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Arizona survives exhibition with Chico State

Arizona defeated Chico State in its final exhibition. Read on for the complete recap.

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. 

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