Arizona got back in the win column and improved to 17-5 on the season and 5-4 in Pac-12 play with a 80-63 win over Oregon State. Here's a closer look at what happened:
Player of the Game:
Gabe York - The senior was quiet for parts of the game, but had scoring bursts that helped keep the Wildcats in it. York finished the game with six three pointers, a new career best. The shooting guard totalled a career-high 24 points and seven rebounds on the night, but also added an assist as well. It wasn't the best game for York on the defensive end, but he was able to keep Malcolm Duvivier off the board for Oregon State.
* Arizona started slow, hitting just one of its first five shots, but then turned it around hitting for of the next five to jump out to an early lead. Mark Tollefsen hit a long ball just before York had a steal and layup. Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski both got buckets inside to extend the scoring streak to 9-0 and giving Arizona a 14-6 lead.
* The Wildcats jumped back out in front on the strength of several three-pointers. Anderson got a dunk down low off a nifty inside pass from Dusan Ristic while York and Parker Jackson-Cartwright both poured in long balls to give Arizona a 27-20 lead.
* Oregon State hung around for most of the second half, but things changed with just over nine minutes to go. Jackson-Cartwright stole a pass and went coast-to-coast for a layup and then hit a three pointer to spark the crowd and give Arizona a 61-48 lead as the Wildcats pulled away for good.
Stat of the Game:
300 - With the win, Sean Miller notched win number 300 in his coaching career. It was his 180th win as Head Coach at Arizona. Miller is currently averaging 27 wins per season in the desert and 26 over the course of his 11 year career as a head coach.
"For us, Gabe York's shooting broke the game open and he did it multiple times," Sean Miller said. "There aren't many shooters in the country that are better. I love the fact that he also had seven rebounds. We got a complete game from Parker (Jackson-Cartwright).
"It just seems that when Parker plays very well, our team is that much better. The second half in particular Parker with the steal, pushing the ball in transition, shooting the three, and doing a good job on defense I thought ignited us to have the lead we ended up having at the end of the game."
“Coach challenged all of us and I took that to heart," York said. "I took it upon myself and know that I have to be a better captain and a better leader. Tonight my teammates found me, so give them a lot of credit. They found me in open areas where I could knock shots down, and tonight I did."null