Wildcats fall short in big game

Arizona was unable to make stops defensively, as Arizona State defeated it 87-80 on Sunday.

The worst case scenario for Arizona seemed unlikely going into the Arizona State game. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, that scenario happened.

ASU shot 55 percent from the field and came up with numerous big shots to defeat Arizona 87-80 on Sunday afternoon.

Arizona jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead after Jonathan Gilling banked in a three-pointer. However, Kyle Fogg hit two jumpers and a Nick Johnson free throw tied the game at five. Fogg then added a three-pointer going into a timeout, as the Wildcats led 8-5 with a little under 16 minutes left in the first half. The lead did not last long, as Chris Colvin hit two free throws and Ruslan Pateev made a basket that gave the Sun Devils the lead. Both teams then exchanged baskets before Johnson nailed two free-throws to give the UA the lead back with 13:51 left.

Once again, there were numerous exchanges between the two teams before Colvin got a three-point play on a foul by Jordin Mayes and ASU took a 20-17 lead with 11:33 left in the first half. A layup by Jesse Perry cut the lead to one and after two free throws by Gilling, Perry scored again to keep it at one. The teams then exchanged baskets before Felix hit a free-throw and Locket made a layup to put the Sun Devils up three, as a free-throw by Perry got the Wildcats to within two with 8:13 left.

Brendon Lavender hit a three-pointer to put Arizona up one and after an answer from Lockett, Hill hit a three of his own as the Sun Devils took a timeout down 32-31 with 5:55 left in the first half. Colvin then proceeded to hit a shot that was answered from Hill and Fogg added two free throws before Gilling hit yet another three-pointer.

Brendon Lavender then proceeded to outscore Arizona State with two threes and Perry added a dunk to give the Wildcats the 44-38 lead at the half.

The Sun Devils started the second half similar to how they started the first, as Bachynski made a bucket and Felix followed with five straight points to force Arizona to call timeout down 45-44 less than two minutes into the half. Fogg ended the run not too long after with a three to give the Wildcats the two-point lead.

Both teams then exchanged baskets with Fogg answering Gilling and doing the same on a Lockett basket. ASU got the lead with a Gilling three-pointer, but the Wildcats once again matched with one from Lavender. A few plays later, Bachynski and Cain had layups that were matched by two free throws from Perry, as Arizona led 58-57 with about 11 minutes left in the second half.

However, Bachynski once again gave the Sun Devils the lead back and two free throws by Felix extended that lead to three. After a free-throw by Fogg, Colvin hit a layup and the Wildcats called timeout down 63-59 with a little over eight minutes left. Arizona got back within one after a three by Lavender and Lockett responded with two free throws right before Lavender hit another three. Felix then had a three roll in and Turner came back with a three-point play after two free throws by Perry, as the Wildcats went up 70-68 with five minutes left.

Two free throws by Felix tied the game and Lockett added two more to give the Sun Devils the 72-70 lead with 4:37 left. ASU extended the lead to four with an easy post move by Bachynski and Arizona found itself it its biggest hole yet. Hill made a layup coming out of a timeout, but Felix found Arizona sleeping defensive again and brought the lead right back up to four.

Perry then proceeded to hit two free throws with 2:30 left to put Arizona within two points. Once again though, Arizona's defense failed it as Lockett was able to get an offensive rebound and put ASU up four points. Fogg drew a foul on a three-pointer and made each free throw as Arizona then found itself only down one point with under two minutes to play.

Gilling hit a three-pointer with about a minute left to put ASU up four, but Fogg came right back and answered with a three-point play to bring the Wildcats within one with 50 seconds left in regulation. Lockett drew a foul with 30 seconds left and nailed both free throws to put ASU up three and Turner proceeded to miss a layup, as Lockett's free throws clinched the win.

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