Arizona battled back from an early deficit, but ultimately fell short in a 95-89 loss to Oregon on Friday night. Here's a closer look at what happened:
* Both teams traded blows back and forth in the first half, but a complete meltdown by Arizona led to a 13-0 Oregon run that nearly put the game away right before halftime. The Wildcats made just one of their final ten shots of the half dating back to the six minute mark. During that time, Arizona committed four turnovers and trailed by 15 at halftime.
* Arizona came out of the locker room with a purpose, scoring five quick points to cut the lead down to ten, but then allowed Tyler Dorsey to hit back-to-back three pointers while the Ducks went on an 11-4 run to push the deficit back to 17 after five minutes.
* The Wildcats were able to force the lead down to four late in the game with a Parker Jackson-Cartwright three pointer. However, the game slipped away with a major lapse on the following possession. After two missed Oregon free throws, the Wildcats allowed Dillon Brooks to grab an offensive rebound. Oregon was able to score and push the lead back to six.
* Arizona kept fighting back and then the madness ensued. Down four with just seconds remaining. Gabe York buried a three pointer and cut the lead to one with just 0.7 seconds to go. Mark Tollefsen jumped in front of the inbound pass and lifted a shot towards the rim. He was fouled, but made just one of the two free throws, sending it to overtime.
* The Wildcats just ran out of gas in the overtime period. Oregon opened the game up for good two minutes into the extra period with back-to-back three pointers from Dwayne Benjamin and Brooks put the Ducks ahead for good.
Stat of the Game:
24 - Arizona has been bitten by turnovers in just about every loss this season and it was no different in the loss to Oregon. The Wildcats turned the ball over 15 times, allowing the Ducks to score 24 points off of those possessions. None were bigger than the four turnovers at the end of the first half that allowed Oregon to go on a 15-2 run over the final six minutes before heading into the locker room.
"Tonight it was an interesting game because I felt like they were the better team and the better team won," Miller said. "But if you really look at the game, for about 17:30 of the first half, though I don't feel like we ever took the lead, we were at a one-point game at that point. Two and a half minutes before halftime, and then they just kind of punched it out. 13, 15-2 run or whatever it was leading into halftime."
"That loss was 100% our fault," Tarczewski said. "Like Kadeem just said, the last two minutes of the first half were unacceptable. We kind of just lost doing what we do."null