Wildcats take Maui Invitational

Arizona defeated San Diego State 61-59 on Wednesday night. Read on for a complete recap of how Arizona won the Maui Invitational.

It’s no surprise that Arizona and San Diego State battled in another close game Wednesday night, but the Wildcats were able to come out with a 61-59 win to take the Maui Invitational.

Winston Shepard scored to start the game and Kaleb Tarczewski made two free-throws. Dwayne Polee then made three free-throws and Brandon Ashley scored soon after. Polee proceeded to get a layup and Shepard a three-point play to give the Aztecs a 10-4 lead with 16:13 left in the first half.

Elliott Pitts made a three and Angelo Chol made one of two from the line. Stanley Johnson made a shot and Aqeel Quinn made a jumper. Dusan Ristic scored off a pass from Parker Jackson-Cartwright, but Polee made a three. A jumper by Ashley then put SDSU’s lead at 16-13 with 11:29 remaining in the half.

Johnson and Polee exchanged buckets before Rondae Jefferson and Trey Kell made two free-throws each.

Johnson then hit a three and Kell made a jumper. McConnell and Shepard exchanged baskets and two free-throws by Kell have SDSU a four-point lead.

After two free-throws from York, Malik Pope hit a three to force Arizona to call timeout down 29-24 with about four minutes left in the half.

Hollis-Jefferson scored on a jumper and proceeded to hit two from the line not too long after. Johnson then made a layup and gave the Wildcats a 30-29 lead with about two minutes left in the half.

Jackson-Cartwright and Shepard both scored to end the half with Arizona up 32-31.

O’Brien made a shot to begin the second half and Ashley came back and scored. Well and McConnell exchanged baskets before Hollis-Jefferson scored. Shepard and Quinn then got a basket each to give the Aztecs a 39-38 lead with 15:11 left in the second half.

Johnson made one of two from the line and Dakarai Allen got on the board for SDSU. Hollis-Jefferson and McConnell scored baskets, but another by Allen tied it at 43.

Johnson nailed two free-throws and Chol hit a jumper, but Hollis-Jefferson responded with a dunk in transition to give Arizona a two-point lead.

Polee made a free-throws and Chol scored, but a three by McConnell put Arizona back up 50-48 with 7:26 left.

Skylar Spencer scored his first points of the night with a free-throw and Tarczewski went one of two from the line also. Hollis-Jefferson got yet another dunk in transition to give the Wildcats a 53-49 lead with 4:36 left in regulation.

Kell hit a jumper to cut the lead to two, but Johnson made two free-throws soon after and added another two to give Arizona a six-point lead.

With 17 seconds left, Kell made a three and was fouled on the shot, as the free-throw was good and brought the Aztecs to within two.

Johnson was fouled with about 14 second left and made both to extend the lead to four and seal the victory.

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