Arizona overcame poor defense to narrowly escape an upset loss to Chico State on Sunday as it won 78-70 at McKale.
Robert Duncan and Dusan Ristic exchanged buckets to start the game. Corey Silverstrom and Ristic then did the same before Isaiah Ellis hit a three.
Lauri Markkanen made a three of his own and Marvin Timothy scored. Parker Jackson-Cartwright tied the game, but a three by Nate Ambrosini gave Chico State a 12-9 lead at the media timeout.
Justin Briggs scored and Allen did as well. Keanu Pinder got a bucker, but Keith Datu made a three.
Ristic then made two free-throws and Briggs scored again as Chico State led 19-15 with 11:47 left in the first half.
Rawle Alkins made two free-throws and Michael Bethea scored. Ellis then picked up a three-point play and added another bucket.
Silverstrom made a three, but Kobi Simmons responded with a three-point play. Markkanen made two from the line and Allen got a layup as Arizona cut the lead to 29-24 with 7:23 remaining in the half.
Simmons and Alkins made two free-throws each and Pinder scored to give Arizona back the lead at 30-29.
Markkanen made a three, but Bethea matched him. Duncan proceeded to score seven straight points before Markkanen made two free-throws.
Ellis made one of two from the line and Pinder scored as Arizona went into the half down 40-37.
Allen and Timothy started the half with a bucket each before Ristic scored. Alkins made one free-throw and Allen hit two.
After a basket by Briggs, Markkanen made a three, Jackson-Cartwright two free-throws, and Allen a layup as Arizona opened up a 51-44 lead at the media timeout.
Pinder scored out of the timeout, but Briggs did as well. Ellis made a free-throw and Simmons went one of two from the line.
Silverstrong and Duncan scored and Markkanen hit a jumper soon after. However, Duncan and Silverstrom hit consecutive threes to force a timeout with Arizona’s lead at 58-57 with under nine minutes left.
Alkins got a three-point play and Silverstrom responded with a make from behind the arc. Ristic and Markkanen then scored to put Arizona up 65-60.
Silverstrom scored and Markkanen did as well. Simmons and Duncan then exchanged baskets as Arizona’s lead held at 69-64 with 4:14 left.
Ellis scored consecutive baskets and two free-throws by Ristic extended Arizona’s lead to three.
Allen made two free-throws, but Ellis got it right back. A layup by Ristic then put Arizona up 75-70 with 38 seconds left.