HONOLULU (AP) — Kadeem Allen took the ball the length of the court and scored with 1.3 seconds left and No. 10 Arizona beat No. 12 Michigan State 65-63 on Friday night in the Armed Forces Classic.
Kobi Simmons led the Wildcats in the season opener for both teams with 18 points while Lauri Markkanen scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. Allen finished with 10 points.
The Wildcats won despite playing without guard Allonzo Trier, who is out for unspecified reasons. Trier was Arizona’s third-leading scorer last season at 14.8 points per game.
Michigan State freshman Miles Bridges wowed the crowd with some impressive dunks and he finished with 21 points and seven rebounds.
The Wildcats are also missing redshirt freshman Ray Smith, who tore his right ACL for the second straight year during an exhibition game against College of Idaho. The torn ACL was Smith’s third in three years, leading him to end his basketball career.
Michigan State announced last month that forward Ben Carter, a graduate transfer from UNLV, needed knee surgery that will keep him out “an extended period,” after he was hurt while defending a shot.
ARIZONA: Michigan State was the Wildcats’ highest-ranked season-opening opponent since 2001-02 when they opened against No. 2 Maryland. Expect the Wildcats to compete for the Pac-12 title and a potential deep run in the NCAA Tournament. How long Trier is out will play a big role early in the season.
MICHIGAN STATE: This was the first of several big tests in November. The Spartans will face second-ranked Kentucky, No. 1 Duke and potentially, No. 13 Louisville later this month. They have never faced three top 15 opponents in November and have never played four top 15 opponents in any month during the regular season.
ARIZONA: Arizona faces Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday in Tucson.
MICHIGAN STATE: The Spartans will play No. 2 Kentucky at the Champions Classic in New York on Tuesday.