ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sports Network) – Derrick Williams scored 32 points and Arizona used a huge second half Thursday to topple Duke, 93-77, and knock the defending national champion Blue Devils out of the NCAA Tournament.
Lamont Jones added 16 points and Solomon Hill scored 13 for the fifth-seeded Wildcats (30-7), who advanced to face Connecticut in the Elite Eight on Saturday.
The winner of that game will represent the West Region in next week’s Final Four. The Huskies, behind 36 points from star guard Kemba Walker, got past San Diego State in the other Sweet 16 game played Thursday at the Honda Center.
Taking the court after that performance, Williams proved that Walker wasn’t the only superstar in Anaheim. He pulled down 13 rebounds and was 11-of-17 from the floor, including 5-of-6 from three-point range.
Top-seeded Duke found no such performance from Nolan Smith, who scored just eight points on 3-of-14 shooting. Kyrie Irving led the Blue Devils (32-5) with 28 points in his third game back from injury and Kyle Singler chipped in 18.