ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Derrick Williams scored a career-high 32 points and his Arizona teammates showed they're not just a one-man team, upsetting defending national champion Duke, 93-77, last night to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 2005.
The top-seeded Blue Devils (32-5) blew an 11-point first-half lead and were sent packing from a regional semifinal for the second time in three years.
Williams scored 25 points during the first half before his teammates came up big in the final 20 minutes. Lamont Jones added 16 points and Solomon Hill 13. Williams had 13 rebounds to help his team dominate the boards 40-27 while playing 15 minutes from his hometown of La Mirada.
Fifth-seeded Arizona (30-7) will play Connecticut (29-9) Saturday in the West Regional final.
Duke's Kyrie Irving scored 28 points in his most minutes since returning at the start of the tournament after missing 26 games with a toe injury. Kyle Singler added 18 points but was one of three Blue Devils in second-half foul trouble. Nolan Smith was held to eight points -- well under the senior's 21-point average.
Down by six points early in the second half, the Wildcats unleashed a scoring rampage that left the Blue Devils looking stunned. Williams scored only two points during the 19-2 run while five of his teammates did the rest, hitting from long range, driving to the basket and scoring off a fast break. Jones' basket tied it at 53, and the spurt ended with Arizona leading 66-55. Jones and Jamelle Horne had five points each.
Horne's dunk extended the Wildcats' lead to 77-63 as the Arizona fans roared, thrilled to see their team making a deep run in the tournament a season after the school's 25-year streak of appearances ended.
The Wildcats closed the first half on an 18-13 run, capped by Williams' three-pointer just before the buzzer, that left them trailing 44-38.