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McConnell scores 6 points in overtime, No. 3 Arizona holds off No. 9 Gonzaga 66-63

  • Arizona forward Stanley Johnson (5) shoots over Gonzaga guard Gary Bell Jr. (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

    Arizona forward Stanley Johnson (5) shoots over Gonzaga guard Gary Bell Jr. (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Gonzaga guard Byron Wesley (22) shoots on Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Gonzaga guard Byron Wesley (22) shoots on Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arizona forward Brandon Ashley (21) tries to get past Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

    Arizona forward Brandon Ashley (21) tries to get past Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)  (The Associated Press)

T.J. McConnell scored six of his 12 points in overtime and No. 3 Arizona held on for a 66-63 victory over No. 9 Gonzaga after Gary Bell, Jr. air-balled the first of three missed free throws with 3.3 seconds left on Saturday.

Arizona (8-0) rallied from a poor-shooting first half and a couple of deficits in the second half to force overtime. McConnell, limited in the first half by foul trouble, was assertive in the extra period, leading the Wildcats to their 26th straight home win.

Brandon Ashley had 14 points for Arizona, which has won 35 straight regular-season non-conference games.

Gonzaga (7-1) shot well inside, but went 4 for 17 from 3-point range and had two key turnovers late in overtime.

Bell had a chance to tie the game after being fouled on a 3-pointer, but was well short on his first attempt and clanged away the other two.