Nick Johnson blocked a layup by Chase Tapley in the closing seconds Tuesday night as No. 3 Arizona rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second half and remained undefeated with a 68-67 win over No. 17 San Diego State in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic.
Mark Lyons hit a pair of free throws with 13 seconds remaining for the last points by Arizona (12-0), which is off to its best start in 25 years.
Tapley led the Aztecs (11-2) with 19 points, and he looked to have the game-winner when he found a clear path down the left side of the lane. Johnson, however, came racing over from the 3-point line and swatted the ball away, the buzzer sounding during a battle for the loose ball.
The Wildcats celebrated at midcourt, their first win against a ranked opponent away from home since beating Gonzaga in December 2008.
Solomon Hill kept Arizona in the game and finished with 21 points. He was voted the tournament MVP.
Jamaal Franklin, the leading scorer for San Diego Sta...