67-62 in Pac-10 tourneyPosted: Updated:
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Derrick Williams scored 20 points and No. 16 Arizona held off Southern California 67-62 Friday night to earn a spot in the Pac-10 tournament title game for the first time since 2005.
The top-seeded Wildcats (27-6) have won 12 of 14 games and will play either No. 3 seed Washington or seventh-seeded Oregon in Saturday's championship, a trophy they last won in 2002.
Jesse Perry added 11 points for Arizona, which had its 25-year NCAA tournament streak end last year when the Wildcats stayed home.
But as the Pac-10's highest-ranked team this season, they're headed back under league coach of the year Sean Miller regardless of how they fare Saturday.
Marcus Simmons, the Pac-10's defensive player of the year, led the Trojans with a career-high 20 points. Nikola Vucevic scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and had 12 rebounds.