It may have looked bleak at times, but Arizona stuck around and did enough to win as it defeated Michigan 72-70 on the road Saturday.
Brandon Ashley opened up the scoring with a jumper, but Caris LeVert made a three soon after. Glen Robinson III then scored on Ashley as Gordon beat Nik Stauskas for a dunk and Arizona went into the first media timeout down 5-4.
Gabe York hit a three out of a timeout to give the Wildcats the lead, but Robinson and Jon Horford scored to put the Wolverine up 9-7 with about 14 minutes left in the half. Another basket by Robinson then forced an Arizona timeout with 12:29 left.
Kaleb Tarczewski got his first points of the game, but Robinson and Mitch McGary scored to force another UA timeout with the Wildcats down 15-9 with 10:34 left in the first half.
Nick Johnson and Spike Albrecht exchanged three-pointers to keep the Arizona deficit at six. Tarczewski made two free-throws out of a timeout and Ashley got a bucket to cut the Michigan lead to two with under eight minutes left.
Derrick Walton Jr. made one of two from the line and Ashley made a layup. Robinson then proceeded to make a three to give Michigan a 22-18 lead. Stauskas made a three at around six minutes to up the lead to seven.
Ashley made two free-throws before Albrecht hit a three. T.J. McConnell then made a layup, Gordon made a jumper, and a dunk by Tarczewski forced Michigan to call timeout with the lead only 28-26 with 2:44 left in the half.
LeVert was able to score, but Tarczewski answered right back. Robinson then scored his 13th point of the game to put Michigan up 32-28 with 1:20 left in the first half. Stauskas added two free-throws and Robinson hit a three to put the Wolverines up 37-28 at the half.
McGary started the half with a dunk before Gordon and Ashley got consecutive baskets. LeVert then scored, but McConnell hit a three, Tarc got a basket, and Ashley followed as Arizona cut the Michigan lead down to 41-39 with 15:56 left in regulation.
LeVert hit a three, but Johnson followed with a jumper before LeVert was able to pick up a three-point play to go up 47-41. Tarczewski scored and Johnson hit a three to cut the lead to one, but LeVert and Robinson extended it right back to five with 11:22 left in regulation.
Robinson made two from the line and Gordon then got in the lane and scored. Tarczewski was able to make two free-throws, but Stauskas got a three-point play to put Michigan up 56-50 with 8:44 left in regulation.
Stauskas made two free-throws, but Gordon scored and Ashley made two consecutive shots to cut the UM lead to 58-56 with 4:22 left in regulation. Stauskas and Gordon then exchanged hoops as the game stayed tied with 3:26 left.
McGary made two free-throws to go up four, but Gordon matched it in the lane. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson proceeded to drive the lane and tie the game and the three-point play gave the Wildcats the lead with about 2:30 left in regulation.
McGary gave the Wolverines the lead with two free-throws with just under two minutes left, but Ashley got it right back with a turnaround. Stauskas then gave UM the lead the next trip down court, but Johnson got fouled with 24 seconds left. He proceeded to make both free-throws to give the Wildcats a one-point lead.
Johnson made two free-throws to give Arizona the three-point lead with nine seconds left. Arizona chose to foul on Michigan’s possession and Albrecht made one of two of his attempts with under seven seconds left.
Johnson made two free-throws, but Albrecht made a three-pointer with two seconds left to put Michigan within one. York was fouled with 1.4 seconds and made one of two, as Arizona got the two-point win.