Wildcats lose close one

Arizona started slow and never really recovered, as it lost to Oregon 59-57 on Saturday at McKale.

Arizona started slow and never recovered, as it was defeated by the Oregon Ducks 59-57 on Saturday at McKale.

Oregon jumped out to a 5-2 lead due to a three-pointer and jumper from E.J. Singler. Garret Sim then hit his own jumper, but Solomon Hill answered and Jesse Perry scored to cut the lead to 7-6 with a little over 15 minutes left in the first half. Olu Ashaolu then scored seven points that were only answered by two from Angelo Chol as the Ducks extended their lead to 14-8 with about 13 minutes left. Singler followed with a basket that forced the Wildcats to take a time out, down 16-8.

Kevin Parrom tried to bring Arizona back with four straight points, but the teams then exchanged buckets before a Josiah Turner layup a few minutes later cut the Ducks' lead to 19-15 with a little over eight minutes left in the half. The lead held for a few minutes until Ashaolu hit a jumper and Devoe Joseph added a three. After an Arizona scored, Tyrone Nared hit a three to give the Ducks a ten-point lead with about three minutes left.

Woods would add another jumper before the half to put the Ducks up 34-22 going into the half. Arizona only had 21 shot attempts in the first half compared to 29 for the Ducks, who shot 48 percent from the field.

Oregon started the half with four straight points and then answered a Hill jumper with a three to go up 17 points three minutes into the second half. Fogg and Hill hit three-pointers that were only answered by a Joseph two to bring the Wildcats within 11 before Hill hit yet another three to cut it to eight with about 13 minutes left.

Sim hit a jumper, but Hill got a steal at halfcourt and nailed a breakaway dunk it addition to getting fouled, as the free throw cut Oregon's lead to 47-40 with 11:31 left. Both teams exchanged free throws and two by Perry cut the lead to 48-42 before a basket by Joseph brought it back to eight with nine minutes left.

The teams exchanged free throws and Oregon's lead was extended to nine with two of them by Singler. Johnson answered with a three-pointer from the corner to make it 54-48 with about five minutes left. Turner added a two coming out of the timeout and a jumper by Johnson brought it within two with just under four minutes left.

Oregon took timeout and Turner forced a turnover almost right out of it, converting on a dunk to tie the game at 54 with under three minutes left. Johnson then added two free throws and Arizona took the 56-54 lead, but Singler hit a layup to tie the game with about 2:30 left. Sim answered by hitting a big three-pointer that gave the Ducks the 59-56 lead with 1:34 left and forced Arizona to call timeout.

Arizona had a chance to bring it within one, but Turner only hit one of two free throws with 1:25 left. Arizona had numerous chances to tie it at the end, but Turner airballed a three, Lavender missed one as well, and Fogg missed a short jumper as time expired.

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