User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools
 
Recap: Arizona 66, Clemson 54
Line Movements
Date: December 08, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
  

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Arizona coach Sean Miller knew all about Mark Lyons' offense, speed and ball-handling skills.

What Miller was really glad to see at Clemson on Saturday night was Lyons' toughness and determination.

Lyons had a season-high 20 points and helped the eighth-ranked Wildcats rally in the second half and defeat the Tigers 66-54.

Advertisement

Arizona had already squandered a 14-point lead in the opening half and was trailing 42-36 - and facing a loud crowd at Littlejohn Coliseum - when Lyons and his teammates dug in.

The result? A back-breaking 25-7 run over the next 10 minutes that gave Arizona, at 7-0, its best start in 14 years.

``He has a confidence in our huddle and a toughness about him when going against confident players because he's been in so many big games,' Miller said. ``He's contagious. And I thought one of the reasons we continued to stay with it and fight in the second half was his disposition.'

It was Lyons' highest point total in his first season at Arizona. He spent three years at Xavier, averaging in double figures his sophomore and junior seasons and helping the team to three NCAA tournament appearances.

Lyons, eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer, has thrown himself into his new surroundings.

``It's an easy transition for me because of the guys I'm playing with,' he said. ``My coach is a great point guard back in his day and he's just making me better every day.'

That was apparent at Clemson, espcially in the second half.

The Wildcats were staggering after they watched a 22-8 lead disappear and were down by six after Rod Hall's 3-pointer with a second left on the shot clock. Lyons steadied the team and got back to work.

Lyons and Solomon Hill had two free throws each and Brandon Ashley had two baskets to tie it at 44.

Clemson took its last lead moments later at 47-44 on Milton Jennings' 3-pointer with 8:38 to go.

After Jordin Mayes tied it for Arizona with a 3, Lyons found a wide-open Kaleb Tarczewski for the go-ahead layup and the Wildcats never trailed again.

When Lyons went in for a layup with 2:19 remaining, the Wildcats were ahead 61-49.

``This will help our morale,' Lyons said. ``When we go on the road, we'll be ready. And if we're ever in a close game, we know what it takes to overcome it.'

Clemson (5-3) scored just two field goals in the final 8:45. Jennings led the Tigers with 15 points in his return from a two-game suspension because of a drug arrest.

Nick Johnson had 13 points and Hill had seven points and 10 rebounds for Arizona. But it was Lyons' steady control that bailed the Wildcats out down the stretch.

Lyons led the team with four assists and hit all five of his foul shots to keep the Wildcats out front.

Miller had a few words for those people who thought Lyons' start to the season wasn't crisp enough, with too many turnovers and not enough assists.

``Look, if you leave your job and you're in a different area of the country, I bet you're not going to feel good the first month,' Miller said. ``It takes time, especially playing that role in point guard.'

K.J. McDaniels scored 13 points and Adonis Filer had 10 for the Tigers.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell was encouraged with his team's fight.

``When we play good basketball, we can play with a lot of teams,' he said.

Arizona was off to its fastest start since the 1999-2000 team was 6-0 and eventually shared the Pac-10 Conference championship.

The Wildcats, though, had to rally from 11 points down - Arizona committed 27 turnovers in that one - in their last game before holding on to beat Southern Mississippi 63-55 on Tuesday night.

Arizona came out ready in its first trip to Littlejohn Coliseum, Lyons scored five points and Johnson hit a 3-pointer to lead 15-4.

The Wildcats built the lead to 22-8 when Hill stole the ball from Jennings and passed ahead to Lyons for a wide-open dunk.

Brownell called a time out.

Clemson's players responded in the final nine minutes of the half with a 16-6 run.

Jennings got the charge going with a 3-pointer, freshman guard Adonis Filer had a driving layup and two foul shots and McDaniels a high-flying putback that drew the Tigers within 26-24.

Brandon Ashley hit a pair of foul shots with 8 seconds left to send the Wildcats into the locker room ahead 28-24. Their shooting was cold down the stretch, going 0 for 4 from the floor.

Arizona did a much better job with ball protection, committing just six turnovers in the first 20 minutes against the Tigers.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 ARIZ  -250   -5.5   128 
 CLEM  +210   +5.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 ARIZ  -250   -6   127.5 
 CLEM  +210   +6   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 ARIZ  92%   86%   74% 
 CLEM  8%   14%   26% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Dec 8
 
    Towson at Georgetown
12:00 PM EDT
    Portland at Kentucky
12:00 PM EDT
    Arkansas at Michigan
12:00 PM EDT
    Long Beach State at Ohio State
12:00 PM EDT
    SO DAKOTA at Ball State
1:00 PM EDT
    Austin Peay at Memphis
1:00 PM EDT
    Cleveland State at North Carolina State
1:00 PM EDT
    Texas Christian at Tulsa
1:00 PM EDT
    Northridge at Arizona State
2:00 PM EDT
    Murray State at Evansville
2:00 PM EDT
    Colorado at Kansas
2:00 PM EDT
    Indiana State at Morehead State
2:00 PM EDT
    Temple at Duke
3:15 PM EDT
    Colorado State at Illinois Chicago
4:00 PM EDT
    Missouri St at Oklahoma State
4:00 PM EDT
    Virginia Tech at West Virginia
4:00 PM EDT
    Indiana Purdue at W. Kentucky
4:00 PM EDT
    UCLA at Texas
5:15 PM EDT
    Wisconsin at Marquette
6:00 PM EDT
    Idaho State at Oregon
6:00 PM EDT
    UNC Wilmington at Georgia Tech
7:00 PM EDT
    Richmond at James Madison
7:00 PM EDT
    LaSalle at Northeastern
7:00 PM EDT
    Brown at Notre Dame
7:00 PM EDT
    E Kentucky at Chattanooga
7:00 PM EDT
    Seton Hall at Wake Forest
7:00 PM EDT
    Sacramento State at San Jose State
7:30 PM EDT
    Arizona at Clemson
8:00 PM EDT
    IUPU-Fort Wayne at Drake
8:00 PM EDT
    Southern Miss at Louisiana Tech
8:00 PM EDT
    San Francisco at Pacific
8:00 PM EDT
    Villanova at Pennsylvania
8:00 PM EDT
    Northern Colo at Wichita State
8:00 PM EDT
    South Alabama at UAB
8:00 PM EDT
    Tulane at San Diego
9:00 PM EDT
    UC Irvine at Weber State
9:00 PM EDT
    Minnesota at Southern Cal
10:30 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and recieve access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!