LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KSNW) – Wichita State forced overtime against Arizona Friday night after trailing by 16 points, but the Wildcats surged for an 82-78 overtime win in the first game of the Roman Main Event.
The Shockers trailed 40-33 at halftime, and eventually by 16 points but outscored Arizona 36-29 in the second half to force overtime after a game-tying three-pointer from Tyson Etienne with 17 seconds remaining.
The Wildcats opened overtime on a 9-0 scoring run and the Shockers never recovered in the four-point loss.
Etienne scored 24 of his team-high 27 points in the second half.
Wichita State will play Michigan or UNLV on Sunday in Las Vegas as part of the Roman Main Event.