Kaleb Tarczewski dunks in the second half for two of his 14 points. Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The top-ranked Arizona Wildcats, down by 11 early in the second half at Michigan, rallied to beat the Wolverines 72-70 in their best victory of the season.
The Cats weathered the first-half storm from Glenn Robinson III and then chipped away behind rebounding and interior play on offense. Arizona was down by eight with 7:55 to go before finishing on a 22-12 run.
Brandon Ashley had 18 points to lead four Arizona players in double-figures.
“Down nine at the half, I thought our guys showed a lot of composure, a lot of belief in what we do,” coach Sean Miller said on CBS after the game.
Arizona is 11-0, with wins at San Diego State and vs. Duke in New York City.
This is the Cats’ best win, given the opponent and location and the deficit.
“I would agree,” Miller said on CBS.
“We’re in as hostile an environment as you can be against a really good team from a great conference, a team that has a lot of pride coming off the national championship game a year ago. You could sense they were geared up…
“What we want to do is play away from home, play big games. Win or lose today, we’re better because we did this. But I’m very happy and proud of our team.”
Arizona is back home to play Southern on Thursday night.
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