Arizona found itself down 19-4 about six minutes into the game, but never gave in as it roared back and eventually beat Michigan State 65-63 at the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu.
Eron Harris scored the first points of the game and Miles Bridges proceeded to score seven consecutive points to put Michigan State up 9-0 less than four minutes into the game.
Kobi Simmons put Arizona on the board, but Josh Langford hit a three. Cassius Winston then hot one of his own and Kenny Goins scored.
Kadeem Allen and Langford exchanged baskets, as two free-throws by Allen pulled Arizona to within 19-6 with about 13 minutes left in the first half.
Chance Comanche made two free-throws and Goins answered. Simmons then scored five straight points and the Spartans led 21-13 with 11:40 remaining in the half.
Lauri Markkanen made a three and Keanu Pinder hit a free-throw. Parker Jackson-Cartwright then scored off a steal and Michigan State’s lead was down to 21-19 with 7:15 left in the half.
Simmons made two free-throws and then added a three. He then went one of two from the line, but Nick Ward made a bucket.
Jackson-Cartwright made a three and Ward scored again as Arizona led 28-25 with under four minutes left in the half.
Markkanen made a free-throw and Ward matched it. Markkanen proceeded to make a three from the corner on the next possession.
Ward made two free-throws and Simmons did as well. A bucket by Bridges ended the half with Arizona leading 34-30.
Bridges scored to begin the second half and Alkins got a three-point play. Bridges and Comanche matched baskets and Markkanen scored.
Allen hit two free-throws and Matt McQuaid got on the board with a three. Ward then had a layup of his own and Arizona’s lead was down to 42-40 at the media timeout.
Pinder made one free-throw, but a bucket by Bridges and three by McQuaid tied the game at 44 with 13:33 remaining.
Markkanen made two free-throws and Bridges scored. Tum Tum Nairn scored in the lane and Alvin Ellis made a three to force a timeout with the Wildcats down 51-46 with 10:35 remaining.
Comanche scored and Simmons made two free-throws. Bridges hit two from the line and a dunk by Comanche cut the Michigan State lead to 53-52 with 7:44 left.
McQuaid made a three and Dusan Ristic scored. Simmons made a free-throw and Jackson-Cartwright scored.
A bucket by Harris then put the Spartans up 58-57 with just under four minutes left.
Allen and Bridges scored, but Markkanen and Jackson-Cartwright scored as well to put the Wildcats up 63-60 with 35 seconds left.
With seven seconds left, Nairn threw up a three and tied the game with seven seconds left.
On the inbounds, Allen beat his man and made a layup with 1.9 seconds left as Michigan State couldn’t get a shot off and the Wildcats sealed the win.