Arizona hangs on to beat No. 7 Texas A&M 67-64

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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.


Texas A&M held up well on a neutral court that wasn't exactly neutral, but couldn't make enough plays down the stretch.

Arizona appears to be back on track after its disappointing trip to the Bahamas.


Texas A&M hosts Prairie View A&M on Saturday.

Arizona has another tough game on Saturday, when it hosts Alabama.


● Texas A&M dropped its first contest of the 2017-18 campaign on Tuesday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, falling to Arizona 67-64 … the Aggies are now 7-1 on the season.

● The all-time series between the schools now stands at 8-1 in favor of the Wildcats.


● A&M owed a 40-22 edge for points in the paint and collected a season-high-tying 10 steals vs. the Wildcats.

● Arizona was able to get to the line in the contest, holding a 24-10 edge in free throw attempts.

● The Aggies scored the final five points of the opening stanza to take a 31-29 lead into the intermission.

● Texas A&M used the starting lineup combination of Duane Wilson, Admon Gilder, DJ Hogg, Robert Williams and Tyler Davis for the third time this season (2-1).


● Junior Tyler Davis scored a game-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting to crack the 20-point mark for the eighth time in his career.

● Graduate senior Duane Wilson added 14 points as well as a game-high five assists.

● Sophomore Robert Williams notched two blocks to extend his nation-leading blocked shot streak to 37 games.

● Aggie head coach Billy Kennedy fell to 122-86 during his seven-year tenure at Texas A&M and 333-265 in 20 seasons as a head coach.


● The Aggies return to Reed Arena on Saturday where they will host Prairie View A&M at 3:30 p.m. ... the game will be available digitally on SEC Network PLUS.