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No. 11 Arizona escapes with 75-73 OT win over Santa Clara

Arizona guard Gabe York, left, and center Dusan Ristic react during overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Wooden Legacy tournament in Fullerton, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Arizona won 75-73 in overtime.
Arizona guard Gabe York, left, and center Dusan Ristic react during overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Wooden Legacy tournament in Fullerton, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Arizona won 75-73 in overtime. The Associated Press

FULLERTON – Gabe York scored seven of his 11 points in overtime, and No. 11 Arizona escaped with a 75-73 victory over winless Santa Clara on Thursday night in the opening round of the DirecTV Wooden Legacy.

Ryan Anderson led the Wildcats (5-0) with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Mark Tollefsen added 13 points before fouling out in overtime, and Kaleb Tarczewski had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Jared Brownridge scored a career-high 44 points for the Broncos (0-6), hitting seven 3-pointers and making all 15 of his free throws. He surpassed James Harden’s tournament record of 40 points set with Arizona State.

Brownridge’s seventh 3 tied the game for the last time at 73-all with 32 seconds left after the Broncos committed two straight turnovers.

York got fouled and missed the first, but made the second to put the Wildcats ahead 74-73. The Broncos inbounded on the baseline, but K.J. Feagin stepped out of bounds running up the sideline with a second left.

Anderson got fouled and made the first for a 75-73 lead before missing the second. The Broncos inbounded again on the baseline, but Brownridge’s desperation 3-pointer from midcourt missed at the buzzer.

Jarvis Pugh missed two free throws that could have won the game in regulation for Santa Clara. York’s potential winning 3-pointer missed at the buzzer for Arizona, sending it to overtime tied 65-all.

The score was even at 54 before Arizona made five free throws and Tollefsen hit two baskets in a 9-3 spurt that gave the Wildcats a 63-57 lead. Santa Clara came right back and tied it 63-all on six straight points, capped by Brownridge’s 3-pointer.

Anderson scored and got fouled, but missed the free throw. Brownridge got fouled and made both for another tie at 65. Anderson missed a jumper with 6 seconds to go.

Brownridge sparked the Broncos, scoring eight points in a 13-4 spurt that tied the game at 54. Their defense was big, too. Feagin stole the ball from Allonzo Trier and scored on a fast-break layup, and Matt Hubbard blocked a shot by Anderson.

Brownridge scored five of Santa Clara’s first seven points in the second half to pull the Broncos into a 34-all tie. Arizona responded with a 16-7 run to lead 50-41.

Santa Clara ran off 12 consecutive points, including eight by Brownridge, to cut Arizona’s lead to 32-27 late in the first half. The Wildcats struggled with turnovers the Broncos converted into transition baskets. Kadeem Allen’s bucket left Arizona ahead 34-27 at the break.

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