From there, it was about free throws and execution for the Wildcats, and while Randolph would miss two of the six he attempted, Arizona had enough of a cushion to be up three points on the final possession.
The Wildcats knocked off UNLV in the Sin City on Saturday, 91-88 in overtime, thanks to a monstrous effort by freshman center Deandre Ayton-who scored a team-high 28 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
"You have to realize they are working their entire possession to keep him from getting the ball", Arizona head coach Sean Miller said. The public betting is siding with Texas A&M and I think the Aggies have better depth than the Wildcats.
Arizona freshman center DeAndre Ayton slams it home during the Wildcats' exhibition against Eastern New Mexico on November 1.
But the Wildcats had two free throws from Randolph with 17 seconds left and Texas A&M missed a chance to tie it up with seven seconds left when center Davis backed into Ayton along the baseline but took too many steps without a dribble and was called for traveling. Texas A&M rallied around DJ Hogg, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Texas A&M is off to a 7-0 start to the season including wins over USC, Penn State, Oklahoma State and West Virginia.
The Wildcats bounced back to rout Long Beach State at home, though Miller went on a long postgame rant about his team's defensive effort.
Arizona dropped out of the AP Top 25 from No. 2 after a disastrous 0-3 trip to the Bahamas, becoming the first team since Louisville in 1986 to fall out from No. 2 to unranked.
It wasn't felt so much in the entirety of the game, but Arizona's eight turnovers in the first half were "disasters" according to Miller.
The loss could have been averted and Texas A&M didn't play as well as they were capable of playing.
Tonight's matchup against the Aggies should be a track meet, with both teams averaging more than 80 points per game.
"Guys stepped up and made plays down the stretch", said Ayton, who made 4 of 9 shots. Both hit key free throws when Arizona had to hold onto a lead late. Then, after Dylan Smith was fouled immediately upon UA's inbounds, Smith hit both free throws he took with two seconds still on the clock for the final score.
"They were 20 for 24 from the free-throw line and we shot 10 free throws" Kennedy said.
That changed in the second half.
Texas A&M did everything it could to keep Arizona's star duo Allonzo Trier and Deandre Ayton from scoring.
Arizona had some growing pains, but Texas A&M wasn't going to overlook this talented roster.