Arizona was pushed to the limit by the Santa Clara in an intense 75-73 overtime victory. Santa Clara was led by Jordan Brownridge’s 44 points, but the Wildcats had just enough to escape overtime with the win.
Senior center Kaleb Tarczewski left the game in the second half with an ankle injury and never returned. Without the big man in the middle, Arizona left the door open for a scrappy and confident Santa Clara team.
Arizona struggled to shoot the ball, going 29 of 69 from the field and just 3 of 22 from three point distance. But Ryan Anderson once again put the team on his back with team highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wildcats played a sloppy game and were plagued by foul trouble. With just 6.7 seconds to play in regulation, Mark Tollefsen committed a foul that put Santa Clara on the free throw line with two chances to win the game.
Fortunately for Arizona, Santa Clara’s Jarvis Pugh missed both free throws and the game went to extra time. Santa Clara still kept the game close in overtime, but succumbed to miscues with multiple costly turnovers.
The Wildcats led for more than 39 minutes of game play, but Santa Clara managed to turn the tables in the waning minutes of regulation.
Sophomore Parker Jackson-Cartwright was the main facilitator for Arizona, with 7 assists and just 1 turnover. He also connected with Ryan Anderson on a critical alley oop that gave Arizona a 2 point lead with 1:35 left in regulation.
Arizona exploited an advantage on the boards, outrebounding Santa Clara 44-33. The Wildcats also had 17 offensive rebounds to go with 17 second chance points.
Next up for Arizona in the DirecTV Wooden Legacy tournament is a second round matchup with Providence.