Dominant second half leads Arizona to win

Arizona used a dominant second half to defeat Oregon State 71-54 on Thursday night. Read on for the complete recap.

The first half went about as bad as it could have gone, but Arizona did more than enough in the second half to defeat Oregon State 71-54 on the road.

Dusan Ristic and Rawle Alkins scored to start. Kobi Simmons then added a bucket, but two shots from Drew Eubanks cut the lead to 6-4 at the media timeout. 

Lauri Markkanen made two free-throws, but Eubanks scored again. Parker Jackson-Cartwright then made two consecutive threes, but Gligorije Rakocevic answered with a three-point play and ensuing layup to bring Arizona’s lead down to 14-11 with 11:01 left in the half.

Stephen Thompson got on the board with a free-throw and then added a basket. Allonzo Trier proceeded to score five straight to put the Wildcats up 19-14 at the under eight timeout.

Rakocevic got a three-point play and Alkins scored in the lane. Kendal Manuel  and Thompson hit a three-pointer each to give the Beavers the lead, but two free-throw from Ristic tied the game at 23.

Simmons made two free-throws and Thompson scored. JaQuori McLaughlin and Allonzo Trier exchanged baskets before Thompson scored again to give the Beavers a 29-27 lead at the half. 

Eubanks scored to begin the second half, but Allen got a three-point play. Ristic scored, but Manuel made a three.

Alkins scored and Trier picked up a three-point play. Ristic scored and Markkanen nailed a three to put the Wildcats up 42-34 with 15:16 remaining.

Trier made a free-throw and Markkanen made three. Thompson scored, but a three by Simmons put the Wildcats up 49-36 with just over 11 minutes left. 

Trier and Alkins proceeded to score and Oregon State called timeout with the lead extended to 17.

Ristic and Thompson scored as did Simmons and Eubanks. Eubanks then hit two free-throws, but Trier scored.

Manuel hit a three and Keanu Pinder scored scored before a bucket by Thompson. Trier then made two free-throws and Arizona led 65-47 with about three minutes left. 

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