Arizona started the game in impressive fashion, but a Clemson run put it into question.
However, Arizona handled the adversity well and defeated Clemson 66-54 on the road Saturday night.
Brandon Ashley started the scoring with a three-pointer and after a bucket by Devin Booker, Mark Lyons was able to make a layup to put the Wildcats up 5-2 at the media timeout. Booker hit a jumper to put the Tigers within one, but Lyons nailed a three-pointer to get the points right back.
Solomon Hill followed with his first points of the night and a layup by Kaleb Tarczewski forced Clemson to take a timeout with the Wildcats up 12-4 with about 13 minutes left in the half.
Nick Johnson banked in a three-pointer to extend the lead to 15-4 and Adonis Filer ended the run by making one of two free-throws. Johnson came right back and made a layup as Arizona led 17-5 with ten minutes left in the first half.
K.J. McDaniels made a three-pointer to cut the lead to single digits, but Lyons came right back with a three-point play and a score off a steal to force a timeout up 22-8 with about nine minutes left.
Milton Jennings came out of the timeout with a three-pointer and Booker scored off an offensive rebound to bring Clemson within nine. Grant Jerrett scored his first points of the night by making two free-throws, but Booker made one of two free-throws to make it 24-13.
McDaniels made a layup and Damarcus Harrison followed with a basket of his own to make it 24-17 and force an Arizona timeout.
Arizona went about nine minutes without a field goal before Johnson missed a layup and Lyons was able to dunk in the offensive rebound to put the Wildcats up 26-17 with about three minutes left in the half.
After a Clemson free-throw, Filer made a jumper to cut the UA lead to 26-20 before he added two free-throws to bring the Tigers within four points.
McDaniels dunked home an offensive rebound with about 30 seconds left, but Brandon Ashley made two free-throws to get it right back as Arizona led 28-24 at the half.
McDaniels started the half with a dunk off an offensive rebound, but Johnson answered with a three-pointer. Hill then followed with a bucket inside, but a layup by Filer brought Arizona's lead to five.
Jennings was wide open for a dunk in transition and with Arizona only up three, Tarczewski got an offensive rebound to put it back at five with under 17 minutes left. Jennings scored again to make it a three-point game, but a three-point play by Filer tied the game at 35.
Hill made one of two free-throws to give the Wildcats the lead with about 15 minutes left, but Clemson got the lead off a layup by Rod Hall that forced Arizona to call timeout with 12:52 left in the second half.
Kevin Parrom was called for a flagrant and McDaniels made both free-throws to put the Tigers up three. Hall then added a three as the shot clock expired and Arizona found itself in some trouble, down six with 12 minutes to go in the half.
Two free-throws by Hill made it a four-point game, but Clemson went up by six again shortly after. Ashley proceeded to score on an offensive rebound and Lyons added two free-throws to come within two.
Ashley tied the game up with a strong move in the pain, but Jennings put the Tigers up three with a shot from behind the arc. Jordin Mayes hit a three of his own to tie it at 47 with about eight minutes left.
Tarczewski was able to get a dunk out of a timeout to put Arizona up two and a baseline jumper by Grant Jerrett extended it to four. Lyons got to the line with 5:22 left in the half and two free-throws made it 53-47 in favor of Arizona.
Parrom came up with a steal and proceeded to make both free-throws to make it 55-47 with under four minutes left.Clemson got one free-throw of its own before Lyons made a nice move in the lane to put the UA up nine.
Jennings made a free-throw, but a basket by Parrom and Lyons put the Wildcats up 61-49 with 2:09 left in the second half. Nine seconds later, Johnson picked up a three-point play and the Wildcats had a 15-point lead.
Clemson added a three-pointer to cut the lead to 12, but it was not enough as Johnson made two free-throws to seal the game.