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Oregon cranks up defense to beat Arizona 59-54

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Oregon could feel the tide shifting. Arizona had found an offensive rhythm, the fans inside McKale Center rising and roaring with each made shot.

Unlike a week earlier, when they blew a seemingly-insurmountable lead against UCLA, the Ducks turned back the charge and earned a win in one of college basketball's toughest environments.

Call it a lesson learned.

Dominant defensively early and poised down the stretch, Oregon played a second straight solid all-around game since losing to the Bruins, holding off Arizona 59-54 Thursday night.

Paul White scored 16 points and Victor Bailey Jr. added 13 for the Ducks, who blew an eight-point lead in the final 45 seconds against UCLA.

''UCLA helped us, maybe getting punched in the face, guys knowing they need to step up,'' Bailey said.

The once-fast Ducks have had to slow down in recent games due to a string of injuries, relying on their defense rather than outscoring opponents.

Oregon (11-6, 2-2 Pac-12) got Kenny Wooten back after missing four games with a broken jaw, though he played limited minutes and star freshman Bol Bol was on the bench in a walking boot.

The Ducks still stuck to their shut-them-down game plan, hounding Arizona (13-5, 4-1) into one miss after another while building a 13-point lead midway through in the second half.

The Wildcats found an offensive rhythm and pulled within 55-51 on Dylan Smith's 3-pointer with 1:24 left. Smith hit another 3 to get Arizona within 57-54 with four seconds left, but Payton Pritchard hit two free throws to seal it.

Chase Jeter had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Arizona, which shot 36 percent and went 6 for 22 from the 3-point arc.

''You have to give their defense credit,'' Arizona coach Sean Miller said. ''We were out of sorts, never could get into an offensive rhythm. Several of our guys had a tough night shooting it.''

Arizona took control of the early Pac-12 race after an uneven run through its nonconference schedule. The Wildcats opened conference play with wins over Colorado and Utah at home and had a road sweep of the Bay Area schools last week.

The Ducks had a rough start to the Pac-12, losing to rival Oregon State and blowing the big lead in an overtime loss to UCLA. Oregon bounced back with a 21-point win over USC in one of its best all-around games of the season.

The Ducks were good on the defensive end against Arizona, holding the Wildcats without a field goal for nearly eight minutes while building a nine-point lead. Oregon held Arizona to 23 points, 8-of-27 shooting, including 2 for 11 from the 3-point arc and forced nine turnovers to lead by eight at halftime.

''The first eight minutes or so, we took some tough, challenged 3s,'' Miller said. ''We had gotten away from that and it served us well. At halftime I would say we didn't have nine turnovers, we really had 14 because we took five just horrible, challenged, selfish shots.''

The defensive shutdown continued to start the second half. Arizona missed 11 of its first 12 shots and Oregon stretched the lead to 39-26.

After more than 30 minutes of struggling, the Wildcats finally found a way to solve Oregon's defense, trimming the Ducks lead to 45-41 with eight minutes left.

It didn't last. Arizona had a scoreless drought of more than three minutes and Oregon stretched the lead to nine, then held the Wildcats off down the stretch.

''It was big for us to make big plays on the defensive end and offensive end,'' White said.

BIG PICTURE

Oregon has turned up its defense at just the right time -outside of the UCLA game- to keep itself in the Pac-12 race.

Arizona had trouble with Oregon's length inside and struggled to get shots to fall from the perimeter in another uneven offensive performance.

WOOTEN'S RETURN

Wooten's return gave the Ducks a lift. Wearing a clear mask to protect his jaw, he had five points and seven rebounds in 25 high-energy minutes.

''It's weird when he's not out there and when he's out there, you see somebody jumping 100 feet in the air,'' Bailey said. ''It's always good to have Kenny out there.''

UP NEXT

Oregon plays at Arizona State on Saturday.

Arizona hosts Oregon State on Saturday.

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Key Players
P. Pritchard
B. Williams
29.6 Min. Per Game 29.6
11.4 Pts. Per Game 11.4
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
2.6 Reb. Per Game 2.6
38.5 Field Goal % 37.3
31.8 Three Point % 28.9
90.6 Free Throw % 78.8
+ 1 Payton Pritchard made 2nd of 2 free throws 3.0
+ 1 Payton Pritchard made 1st of 2 free throws 3.0
  Personal foul on Brandon Williams 3.0
+ 3 Dylan Smith made 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
  Lost ball turnover on Payton Pritchard, stolen by Alex Barcello 7.0
  Lost ball turnover on Justin Coleman, stolen by Payton Pritchard 9.0
+ 1 Louis King made 2nd of 2 free throws 16.0
+ 1 Louis King made 1st of 2 free throws 16.0
  Personal foul on Brandon Randolph 16.0
  Defensive rebound by Louis King 17.0
  Brandon Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 19.0
Team Stats
Points 59 54
Field Goals 22-57 (38.6%) 19-52 (36.5%)
3-Pointers 7-17 (41.2%) 6-22 (27.3%)
Free Throws 8-13 (61.5%) 10-15 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 35 40
Offensive 7 8
Defensive 25 28
Team 3 4
Assists 11 9
Steals 7 5
Blocks 6 1
Turnovers 8 14
Fouls 15 16
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
12 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Oregon 11-6 312859
home team logo Arizona 13-5 233154
Team Stats
away team logo Oregon 11-6 70.0 PPG 37 RPG 13.2 APG
home team logo Arizona 13-5 70.9 PPG 38.3 RPG 12.4 APG
Key Players
13
P. White F 10.6 PPG 3.9 RPG 1.4 APG 45.1 FG%
4
C. Jeter F 10.9 PPG 6.6 RPG 0.6 APG 57.4 FG%
Top Scorers
P. White F 16 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
C. Jeter F 12 PTS 10 REB 1 AST
38.6 FG% 36.5
41.2 3PT FG% 27.3
61.5 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. White 16 5 2 7/10 2/3 0/2 2 30 0 1 1 2 3
V. Bailey Jr. 13 3 2 5/13 3/5 0/0 1 31 0 0 1 0 3
L. King 10 9 0 3/11 1/3 3/4 2 31 0 0 0 1 8
P. Pritchard 8 4 4 2/9 0/2 4/4 4 31 2 1 2 2 2
F. Okoro 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 2 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. White 16 5 2 7/10 2/3 0/2 2 30 0 1 1 2 3
V. Bailey Jr. 13 3 2 5/13 3/5 0/0 1 31 0 0 1 0 3
L. King 10 9 0 3/11 1/3 3/4 2 31 0 0 0 1 8
P. Pritchard 8 4 4 2/9 0/2 4/4 4 31 2 1 2 2 2
F. Okoro 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 2 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Amin 5 2 2 2/6 1/4 0/1 0 17 3 1 1 1 1
K. Wooten 5 7 1 2/4 0/0 1/2 3 25 0 1 0 1 6
W. Richardson 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 19 1 0 1 0 0
M. Norris 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 5 1 0 0 0 1
W. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Kigab - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bol - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Osborn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 59 32 11 22/57 7/17 8/13 15 200 7 6 8 7 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Jeter 12 10 1 5/12 0/0 2/5 2 31 1 0 1 3 7
B. Williams 10 7 2 3/8 1/4 3/3 2 31 1 0 2 0 7
B. Randolph 5 5 1 2/9 1/4 0/0 3 30 0 0 0 0 5
R. Luther 4 3 1 1/7 0/5 2/2 3 24 1 0 4 3 0
J. Coleman 3 5 4 1/4 1/4 0/1 1 32 1 0 4 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Jeter 12 10 1 5/12 0/0 2/5 2 31 1 0 1 3 7
B. Williams 10 7 2 3/8 1/4 3/3 2 31 1 0 2 0 7
B. Randolph 5 5 1 2/9 1/4 0/0 3 30 0 0 0 0 5
R. Luther 4 3 1 1/7 0/5 2/2 3 24 1 0 4 3 0
J. Coleman 3 5 4 1/4 1/4 0/1 1 32 1 0 4 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Lee 9 2 0 3/4 0/0 3/3 3 18 0 1 1 1 1
D. Smith 8 2 0 3/5 2/3 0/1 1 17 0 0 2 0 2
A. Barcello 3 2 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 11 1 0 0 0 2
D. Doutrive 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
S. Gettings - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. DesJardins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Weyand - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Spence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 54 36 9 19/52 6/22 10/15 16 200 5 1 14 8 28