Basketball: Arizona survives Lavin in the Garden

All five Pac-12 teams in action Thursday night trailed and were in some trouble, but three came back to win . . .

   — Arizona 81, St. John’s 72: Solomon Hill led five players in double digits and the No. 15 Wildcats (4-0) outscored Steve Lavin’s Red Storm (3-1) 23-6 over the final 7 minutes at the 2K Sports Classic in Madison Square Garden. Arizoona shot 14 for 28 from the 3-point arc. Kyle Fogg scored 13 points and Jordin Mayes had 12.

   — Oregon 73, Eastern Washington 65: The Ducks (1-1) were down nine points early in the second half, but got 17 points from Garrett Sim and 15 from Tyrone Nared to prevail.

   — Washington State 79, Sacramento State 68: The Cougars (1-1) trailed by nine late in the first half but rode 23 points and eight rebounds from Brock Motum to victory. Faisal Aden had 18 points and five steals and DaVonte Lacy added 15 points for WSU.

   — San Diego State 56, USC 54: The Trojans (1-2) lost on the road to the Aztecs (4-0), who will face Cal next month. Maurice Jones had 15 points and five steals for USC.

   — Wichita State 67, Colorado 58: Carlon Brown scored 15 points but got very little help and the Buffaloes (1-1) lost in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at San Juan.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Kent Wilson

    Lavin was a horrible game day coach when he was at UCLA…but I must say, I am impressed with his transformation into what appears to be a solid gameday coach. He can still recruit…and now that he has a better grasp on how to actually coach his players, I look for St. Johns to be a program on the rise back to national prominence over the next 5 years…just hope he does not succumb to any serious rule violations.