NCAAB Game Recap - South Dakota State at Arizona
Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:00 PM EST

Duke
87
Cal
52
F
TNSt
57
TxTch
72
F
SDSt
64
Ariz
71
F
Vill
98
MidTN
69
F
Xav
73
Tows
51
F
Tex
66
GTown
82
F
Ohio
53
Baylor
76
F
(N/A)
63
Hartfo
78
F
MOSt
70
Mia-FL
74
F
ChBap
58
AbCh
90
F
MisSt
80
Tul
66
F
Fla
70
StJos
62
F
LoyMa
78
AF
64
F
(N/A)
59
Kent
89
F
StAnd
69
UNCA
105
F
(N/A)
56
Alc
92
F
Duques
74
IndSt
71
F
(N/A)
44
NCC
68
F
(N/A)
44
UCRiv
76
F
(N/A)
58
StFNY
122
F
WCU
96
Jacksn
94
F(2OT)
(N/A)
50
Colg
89
F
Charl
55
App
64
F
NebOm
85
WaSt
77
F
NFla
68
Iowa
83
F
(N/A)
50
Hamp
93
F
Woff
55
SoFL
69
F
ArkPB
41
Pitt
66
F
YSU
60
Akr
82
F
AlaAM
51
Clem
87
F
Utah
57
CoCar
79
F
TNTec
61
Winth
58
F
MD-ES
64
Okla
91
F
UCIrv
58
TCU
59
F
CenMI
57
Minn
82
F
RobM
62
IL-C
72
F
Leh
58
Drake
74
F
How
63
Marsh
91
F
Toled
62
ND
64
F(OT)
Lamar
74
UtVal
68
F
ULLa
61
Wyo
69
F(OT)
NM
78
NMSt
77
F
WIGB
70
Wisc
88
F
Buff
68
UConn
79
F
W&M
50
Stan
81
F
Hof
88
UCLA
78
F

Nov 21, 2019, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

South Dakota State (4-3)

32

32

64

(14) Arizona (5-0)

29

42

71

No. 14 Arizona pulls away late to beat South Dakota St 71-64
Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:30 AM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) After making basketball look easy for the first four games of the season, Arizona’s star freshman trio of Nico Mannion, Zeke Nnaji and Josh Green wasn’t quite as dominant Thursday night.

But with about a minute left and the game still in doubt, the 6-foot-3 Mannion shook a defender, drove down the center of the lane and threw down a spectacular dunk over South Dakota State’s defense.

It might have been the lone moment of basketball beauty from the 14th-ranked Wildcats all night.

But it was enough for a hard-fought 71-64 victory over South Dakota State.

“We don’t want to have a loss to wake us up,” Arizona senior Chase Jeter said. “Coming out and having to battle against a team like South Dakota State just lets us know that every team is going to compete, we have to be ready for every opponent and treat every game the same.”

Arizona (5-0) trailed for much of the first half and by three at halftime. The Wildcats finally pushed ahead 40-39 with 14:28 left when Green made a 15-foot jumper.

The basket was part of a 12-0 run that put the Wildcats ahead 46-39, and they wouldn’t trail again. Green led Arizona with 15 points but shot just 4 of 13 from the field, including 0 of 4 from 3-point range. Mannion added 14 points, including the final dunk that jolted the McKale Center crowd out of the seats.

“You don’t really feel like the game’s almost over,” Mannion said. “I was just trying to play until the final whistle.”

Nnaji added 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

Arizona shot just 3 of 17 from 3-point range. Wildcats coach Sean Miller said his team was “very fortunate to win” and that his team took a lot of rushed shots that weren’t necessary.

He was particularly upset that the offense failed to regularly get the ball to the 6-foot-11 Nnaji, who was leading the nation in field goal percentage coming into Thursday after making 33 of 39 (85 percent) shots.

“If you lead the nation in anything, you are outstanding,” Miller said. “Zeke Nnaji has proven that when he gets the ball, especially around the rim, great things happen.”

Douglas Wilson led South Dakota State (4-3) with 15 points. Brandon Key added 13 and Matt Dentlinger had 11.

Things didn’t go to Arizona’s plan early as South Dakota State jumped out to an early 24-14 lead following Noah Friedel’s 3-pointer. The Jackrabbits gave up a few buckets before another push, and Wilson’s spectacular alley-oop dunk on Dentlinger’s pass made it 28-18 with 5:59 left in the first half.

South Dakota State led 32-29 at halftime. Wilson had 13 points in the first half, shooting 4 of 6 from the field and 5 of 5 on free throws.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

South Dakota State nearly pulled off the upset even without playing its best game.

First-year coach Eric Henderson said the Jackrabbits left “a lot of things on the table” after turning the ball over 21 times and committing 26 fouls.

“We’re going to battle, we’re going to compete,” Henderson said. “We’ve gone to places like this and won before. We’re not really in awe of the moment. I’m not really into moral victories, but I am proud of our guys and how they competed.”

NOBODY’S PERFECT

It took a while, but Nnaji finally missed a shot.

The freshman grabbed an offensive rebound in the second half and missed the put-back to miss for the first time in nearly three games. Over the past three games, he’s still shooting 19 of 20 (95 percent) from the field.

BIG PICTURE

South Dakota State: The two-time defending Summit League regular-season champions are rebuilding after losing most of their roster from last year, but the new group showed plenty of potential.

Arizona: The Wildcats finally faced some adversity after mostly breezing through their nonconference schedule. The test wasn’t a bad thing considering the Wildcats have games against Baylor and Gonzaga in the coming weeks.

“Tonight we almost learned the hard way,” Miller said. “We have to play smarter.”

UP NEXT

South Dakota State hosts Mississippi Valley on Sunday.

Arizona hosts Long Beach State on Sunday.

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Leaders

South Dakota State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
O. King 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Wilson 15 0 0 4 1 0
Arizona PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Hazzard 0 0 1 1 0 0
J. Green 15 0 1 2 3 0

Team Comparison

SDSt Ariz
Points For 64 71
Field Goals 22/47-47% 23/53-43%
Three Pointers 7/19-37% 3/17-18%
Free Throws 13/19-68% 22/30-73%
Offensive Rebounds 8 14
Defensive Rebounds 22 18
Rebounds 31 32
Blocks 3 3
Steals 6 7
Turnovers 21 15
Personal Fouls 26 19
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Ariz Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Nov 21 SDSt 64 @ Ariz 71 T. Buchanan 2 D. Doutrive 2

Game Information

Stadium: McKale Memorial Center, Tucson, Arizona
Attendance: 12,828
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