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.
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).
OJ 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.
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.
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.
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.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.