Arizona pulls away late to defeat Utah

Arizona won a hard fought contest over Utah on Sunday. Read on for the complete recap of the Wildcats' 65-56 win.

Utah gave Arizona everything it could handle, but it just wasn't enough as the Wildcats defeated the Utes 65-56 Sunday at McKale.

Dallin Bachynski and Dakarai Tucker opened the game with buckets before a Jordan Loveridge three put the Utes up 7-0. A basket by Nick Johnson then put Arizona on the board, as the Wildcats cut the lead to five with 15:42 left in the half.

Wright proceeded to make three free-throws and a layup to put the Utes up 12-2 before Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was able to score and cut it to 12-4 with 11:48 left in the half.

A three by Johnson and two free-throws by Aaron Gordon put the Wildcats within three a little more than a minute later. T.J. McConnell hit a jumper and York completed a three-point play as a score by Jeremy Olsen tied the game at 14 with 7:16 left in the first half.

Wright scored and McConnell came back with a three. Loveridge and Johnson then exchanged hoops before Loveridge and Olsen scored consecutive times. Johnson went to the free-throw line and hit both as a jumper soon after have the Wildcats a 23-22 lead with 2:59 left in the half.

Wright made two free-throws, but Gordon came back with a three-point play. Tucker scored and Kaleb Tarczewski made two from the line, as a Gordon free-throw and dunk by Tarczewski at the buzzer put the Wildcats up 31-26 at the half.

After a score by Ashley to start the half, Wright scored twice and a layup by Tucker forced Miller to call timeout with the Wildcats only up one a little over two minutes into the half. Ashley hit a three out of the timeout, but Tucker matched it. Loveridge and Gordon then exchanged hoops and Arizona kept its one point lead, 38-37 with 15:14 left in regulation.

Hollis-Jefferson and Loveridge made two free-throws each before Johnson got a three-point play. After two free-throws by Ashley, Kenneth Ogbe made a three. Wright then made two free-throws and Ogbe hit another three, as a layup by Johnson tied the game at 47 with 10:49 left.

Gordon and Johnson added baskets that were followed by an offensive rebound by Hollis-Jefferson. After a score by Wright, Ashley did the same and a dunk by Johnson. He then hit a floater that put the Wildcats up 59-49 with 3:49 left.

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