After a lackluster first half, Arizona's second half defense shut Fresno State and the Wildcats won 85-72 Wednesday at McKale.
Dusan Ristic and Torren Jones exchanged baskets to start the game. Kadeem Allen then made two free-throws and Paul Watson responded with one.
Allonzo Trier got on the board, but Marvelle Harris hit a three. Watson and Ryan Anderson proceeded to score before Jones and Allen did the same.
A bucket by Harris and Anderson proceeded to keep the Fresno State lead at 12-11 at the media timeout.
Chance Comanche got a dunk off a nice pass from Gabe York, but Harris scored quickly. Anderson and Terrell Carter exchanged baskets before a free-throw by Simon tied the game at 16 with 11:43 left in the first half.
Trier made a three, but Cullen Russo scored six straight points. Trier then responded with another three, as Cezar Guerrero made two free-throws and a three. Anderson and Trier then scored as Fresno State led 27-26 with 7:17 remaining in the first half.
Watson and Allen exchanged threes before Harris and Anderson got buckets. Guerrero got a layup and Tollefsen made a three from the corner.
Watson and Allen both scored, but Harris and Jones did as well. A dunk by Anderson proceeded to cut the Bulldogs lead to 40-38 with 3:26 left in the half.
Harris made another three and Ristic scored in the paint. Trier made one of two free-throws, but Harris nailed a three and York scored in transition to end the half with Fresno State up 46-43.
Ristic scored to start the half and Trier made a jumper and free-throw. Allen made two from the line, but Watson and Jones hit jumpers. A dunk by Anderson then gave the Wildcats a 52-50 lead at the media timeout.
Karachi Edo scored his first points of the game and got four more after a York bucket to put Fresno State up 56-54 with 12:53 left.
Watson scored, but Trier hit a three. Allen did as well and a jumper by Trier put the Wildcats up four with about 10 minutes remaining.
Anderson made two free-throws and Watson responded. Anderson then went one of two from the line before a bucket by Parker Jackson-Cartwright extended the lead to 67-60.
Trier made two free-throws, but Harris scored four consecutive points. Tollefsen made two free-throws with a response from Edo and Harris as Arizona’s lead was 71-68 with 3:34 left.
Guerrero scored, but York nailed two threes to extend the lead to 77-70. York proceeded to make a layup and Arizona led by nine with over a minute left.