Lyons lifts No. 3 Arizona over Aztecs

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Updated: December 26, 2012

Honolulu, HI (Sports Network) – Mark Lyons hit a pair of clutch free throws
and Nick Johnson provided a game-saving block to help No.3 Arizona escape with
a 68-67 victory over 17th-ranked San Diego State in the championship tilt of
the Diamond Head Classic.

Solomon Hill scored a game-high 21 points and Kevin Parrom followed with 17 to
help the Wildcats (12-0) stay undefeated.

Chase Tapley led the Aztecs (11-2) with 19 points and had a path to score the
winning basket in the final seconds, but Johnson came from behind to swat his
shot off the glass and secure the win for Arizona.

Xavier Thames poured in 11 points and Jamaal Franklin tallied nine points,
eight rebounds and six assists in defeat.