It may have gotten ugly near the end, but Arizona played one of its better games of the season in defeating Boise State 68-59 Sunday at the Honda Center.
Kadeem Allen and James Webb exchanged baskets to start the game. Allen scored again and Mikey Thompson got on the board. Mark Tollefsen and Webb proceeded to score before Webb came up with a three-point play to put Boise State up 9-6 at the media timeout.
Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Allonzo Trier scored, but Nick Duncan got his first basket to give the Broncos an 11-10 lead.
Allen made one of two from the line and Lonnie Jackson hit a three. Trier made two free-throws, but Duncan scored in the paint and Boise State led 16-13 with 11:21 left in the first half.
Anderson and Thompson both scored and Jackson-Cartwright did as well to cut the Boise State lead to 18-17.
Thompson and York both scored before Anthony Drmic hit two free-throws. Trier then hit a jumper and Tollefsen got a three-point play. A layup by York proceeded to force timeout with the Wildcats leading 26-22 with about six minutes remaining in the first half.
Elliott Pitts and Webb got a basket each and Webb proceeded to score again. Anderson came up with a three-point play and Trier and Allen scored to put the Wildcats up 35-26 at the half.
Anthony Drmic scored to start the half, but Tollefsen responded with a three. Pitts then scored and Jackson responded with a three to cut Arizona’s lead to 40-31 at the media timeout.
York added a three-point play, but Duncan made a three. Trier and Tollefsen then scored and Jackson-Cartwright added a bucket as a free-throw by Allen extended the lead to 50-34 with just under 12 minutes left.
Allen made two free-throws and Montigo Alford got in the lane. Anderson made one of two from the line before Paris Austin made two free-throws.
Anderson got another basket and Trier hit a technical free-throw. Anderson then made another freebie before a three by Duncan cut the lead to 57-41 with 7:36 remaining.
Duncan scored again and Chandler Hutchison got his first points before a dunk by Webb forced timeout with the lead cut to ten.
Anderson made two free-throws and York hit one of two and got a bucket. Drmic made two free-throws and then made two more on a technical. Two free-throws by Webb then cut the Arizona lead to nine with under four minutes left.
Jackson proceeded to make a three, but the Wildcats were able to wrapt things up with a free-throw by Jackson-Cartwright, dunk by Trier, and three from Allen.