Dec. 14, 2008

ARIZONA 69, (4) GONZAGA 64
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TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker)
-- Jordan Hill scored 22 points and had seven rebounds as Arizona captured a much-needed big win with a 69-64 victory over fourth-ranked Gonzaga in the Desert Classic on Sunday.

Nic Wise chipped in a career-high 21 points for the Wildcats (7-2), who improved to 3-0 all-time against the Bulldogs.

After a dynamic first half, Arizona established a cushion of 47-38 with a 12-2 run in the opening minutes of the second half.

Hill had six points during the spurt.

Yet, Gonzaga (7-1) is too talented to be knocked out with that early, closing within a point at 59-58 with 4:35 to play as Jeremy Pargo capped a 12-5 run.

Still, the Bulldogs could not get over the top, as Pargo missed a 3-pointer with the score tied at 62-62 with 1:17 remaining.

Gonzaga's Josh Hetyvelt was whistled for coming over-the-back trying to grab an offensive rebound on the play, sending Hill to the line for two free throws that returned the lead back to the Wildcats for good.

After Pargo traveled after driving too far into the lane on Gonzaga's next possession, Hill hit a bank shot on the other end, giving Arizona a 66-62 edge with 39 seconds left.

Wise then converted 3-of-4 foul shots in the closing 31 seconds.

Austin Daye had 22 points for the Bulldogs.