Arizona suffers first loss of season

Arizona lost 69-65 to Providence on Friday. Read on for a complete recap.

For the second night in a row, Arizona’s defense cost it.

This time, however, it led to a loss as Providence defeated Arizona 69-65 in the Wooden Legacy. 

With the loss, Arizona will play Boise State on Sunday.

Ben Bentil scored the first points of the game and Kadeem Allen quickly got on the board. Ryan Anderson then scored, but Bentil hit a three.

Kris Dunn got a basket and Anderson matched it. Rodney Bullock then hit a trailing three, but a dunk by Anderson put the Wildcats within 10-8 at the media timeout. 

Allonzo Trier scored and Anderson stepped out and hit a three. Jalen Lindsay then made a free-throw before Dunn scored.

Trier made one of two from the line and Gabe York and Dunn exchanged baskets. Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Kyron Cartwright did the same, as Ristic scored soon after.

A three-point play by Bentil then gave Providence a 21-20 lead with 10:27 left in the first half. 

Jackson-Cartwright scored and Anderson got a three-point play, but Ryan Fazekas hit one from behind the arc. 

Bentil got another basket and Mark Tollefsen made a free-throw. Bentil proceeded to make a three, as Allen nailed two from the line.

Anderson and Bentil exchanged buckets before a jumper by York gave the Wildcats a 32-31 lead with just under three minutes remaining in the half. 

Junior Lomomba gave Providence the lead with a basket, but Arizona got it right back with a bucket from Allen and took a one-point lead into halftime. 

Ristic scored to start the half, but Lomomba came up with a three-point play. Fazekas then scored and Bullock did as well to force Sean Miller to call timeout with Arizona down 40-36.

Lomomba and Tollefsen both scored before Trier got a bucket. Bullock then came up with a three-point play and Anderson scored again.

Bentil scored in the paint, but Anderson responded with a three-point play. Jackson-Cartwright then scored to tie the game at 47 with 11:55 left. 

Dunn made two free-throws and Tollefsen and Anderson both scored. Cartwright then got a bucket to tie the game at 51 with 9:06 remaining. 

Anderson and Ristic scored as a three by York extended Arizona’s lead. However, Fazekas made a three and Bentil got a basket to bring the Friars to within 58-56 with just under four minutes left. 

Dunn makes one of two free-throws and Bentil scored. Anderson got a bucket and York added a three, before a shot by Dunn and two free-throws tied the game at 63 with under two minutes remaining.

Dunn scored again and although Anderson nailed two free-throws, Dunn scored two more buckets to seal the four-point win. 

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