The game started as an exchange of three-pointers with Kyryl Natyazhko starting off with one, Jauwan Scaife answering, and then Kyle Fogg hitting one of his own. Jarrod Jones then hit one for Ball State and a free throw gave the Cardinal the 7-6 lead going into the first timeout.
Coming out of the timeout, Kevin Parrom checked in for the first time all season, showing a quick recovery from a gunshot wound.
Ball State continued to be hot from behind the arc, as Jesse Berry hit a three and Randy Davis hit another after a Solomon Hill jumper. Ball State grabbed a 17-10 lead with 11:37 left in the first, despite shooting only 35 percent up until that point.
Arizona tried to mount a comeback, as Fogg hit two free throws. However, Solomon Hill missed both his attempts and Scaife hit a three a few plays later, to force Arizona to call timeout down 22-15 with eight minutes left in the first half. Ball State extended the lead to ten second later and Sean Miller called another timeout.
Arizona cut it back to single digits with a little over four minutes left when Parrom had his first points of the season, as he hit two free throws to make it 26-17.
Fogg was then fouled on a three-pointer and hit his attempts from the line to cut the Ball State lead to six. Hill followed with a layup off an offensive rebound to get it to four and Arizona was in business.
However, Ball State calmed down and was able to cut the lead back up, as a dunk by Jones at the buzzer gave the Cardinal the 38-29 lead at the half.
Arizona and Ball State exchanged numerous buckets to start the second half before a three by Fogg made the score 44-37. Fogg was fouled a few seconds later and hit one of two free throws, as Perry added a layup a short time after that and Ball State was forced to call timeout only up four with 14 minutes left.
Sidiki Johnson then hit a one of two free throws, but Jones came back and hit a huge three. However, Nick Johnson hit a layup and Parrom hit a three that brought the crowd to its feet with Arizona only down 47-46 with just under 12 minutes left.
Bond hit two free throws and Jones scored his 21st point to get the lead back up to five before Fogg came back with a three to cut it to 51-49. Jones then hit yet another jumper and Hill answered with one of his own. However, perry hit a three and Nick Johnson nailed two free throws to finally give Arizona a 56-55 lead with about six minutes left.
The score stayed that way for about two minutes until Hill made two free throws and extended the lead to three with 3:26 left. After a miss by Ball State's Jones, Hill nailed an open three and the Wildcats went up six with 2:16 left, forcing the Cardinal to call timeout.
The Wildcats came down the court a short time later and Perry was fouled. He made one of two free throws, but made it a three possession game, which was enough for Arizona with 1:29 left.
Fogg finished with 21 points and Hill had 16. Jones finished with 25 on 11-15 shooting for Ball State.
Parrom finished with six points and four rebounds in 18 minutes of action.