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Arizona escapes Utah with share of Pac-12 title

Mar 1, 2015 - 5:14 AM Salt Lake City, UT ( - Kaleb Tarczewski had 13 points and six rebounds to lead No. 7 Arizona to a 63-57 victory over 13th-ranked Utah on Saturday.

Stanley Johnson posted 12 points and 11 rebounds and Gabe York added 12 points for the Wildcats (26-3, 14-2 Pac-12), who claimed a share of the Pac-12 title with the victory.

Delon Wright scored 17 points with five rebounds and Jordan Loveridge added 10 points and six boards for the Utes (22-6, 12-4), who have lost two of their last three games.

After Brandon Ashley hit a jumper to give Arizona a 53-51 lead with 4 1/2 minutes to play, Isaiah Wright was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three to give the Utes a one-point lead.

Following a Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dunk, Brandon Taylor nailed a 3 for a two- point Utah lead. York made his first free throw then missed his second, but he grabbed the rebound and tipped the ball in for a 58-57 advantage.

Taylor then missed a 3, but T.J. McConnell was called for an offensive foul to give the ball back to Utah with 43.8 seconds showing.

Wright missed his layup attempt and Hollis-Jefferson made two from the line with 34.2 seconds left for a 60-57 advantage.

York blocked a 3-point attempt from Taylor, and Taylor then missed on a layup before Hollis-Jefferson made 1-of-2 with 10.8 seconds to play.

Wright's 3-point attempt at the other end was well off the mark as Arizona was able to hang on for the win.

The score stayed close in the first half until a 9-0 run from Arizona saw the team grab some space as Johnson capped the run with a 3-pointer for a 17-8 lead with just under nine minutes to play.

The scoring picked up at that point and a pair of 3s from Brekkott Chapman got Utah back in the game. Elliott Pitts hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to give the Wildcats a 29-28 lead at the break.

Game Notes

Arizona made just 33.3 percent of its attempts while Utah shot 30.9 percent ... The Wildcats won the rebound battle, 44-35 ... Utah plays at Washington State on Thursday ... Arizona hosts California on Thursday ... Arizona holds a narrow 30-28 lead in the all-time series thanks to wins in each of the last 12 meetings with Utah.