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No. 2 Arizona drops second straight in Battle 4 Atlantis

Arizona guard Allonzo Trier (35) drives to the basket against SMU during an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services Photo via AP)

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Ben Emelogu scored 20 points and SMU upset No. 2 Arizona 66-60 on Thursday night in the Battle 4 Atlantis consolation round, handing the Wildcats their second consecutive loss to an unranked opponent.

The Mustangs (5-1) blew an 11-point lead in the second half, but responded with a 10-2 run to go ahead for good. SMU won despite shooting 31 percent, though the Mustangs scored 19 points off 20 Arizona turnovers.

Shake Milton added 14 points, including four free throws in the final 70 seconds.

And for the second straight night, the Wildcats (3-2) found themselves on the wrong side of a stunning defeat. Arizona lost 90-84 to North Carolina State on Wednesday in the first round.

Allonzo Trier scored 22 points to lead the Wildcats. They will face No. 18 Purdue on Friday in the seventh-place game. The Mustangs will play Western Kentucky for fifth place.

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