Nic Wise scored 21 points, including three free throws in the final 31 seconds, and Arizona upset No. 4 Gonzaga, 69-64, at the Desert Classic in Phoenix yesterday.
Jordan Hill added 22 points and Chase Budinger had 14 for the Wildcats (7-2), who beat a team ranked in the top four for the first time since Nov. 8, 2001, when they beat No. 2 Maryland.
Arizona, which led most of the game, outscored Gonzaga (7-1) 7-2 over the last 2 minutes, 25 seconds, with Hill and Wise scoring all of the points. Austin Daye had 22 points and Matt Bouldin added 14 for the Bulldogs.
Gonzaga seemed to unravel in the clutch, with a spate of turnovers in the final 2 minutes. It was the Bulldogs' second straight game against a Pac-10 opponent, but after blitzing Washington State 74-52 at Pullman on Wednesday, they struggled to cope with Arizona's athleticism.
In other men's games:
* Harvey Hale had a season-high 17 points to help No. 11 Wake Forest (9-0) beat visiting Wright State, 66-53 . . . Jeff Pendergraph and Derek Glasser scored all of Arizona State's four points in overtime, and the 20th-ranked Sun Devils (8-1) rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to defeat IUPUI, 59-58, at the Desert Classic . . . Scott Vandermeer scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and Josh Mayo added 11 of his 17 points in the closing minutes to lead Illinois-Chicago (6-2) to a 66-60 upset at Georgia Tech (5-2) . . . Tyrone Lewis scored 23 points to lead Niagara (7-2) to a 70-55 win at South Florida.
In women's games:
* Tina Charles had 29 points and 18 rebounds to help top-ranked Connecticut (7-0) beat Penn State (5-5), 77-63, in the second game of the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden before a crowd of 9,417. In the first game, Epiphanny Prince scored 25 points to help No. 14 Rutgers (6-2) top Army, 59-38 . . . Brittainey Raven scored 21 points and No. 6 Texas (9-0) continued its best start in 20 years with a 73-59 win over visiting No. 7 Tennessee (7-0).