Arizona Wildcats hold on to upset No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies

Arizona Wildcats hold on to upset No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies

Arizona beat Texas A&M in Houston last season, weathering a late 18-0 run for a 67-63 victory. Gilder is usually tasked with defending the opposing team's best scorer, but he has yet to see someone as elite as Trier who is now averaging 23.9 points per game.

Trier was doubled with the shot clock winding down, and while trying to make his next basketball move on the right wing, he slipped.

"These guys will tell you, that is one of our team's strengths", Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "They are double teaming and triple teaming and crowding him, and that opens things up for his teammates".

Ristic and Smith had 13 points apiece for Arizona, Smith reaching a season high.

Sophomore redshirt guard Dylan Smith scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half, hitting three 3-pointers and freshman guard Brandon Randolph added 13.

"On different nights over the long course of the season, it's not always going to be Deandre had 25 and Allonzo had 24, balance is going to seep in". Ristic took advantage of the situation by getting his points around the rim with efficient 5-for-7 shooting.

The Cats will be pressed to slow down the Aggies, who enter tonight's clash with an unblemished 7-0 record, having beaten each of their last five opponents (Oklahoma State, Penn State, Pepperdine, USC and Texas-Rio Grande Valley) by an average of 15.6 points per game.

The Wildcats rank 126th in three pointers allowed per game (20.6) while the Aggies rank 261st (23.2).

The Wildcats were also struggling to get much from their supporting cast offensively, a group that was without sophomore guard Rawle Alkins due to injury. He finished the game with seven points, three assists and one turnover on 35 minutes of play.

This has been clear from Miller's rotations, as only those two stars and senior point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright are averaging above 20 minutes per game. However, I believe the Aggies will remain undefeated after this game, escaping with a close win on the road. The biggest thing is, we weren't ready to come out defensively like we should have at the beginning of the second half. They rode a terrific performance from senior center Tyler Davis, who scored 21 points on 12 shots. Significantly less than the 80 through 100 point games they have had at the McKale Center this season.



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