Arizona overcame an impressive 25-point performance from Jared Brownridge to defeat Santa Clara 69-61 Thursday night in Las Vegas.
Dusan Ristic and Nate Kratch scored to open the game. Ristic scored again and Rawle Alkins added a bucket.
Lauri Markkanen got on the board, but Henrik Jadersten matched him. Alkins and Jadersten then exchanged threes before Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Jared Brownridge did the same.
A bucket by Nate Kratch proceeded to cut Arizona’s lead to 14-12 at the media timeout.
Kadeem Allen made a three and Keanu Pinder scored. Kobi Simmons and Brownridge then exchanged threes and Arizona led 22-15 with 11:09 left in the half.
Matt Hauser scored and Jadersten did as well. Alkins had a three-point play, but a three by Brownridge kept Arizona’s lead at 25-22 with 7:42 remaining.
Brownridge made a three and Markkanen scored. Jarvis Pugh then got a bucket, but a three by Simmons put Arizona up 30-27.
Markkanen made two free-throws and Brownridge did also. Santa Clara then got a bucket from Brownridge again and Ristic matched it.
Markkanen and Hauser exchange threes to end the half as the Wildcats led 37-34.
Matt Hubbard scored, but Ristic got two consecutive buckets. Chance Comanche made one free-throw and Pugh responded with two.
Ristic and Comanche both scored, but Kratch made a three. After a bucket by Simmons and Pugh, Simmons made a three to put the Wildcats up 51-43 with 14:18 left.
Brownridge got a three-point play and Simmons followed with one free-throw. Markkanen and Push exchanged threes before Comanche got a layup.
A three by Kratch cut Arizona’s lead to 52-47 with 7:57 remaining.
Markkanen made two free-throws, but Jadersten and Brownridge hit a three each to cut Arizona’s lead to 59-58 with a little over four minutes left.
Pinder made two free-throws and Jackson-Cartwright exchanged threes with Brownridge. Simmons then hit a jumper to put Arizona’s lead at 66-62 with 2:33 left.
Jackson-Cartwright made a free-throw and two from the line by Markkanen sealed the deal as Santa Clara did not score for the final 2:58.