Arizona gets tough win over Kansas State

Arizona had a tough 72-68 victory over Kansas State on Tuesday night. Read on for a complete reap of how the Wildcats got it done.

At no point was it easy, but Arizona defeated Kansas State 72-68 Tuesday night to advance to the final of the Maui Invitational.

Gabe York got Arizona on the board, but Marcus Foster hit a three. Jevon Thomas and York exchanged baskets and T.J. McConnell then scored. Wesley Iwundu scored and Nino Williams added a three-point play.

Foster then hit a three and Kaleb Tarczewski scored to cut the Kansas State lead to 13-8 with 15 minutes left in the first half.

Stanley Johnson scored and Williams made two free-throws. Justin Edwards and Williams added one more each from the line before Johnson scored again to bring the deficit to 17-12 with 11:49 remaining in the half.

Tarczewski scored two straight buckets to force Kansas State to call timeout, but Foster made two free-throws soon after. Johnson and Foster then exchanged three and Brandon Ashley finally got on the board.

Johnson made two free-throws and Stephen Hurt was able to score. Tarczewski then got another bucket and Parker Jackson-Cartwright made two free-throws.

Nigel Johnson made a three and Ashley made a baseline jumper. Tarczewski then made two free-throws and Iwunudu made one as well.

Hurt was able to score off an offensive rebound to end the half and Arizona went into halftime up 31-30.

Iwundu started the half with two free-throws and a basket. McConnell then scored in the lane and York hit a three as a shot by Malek Harris tied the game at 36 with 15:52 left in regulation.

Rondae Jefferson proceeded to get his first two baskets of the game off dunks and forced a Kansas State timeout with the Wildcats up four.

Thomas Gipson got a three-point play and Williams added a bucket. Tarczewski and Gipson then exchanged buckets and Tarczewski scored again.

After two free-throws by Ashley, McConnell and York hit three-pointers to give the Wildcats a nine point lead with over ten minutes left.

Williams made two from the line and Gipson scored. York then hut a jumper, but Williams was able to get an answer. A jumper by Ashley then put Arizona up 56-49 with 7:39 left.

Thomas got a three-point play and Tarczewski made two free-throws. Foster then got a bucket and Johnson made two from the line. York proceeded to hit a jumper and Foster came back with a three to cut Arizona’s lead to 62-57 with 4:58 left.

Gipson and Ashley made two free-throws each before Iwundu scored. After a score off the glass from Tarczewski, a three by Foster brought the deficit to 66-64 with 2:31 remaining.

Johnson made two free-throws and then went to the line and made one more. Foster it a three to keep Kansas State in it and Johnson and Foster then exchanged free-throws. Foster missed the second and Hollis-Jefferson got the rebound as his two free-throws sealed the victory.

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