Dec 25, 2012; Honolulu, HI, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Nick Johnson (13) blocks the shot of San Diego State Aztecs guard Chase Tapley (22) in the final round of the Diamond Head Classic. Arizona beat San Diego State 68-67. Mandatory Credit: Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports

#3 Wildcats Win a Wild One Against #17 Aztecs, 68-67

Incredible. Ridiculous. Heart Pounding.

A sure fire lay up with under 3 seconds left looked to give the San Diego State Aztecs a huge victory, but Arizona sophomore Nick Johnson, as if on springs, came out of no where to block the shot off the backboard and secure the win for the Wildcats.

The first half of the game was riddled with bobbled passes, missed shots, and any other sort of miscues one can come up with.   However, the second half had much more offensive production as the teams scored 79 points between themselves.  SDSU, after being down by two at the half, came out hot and went up by eight within the first few minutes.  UA, not wanting to be left in the dust fought their way back, and  both teams jockeyed for the lead the rest of the game.

With the win, third ranked Arizona goes to 12-0, while 17th ranked State falls to 11-2.  This ties UA’s best start since 1987-88, when they went to their first Final Four under Lute Olson.

Arizona was led by tournament MVP Solomon Hill’s 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists, while Kevin Parrom added 17 points ( including 3-5 from long range) off the bench.  San Diego was led by Chase Tapley and his 19 points.

Mark Lyons, Arizona’s clutch end of the game guard, hit two free throws with less than 15 seconds in the game, which eventually gave the Wildcats another instant classic.  This is Lyons second end of the game heroics, with the first coming against Florida.

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