No. 15 Arizona Surges Past St. John's

By Tony Piraro

NEW YORK – The Arizona Wildcats went on a 23-6 run in the second half of Thursday’s game, as they slipped past St. John’s 81-72 from Madison Square Garden. After winning in the semifinals of the 2K Coaches vs Cancer Classic, the Wildcats will meet Mississippi State (3-1) in the Championship on Friday night from MSG. With the victory, the undefeated Arizona Wildcats move to 4-0 on the young season.

Solomon Hill led the way for Arizona, scoring 15 points for the Wildcats on Thursday. The Cats actually led by three points heading to halftime, and built that lead to 54-47 in the early moments of the second half. However, St. John’s stormed back in the familiar MSG, surrounded by mass supporters at the supposed “neutral” site. The Red Storm went on a 12-2 run, taking the lead and game into their hands. With minutes left in the game, St. John’s found themselves up 66-58 over a beleaguered Wildcat bunch.

However, Arizona never stopped coming after Lavin’s squad. The Cats got hot from behind the arc, lighting up the scoreboard to the tune of a 16-2 run with 3:10 left on the clock. No. 15 Arizona was now looking at a 74-68 lead late in the second half. The Wildcats finished up 14-for-29 from behind the arc for the game, en route to win No. 4. Sophomore Jordan Mayes (pictured) scored 12 points for the Wildcats off the bench in just 21 minutes of action Thursday night.

Nurideen Lindsey had 18 points for the Red Storm and D’Angelo Harrison added 16 for Steve Lavin and company. But both fouled out, leaving the Red Storm even thinner, especially in the backcourt late in the game.

No. 15 Arizona (4-0) will play Mississippi State (3-1) in the 2K Coaches vs Cancer Classic Championship Game from Madison Square Garden on Friday night. The Wildcats will be looking to stay unbeaten during a season when many picked them to be in the middle of the pack. You can guarantee Arizona head coach Sean Miller will have his guys ready to go every time they step out onto the floor. After the MSU game, Arizona’s next game will be Wednesday night against San Diego State (3-1) from Tuscon.

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