No. 4 Arizona rallies to slip past Drexel

NEW YORK — Arizona was on the wrong end of a big score and finally did enough things right to advance to the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

The fourth-ranked Wildcats were down 27-8 to Drexel with 7 minutes left in the first half Wednesday night. They closed the deficit to nine at halftime and then went on to much tougher than expected 66-62 victory.

Nick Johnson scored 20 points and freshman Aaron Gordon had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats, who used a 25-4 run spanning halftime to wipe out the 19-point deficit and take their first lead of the game, 33-31 on a basket by Brandon Ashley with 16:11 to play.

That was the first of 11 lead changes in a span of 8 1-2 minutes as the Dragons stayed around a lot longer than most thought they would.

Dayton 82, California 64

At Lahaina, Hawaii, Devin Oliver had 21 points and Dayton halted an early second-half surge by California to win in the Maui Invitational.

Oliver started a key 12-point run five minutes into the second half with a tip-in and a 3-pointer, then had a steal and drive that ended in a spinning layup. Less than a minute later, 6-foot freshman Kyle Davis drove in from the top of the key in traffic for a two-handed dunk to give Dayton a 52-39 lead with less than 12 minutes left.

Utah 88, Ball State 69

At Salt Lake City, Delon Wright put his stamp on both ends of the court, scoring 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting, dishing out seven assists and grabbing five steals to lead Utah to a victory.

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