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December 16, 2008Losing to UAB and Texas A&M by one point each earlier this season were tough pills for Arizona to swallow. The breaks finally started to go the Wildcats' way this week.
Arizona beat Gonzaga 69-64 Sunday thanks to 22 points and four rebounds from Jordan Hill. With the score tied at 62 with 1:17 left, Hill hit two free throws to give Arizona the lead, then hit a 4-footer in with 36 seconds left for a four-point lead.
Hill finished with three steals and three blocks and shot 9-for-14 from the field.
Four days earlier, against San Diego State, Hill had 25 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and six blocks. His efforts garner him National Player of the Week honors from Rivals.com.
Christmas helped Temple stun then-No. 8 Tennessee 88-72 for the Owls' first win over a top-10 team since beating George Washington in the 2006 Atlantic 10 tournament.
Christmas scored 35 points ? 30 in the second half - and had seven 3-pointers and three steals.
Miami University wing Michael Bramos scored 26 points in a win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee and 28 points against Valparaiso. He was 12-for-17 from 3-point range in the victories.
UMass forward Tony Gaffney had six points, 13 rebounds, six blocks and three steals in a 61-60 win over Kansas on Saturday. Earlier in the week, Gaffney had 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks in a 73-69 win over Holy Cross.
North Dakota State guard Ben Woodside had 60 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a 112-111 triple-overtime loss to Stephen F. Austin on Friday. He was 30-of-35 from the free-throw line. He came back the next day to score 31 points and grab 10 rebounds in a 98-77 win over Georgia Southern.
West Virginia forward Devin Ebanks had 13 points and 17 rebounds in a 68-65 loss to Davidson. He also had 15 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in a 68-63 win over Duquesne.
David Fox is a college sports writer for Rivals.com and Yahoo! Sports. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.