Final: Arizona 67, (7) Texas A&M 64 - Tucson News Now

Final: Arizona 67, (7) Texas A&M 64

(Cover photo courtesy: AP) (Cover photo courtesy: AP)
PHOENIX (AP) -

Deandre Ayton had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Arizona held on to beat No. 7 Texas A&M 67-64 on Tuesday night.
    
Arizona (6-3) picked up a big win against UNLV on Saturday and notched an even bigger one in front of a pro-Wildcats crowd that made Talking Stick Arena feel like McKale Center west.
    
It wasn't easy.
    
Texas A&M (7-1) pulled within 63-62 on Tyler Davis' jump-hook with 17 seconds left. Brandon Randolph twice hit 1 of 2 free throws, sandwiched around a travel by Davis, and Duane Wilson was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 2 seconds left. He made two after missing the first attempt, and Dylan Smith made two at the other end to put Arizona up 67-64.
    
Texas A&M's Robert Williams missed badly on a long 3-pointer to send the Wildcats rushing off the bench and the Aggies to their first defeat.
    
Davis led the Aggies with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
    
Texas A&M moved up two spots in the AP Top 25 this week after beating No. 25 Southern California and Texas-Rio Grande Valley last week.
    
Arizona dropped out of the AP Top 25 from No. 2 after a disastrous 0-3 trip to the Bahamas, becoming the first team since Louisville in 1986 to fall out from No. 2 to unranked.
    
The Wildcats bounced back to rout Long Beach State at home, though coach Sean Miller went on a long post-game rant about his team's defensive effort. Arizona had more defensive problems in the first half at UNLV, but rallied to beat the Runnin' Rebels 91-88 in overtime.
    
The Wildcats had some shaky defensive moments and a rash of turnovers early but turned up the defensive pressure, holding the Aggies to 1-for-11 shooting during a 13-2 run to take a seven-point lead.
    
Texas A&M rallied as the Wildcats kept passing the ball to them on sloppy turnovers and took a 31-29 lead at halftime despite Williams going scoreless and taking one shot.

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