Arizona Basketball Survives at home, beats the Ducks


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How It Happened: Arizona's rough shooting night wasn't apparent from the start, as the Wildcats (4-12, 0-5 Pac-12) made 4-of-7 attempts to open the game and take a 10-3 lead.

A third time put OR away.

"I think we are getting better with that every day", Alkins said of his team's start.

The game Miller references is Saturday's noon showdown against OR (12-5), who beat 11th-ranked Arizona State 76-72 on Thursday.

Clinging to a 67-66 lead in the fourth quarter, UCLA (12-4, 3-2 Pac-12) got a layup from Canada to spark a 5-0 spurt and hung on from the free-throw line over the final 4 minutes to seal it.

Alkins, who missed the Wildcats' first eight games with a broken foot, was rather nonchalant about the slam, laughing with teammates as he sprinted back on defense.

Arizona wasn't as effective in turning points into turnovers - 12 points from turnovers, compared to Oregon's 20. "But I think Kodi said it very well".

The Ducks bounced back on Thursday with a strong all-around game, knocking of No. 11 Arizona State 76-72 for their first win as an unranked team against a top-11 team in 41 years. Coach Larry Krystkowiak had to stop mid-sentence at his postgame news conference as Hill was heard in another room, shouting and swearing at Pac-12 coordinator of officiating Bobby Dibler.

OR plays Arizona Saturday morning.

OR dominated the Sun Devils in the paint, outscoring them by 22 inside while grabbing 15 offensive rebounds.

Oregon State led the entire first half and was up 22-21 at the break, the lowest-scoring half for Arizona this season, and the lowest-scoring for a Beavers opponent.

"Nobody works harder than Allonzo", Miller said. "Like Keanu, he didn't play against Oregon State but the next trip in the Bay we're gonna need everybody".

The Wildcats kept the run trend rolling, scoring eight straight points to go up 51-40 early in the second half.

Despite the injury, Holder returned to the game shortly after, but managed to score just two points in the first half.

The Cardinal (10-8, 4-1 Pac-12) had not won both games of a Pac-12 road trip since sweeping the OR schools in February 2010. As the Wildcats would begin to seemingly pull away, the Ducks would have an answer.

Malachi Flynn led Washington Statewith 24 points, including seven three-pointers. The Huskies were unable to overcome long scoreless stretches in both halves and were outrebounded 48-28.

BERKELEY, Calif. - Kristine Anigwe had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Penina Davidson added 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting with nine boards to help California hold off Washington. Davis de-committed from Washington after Lorenzo Romar was sacked last March and instead ended up at Stanford. OR led by 1 with 3 minutes left, when Trier hit Ayton with a lob that the big man thundered down with one hand. He did have seven turnovers.

Miller praised Pinder for his gritty effort against the Ducks, with two blocks and a rebound, while making four free throws at the end of the second half. They almost gave it all away as the Huskies scored 11 of the next 13 points and pulled within 60-56 on Crisp's basket with 6:09 left.

What was good for UA was it outscored OR by 13 from the free-throw line, 34-21.

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