Arizona was able to pull away in the second half to get revenge on Oregon State. Read on to find out more about the win, including the player of the game, the key moments, and more.
Arizona used strong defense throughout the game to get revenge on Oregon State. Here’s a closer look at the Wildcats 57-34 win over the Beavers:
Arizona Player of the Game:
Brandon Ashley – Once again, this award can go to just about anyone, but Brandon Ashley is the recipient for this one. The power forward finished with a game-high 12 points on five of nine from the field. Ashley also pulled down six rebounds and played shut down defense on Olaf Schaftenaar for a majority of the game.
With 9:40 to go in the first half, Stanley Johnson drove right down the lane, splitting the Beaver’s defense for an easy lay in at the rim. The bucket gave the Wildcats a 13-8 lead and forced Oregon State to call a timeout and rethink things.
Oregon State fought back to tie the game at 13, but that was when the Wildcats finally got things rolling. From that point on, Arizona went on an 11-0 run to end the half, holding the Beavers scoreless for 7:45. The Wildcats went into the locker room leading 24-13.
Arizona didn’t score a single point for almost the entire first five minutes of the second half. That was when Elliott Pitts took over, first making a bucket in transition and getting the ensuing free throw after the foul. On the next trip down the court, the wing hit a three ball, putting on a 6-0 run all by himself.
With 10:34 in the game, Brandon Ashley took the ball in the lane, performed a quick spin move and went up and under the basket for a lay in. He was fouled by Oregon State in the process and got made the free throw to take a 39-24 lead. After that, the game never seemed in question for the Wildcats and they were able to pull away for the win.
Stat of the Night:
34 - Oregon State scored just 34 points in the game, shooting just 29-percent from the field. The Beavers' total was the second lowest in McKale Center history, following the 25 points that Washington State scored just last season.
This was one ugly, ugly game. It was the kind of game where you are glad that Arizona won, but there is no real takeaways other than that. Arizona played well on defense, as it has for the past few weeks. The offense struggled at times to figure out the Oregon State defense, as it did in the first meeting. In the end, the Wildcats pulled away and defended their home court.
Stanley Johnson had a pretty bad night offensively, but the future first round draft pick found ways to help out the team. He ultimately finished with eight points and nine rebounds, but only made three of his ten shots on the evening.
Coincidentally, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had a similar night, making just three of his seven shots, but finished with 11 points after hitting all five free throws. His impact on the game was seen on the defensive end, as he shut down Gary Payton II, holding him to just six points on the night.
Sean Miller Quotable:
"Oregon State plays an excellent zone," Sean Miller said. "There aren't many teams in the country that are going to have their way with the way Oregon State plays their zone. They have a center who's a shot blocker, they're active, and they keep the tempo down, which favors the fact that they can set their zone up."
"We really try to focus on what we do," Brandon Ashley said. "In terms of (tempo), if they really want to slow us down, we want to speed them up. We want to get them to our tempo and force turnovers so we can get out in the fast break and get easy buckets that way."