Arizona 67, Utah 63 (OT)

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Guards Gabe York and Nick Johnson scored 15 point apiece, and forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 13 to help No. 4 Arizona escape with a 67-63 overtime victory over Utah on Wednesday night.

The Wildcats (24-2, 11-2 Pac-12) beat Utah for the ninth consecutive time. They have not lost to the Utes since the 1998 NCAA Tournament.

Guard Brandon Taylor scored 13 points, while center Dallin Bachynski and guard Delon Wright each added 12 points for the Utes (17-9, 6-8 Pac-12). Utah lost a home game for just the second time this season.

With the game tied at 58-58, Hollis-Jefferson made two baskets to give the Wildcats a four-point lead with 1:52 left in overtime. Hollis-Jefferson's second basket came after Taylor missed three straight free throws, preventing Utah from taking the lead.

Wright made two free throws to cut it the Utes' deficit to 62-60, but he threw the ball away with 33.9 seconds left. Johnson and Wildcats guard T.J. McConnell each made free throws in the final seconds to secure the victory.

Utah lost despite outrebounding Arizona 37-31 and finishing with a 34-23 edge in points in the paint.

After trailing by double digits late in the first half and by nine points at halftime, Utah cut the lead to seven at 40-33 after Taylor stole the ball from Johnson and took it in for a layup. The Wildcats snuffed the rally for a time, going back up by 12 after a McConnell jumper.

The Utes did not back down. Utah ripped off a 10-2 run to get back into the game. Two baskets from freshman guard Ahmad Fields cut the deficit to 48-44. Arizona endured a short cold spell after a layup from McConnell made it 52-44 with 6:41 left, going 3:13 without a basket.

Utah took advantage by putting together a 11-2 run and finally went ahead 55-54 on a runner from forward Jordan Loveridge with 3:09 remaining.

Arizona retook a one-point lead when Johnson scored on a jumper with 2:21 left. Utah tied it when Loveridge made one of two free throws with 28.0 seconds left. McConnell had a chance at a game-winner, but he missed a runner in the lane as time expired in regulation.

NOTES: Arizona had defeated Utah 11 times in the last 12 meetings before Wednesday night. The lone loss for the Wildcats came in the 1998 NCAA tournament, when the Utes defeated the defending NCAA champions 76-51 to reach the Final Four. ... Utah honored former Utes player Billy McGill in a halftime ceremony. McGill, the No. 1 pick in the 1962 NBA draft, ranks No. 2 all-time in career scoring (2,321 points) and No. 1 in career rebounding (1,106 rebounds) at Utah. He led the nation with 38.8 points per game during the 1961-62 season. ... Arizona leads the Pac-12 in scoring defense (57.5 ppg). Utah ranks second in the league (64.2 ppg).
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