Dec 14, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Nick Johnson (13) shoots a free throw in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Center. Arizona won 72-70. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Arizona escapes Michigan, stays undefeated

Arizona trailed by as many as 11 in the second half but managed to squeak out a late victory, 72-70, against Michigan on Saturday.

The No. 1 Wildcats were down by one point with 24.6 seconds left, but six consecutive made free throws by junior guard Nick Johnson — coupled with some key Wolverines misses down the stretch — helped keep Arizona undefeated on the season.

Four Wildcats’ starters ended up with at least 14 points, led by sophomore forward Brandon Ashley with 18.  Freshman forward Aaron Gordon, sophomore center Kaleb Tarczewski and Johnson each had the former.

Sophomore forward Glenn Robinson III led Michigan – and all scorers — with 20 points.  The Wolverines shot 47.1% from three-point range (8-17) and 50% overall (24-48) while Arizona shot 40% from three (4-10) and 44.3% (27-61), respectively.  Both teams made 14 free throw attempts in the game at Michigan.

Arizona (11-0) will enjoy five days off before taking the floor again December 19th against Southern (2-7).

Michigan (6-4) won’t play again until next Saturday, again at home against another Pac-12 foe in the Stanford Cardinal (6-2).

Conference play begins after the New Year.  For the Wildcats, they begin their Pac-12 season Jan. 2nd at home against Washington State.  Michigan begins, of course, Big Ten play the same day at Minnesota.

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