Arizona Wildcats

No. 17 Arizona holds off No. 25 Arizona State for 77-70 win

Arizona's players left the court after warm-ups to a profane chant from Arizona State's students. Once the game started, the action got so intense a Wildcats' male cheerleader was escorted out by security.

No question, the rivalry in the desert has heated up.

One aspect remains the same: Arizona finding a way to win.

Deandre Ayton had 25 points and 16 rebounds, and No. 17 Arizona used a late run to hold off No. 25 Arizona State 77-70 on Thursday night to sweep the season series.

"It was hard fought," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "It wasn't always pretty, but we played through some rough patches."

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