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Trier leads late flurry to lift No. 17 Arizona past Beavers

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Tough defense ignited enough offense for No. 17 Arizona to get the Wildcats a bounce-back victory over Oregon State on Thursday night.

Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and the Wildcats, coming off a road loss at Colorado, pulled away from a sluggish, close game in the final 7 1/2 minutes to beat the Beavers 62-53.

''I am happy with our defensive effort,'' Arizona coach Sean Miller said. ''That's as hard as we've played. It's not really my opinion. You look out and see things happen. Guys are really helping each other, pressing the ball.''

Deandre Ayton had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Rawle Alkins scored 11 points, nine in the second half, for the Wildcats (13-4, 3-1 Pac-12).

''The best offense is good defense,'' Alkins said. ''Defense-to-offense, we had a lot of great plays.''

Tres Tinkle scored 18 points and Stephen Thompson Jr. had 14 for the Beavers (10-6, 2-2), who have won just once in Tucson in the last 35 years (2010).

''It was a physical game. You saw that down the stretch,'' Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle said, ''and we weren't able to make plays.''

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.

''We felt like we should have had a little more of a lead,'' Tinkle said, ''then they did what they did.''

The Wildcats outscored the visitors 24-14 over the final 7:33.

''Our defensive effort and the consistent effort broke the game open,'' Miller said.

It took quite a while for Arizona to figure out how to get anything against Oregon State's match-up zone defense.

''You can practice, prepare,'' Miller said, ''but until you get in the game you don't realize the size they have, how well they communicate. They do a really good job.''

The Beavers took a 12-2 lead over the cold-shooting Wildcats, an early spurt capped by Tinkle's 3-pointer.

Tinkle's inside basket gave Oregon State a 22-15 lead 5:30 before the break but the Beavers never scored again in the half. Instead, Ira Lee's three-point play on a breakaway stuff and Trier's 3-pointer cut the lead to 22-21 with 3:11 to go, and neither team could score again before halftime.

Arizona finally got the lead with six straight points, including a breakaway dunk by Trier and a spinning reverse dunk by Alkins, both baskets off turnovers, and the Wildcats were up 29-26 with 16:30 to play.

It was back and forth after that until Ayton's rebound basket put Arizona ahead for good, 40-39 with 7:33 left. That ignited the 16-3 run that finally put the game under control for the Wildcats. Alkins scored seven in the surge, capping it with a 3-pointer that put Arizona up 54-42 with 4:10 to play.

''Rawle does everything,'' Miller said. ''He's the most versatile player on our team.''

NO COMPLAINING

The victory came in the first game since Miller complained, following the Colorado loss, that he just can't get to these players, including one of the top freshman classes in the game. He had no such complaint after beating the Beavers.

''It was what I had hoped for,'' Miller said. ''We're a team that's really practicing hard. We've had four really hard days coming off of the Colorado game. Sometimes that's what you need, an opportunity to learn. And there's no better learning opportunity than when you fail.''

BIG PICTURE

OREGON STATE: The Beavers have patience and enough talent to cause problems against opponents, even in the highly unfriendly environment of McKale Center. They could be especially dangerous when teams come to Corvallis.

ARIZONA: The Wildcats were lulled into ineffectiveness throughout the first half but finally won with their defense. That's the part of the game Miller wants to emphasis in his frustrating efforts with the highly talented but inconsistent team.

UP NEXT

Oregon State: at Arizona State on Saturday.

Arizona: hosts Oregon on Saturday.

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Key Players
T. Tinkle
D. Ayton
31.9 Min. Per Game 31.9
20.4 Pts. Per Game 20.4
1.6 Ast. Per Game 1.6
11.6 Reb. Per Game 11.6
48.4 Field Goal % 63.0
36.1 Three Point % 33.3
83.8 Free Throw % 70.6
  Defensive rebound by Allonzo Trier 0.0
  Ethan Thompson missed jump shot, blocked by Allonzo Trier 2.0
+ 1 Allonzo Trier made 2nd of 2 free throws 9.0
+ 1 Allonzo Trier made 1st of 2 free throws 9.0
  Personal foul on Ethan Thompson 9.0
+ 2 Stephen Thompson Jr. made layup 12.0
  Defensive rebound by Tres Tinkle 32.0
  Deandre Ayton missed 2nd of 2 free throws 32.0
  Deandre Ayton missed 1st of 2 free throws 32.0
  Personal foul on Tres Tinkle 32.0
  Offensive rebound by Deandre Ayton 34.0
Team Stats
Points 53 62
Field Goals 22-56 (39.3%) 22-53 (41.5%)
3-Pointers 6-14 (42.9%) 6-21 (28.6%)
Free Throws 3-8 (37.5%) 12-16 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 33 35
Offensive 8 8
Defensive 23 25
Team 2 2
Assists 7 14
Steals 5 9
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 15 11
Fouls 16 11
Technicals 1 0
18 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
21 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Oregon State 10-6 223153
home team logo 17 Arizona 13-4 214162
Team Stats
away team logo Oregon State 10-6 74.2 PPG 39.9 RPG 15.2 APG
home team logo 17 Arizona 13-4 72.5 PPG 38.6 RPG 12.4 APG
Key Players
3
T. Tinkle F 20.5 PPG 7.7 RPG 4.0 APG 48.9 FG%
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A. Trier G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Tinkle F 18 PTS 9 REB 2 AST
A. Trier G 21 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
39.3 FG% 41.5
42.9 3PT FG% 28.6
37.5 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Tinkle 18 9 2 7/15 4/6 0/0 3 36 1 0 7 1 8
S. Thompson Jr. 12 5 2 5/11 1/3 1/2 2 34 3 0 5 1 4
D. Eubanks 8 5 2 4/13 0/0 0/0 3 36 1 2 1 1 4
S. Berger 4 6 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 17 0 0 1 3 3
E. Thompson 4 2 0 1/6 0/2 2/4 3 34 0 0 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Tinkle 18 9 2 7/15 4/6 0/0 3 36 1 0 7 1 8
S. Thompson Jr. 12 5 2 5/11 1/3 1/2 2 34 3 0 5 1 4
D. Eubanks 8 5 2 4/13 0/0 0/0 3 36 1 2 1 1 4
S. Berger 4 6 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 17 0 0 1 3 3
E. Thompson 4 2 0 1/6 0/2 2/4 3 34 0 0 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Reichle 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 0
K. Manuel 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/2 0 11 0 0 0 0 2
A. Hollins 2 1 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 15 0 0 1 1 0
G. Rakocevic 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 0 0 1
B. Kone 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
C. N'diaye - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Sanders - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McLaughlin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Stacy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 53 31 7 22/56 6/14 3/8 16 200 5 2 15 8 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Trier 21 4 1 6/12 4/9 5/6 2 34 1 1 2 1 3
D. Ayton 14 10 1 6/8 0/0 2/4 2 29 1 1 1 4 6
R. Alkins 11 0 2 4/9 1/4 2/2 2 36 3 0 3 0 0
D. Ristic 8 8 0 3/8 0/0 2/2 1 29 0 0 1 3 5
P. Jackson-Cartwright 3 4 5 1/6 1/4 0/1 1 33 1 0 3 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Trier 21 4 1 6/12 4/9 5/6 2 34 1 1 2 1 3
D. Ayton 14 10 1 6/8 0/0 2/4 2 29 1 1 1 4 6
R. Alkins 11 0 2 4/9 1/4 2/2 2 36 3 0 3 0 0
D. Ristic 8 8 0 3/8 0/0 2/2 1 29 0 0 1 3 5
P. Jackson-Cartwright 3 4 5 1/6 1/4 0/1 1 33 1 0 3 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Lee 3 2 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 1 12 0 2 0 0 2
B. Randolph 2 3 4 1/7 0/2 0/0 2 12 3 0 1 0 3
D. Smith 0 2 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 12 0 0 0 0 2
E. Akot 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
T. Denny - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. DesJardins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Pinder - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Trillo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Barcello - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Weyand - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 33 14 22/53 6/21 12/16 11 200 9 4 11 8 25