In a thrilling conclusion to the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu, the Arizona Wildcats beat the Michigan State Spartans in thrilling fashion, as Kadeem Allen went coast-to-coast and scored the game winning lay-up. Arizona couldn't crack the top rankings, but it was a hard fought victory, as the Wildcats saw an early deficit. But thanks to coach Sean Miller's calm demeanor, the Wildcats clawed their way back and won the game on Veteran's Day.

What went wrong?

The Wildcats opened the game sluggishly, seeing a 9-0 deficit caused by missed opportunities and 5 turnovers. Things didn't get much better in the 1st half, as the Spartans opened up a 17-2 lead.

It looked all but over for Arizona, but never say never with the Cardiac Cats. With Allonzo Trier out and retiring from Basketball, Arizona faced morale issues, but Miller didn't let his team freak out. By forcing Michigan State to settle for perimeter shots and make costly turnovers, Arizona had a terrific surge of offense, going into the halftime with a 34-30 lead.

2nd half grind

Both teams came out of halftime with plenty of energy. The dynamic play of Arizona caused too many unnecessary fouls by the Spartans, and eventually the Wildcats were in the bonus with 14:13 left in the 2nd half. That won't cause a winning culture for Michigan State any time soon. The game caught fire, leading to a double-technical between Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Miles Bridges with about 5 minutes left in the half.

This would be indicative to the end of the game, as these two colleges fought a long, arduous battle. Arizona would lose Kobi Simmons to what looked to be an ankle injury, which would be detrimental to the Arizona offense.

End game heroics

Michigan State nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 63 with 7 seconds left on the clock.

Arizona wasn't panicking and the level-headed play of the Wildcats was a theme all night. After inbounding the ball to senior Kadeem Allen, Allen drove the length of the court and made a simple lay-up to win the game. It was like Michigan State and Tom Izzo weren't prepared for such a play, as the entire team looked like zombies on defense.

Despite facing horrific injuries and falling behind early, the Arizona Wildcats managed to fight back and get a win from the Michigan State Spartans, 65-63. The perfect way to pay homage to the U.S.S. Arizona. Maybe Kadeem Allen upped his draft-stock tonight, because it's obvious a team like the Oklahoma City Thunder need a guard to back up Russell Westbrook if they have any hopes to be competitive this year.

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