Aaron Gordon got the scoring going for Arizona, but Xavier Thames matched it with two free-throws. Nick Johnson proceeded to hit a three and Kaleb Tarczewski followed with his first points of the game. After a J.J. O'Brien bucket, Gordon hit a three-pointer. Winston Shepard matched it with a three of his own and Johnson and O'Brien then exchanged hoops. A Gordon basket led both teams into the timeout with Arizona leading 14-9 with under 13 minutes to go in the first half.
O'Brien and Rondae Jefferson exchanged two points as both teams went into another time out with Arizona up 16-11 with 11:11 left.
Gordon and Hollis-Jefferson scored out of the timeout before Gordon hit another three and Hollis-Jefferson hit a free-throw. However, Gordon went to the bench with his second foul and Shepard took advantage with two straight hoops to cut the Arizona lead to 24-15 with 6:25 left in the first half.
Shepard made a free-throw out of a timeout and Hollis-Jefferson made two. After a basket by O'Brien, Ashley made two free-throws and Thames followed with a jumper. Matt Shrigley then made two free-throws and Johnson responded with a bucket before Johnson added one of two free-throws. Two free-throws by Thames cut the Arizona lead to 31-23 with three minutes left in the half.
T.J. McConnell and Dakarai Allen exchanged hoops, but a basket by Johnson and Gabe York forced a timeout with Arizona leading 37-25 and under two minutes left in the half. Soon after, York made two free-throws, but a Shrigley three made the score 39-28 at the half in favor of the Wildcats.
Ashley scored the first points of the half and O'Brien matched before Ashley scored again. After a free-throw by O'Brien, Tarczewski and Josh Davis exchanged baskets to keep Arizona's lead at 45-33 with about 16 minutes left in the half.
Thames made a two and O'Brien added two free-throws. Johnson and O'Brien then exchanged one from the line, but two straight baskets from Johnson forced a timeout from SDSU with the Wildcats up 5-38 with just under 12 minutes left in regulation.
After two free-throws by Thames, Johnson and Gordon followed with buckets. Shepard scored and was matched by Tarczewski before Shepard got two at the line. After a shot by O'Brien, Thames made a three to cut the Arizona lead to seven. McConnell then got a hoop and two free-throws to put the Wildcats up 60-49 with about five minutes left in regulation.
After a free-throw by Allen, a three-pointer by Thames brought it back to three and Arizona called timeout with 4:05 left.
O'Brien made a free-throw out of the timeout to bring the Aztecs to within six, but Johnson came down and got to the rim for his 19th point. Johnson then fouled Thames on a three and he made two of the attempts to come within six again with 2:41 left.
After a Thames bucket, Gordon was able to get a lob off an inbounds pass and a McConnell free-throw brought the lead to seven before two free-throws by O'Brien put the Aztecs to within 65-60 with about 40 seconds left. Two free-throws by Johnson seconds later would be enough for the Wildcats.