Arizona made it interest from the free-throw line, but hit just enough to hold off Oregon 83-80 and win the Pac-12 Championship Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Lauri Markkanen and Dylan Ennis scored to start the game before Dillon Brooks made two free-throws and got a bucket.
Markkanen then hit two from the line, but Tyler Dorsey scored. A basket by Keanu Pinder proceeded to cut Oregon’s lead to 8-6 at the media timeout.
Brooks and Markkanen exchanged baskets before Kadeem Allen got on the board. Chance Comanche then made a jumper, but Brooks scored four straight points to give the Ducks a 14-12 lead with 11:51 left in the half.
Comanche got a dunk and Allonzo Trier made a three. Trier then hit one of two free-throws, but a three by Brooks cut Arizona’s lead to 18-17 with 7:47 remaining in the half.
Allen made three free-throws and then scored. Dusan Ristic got a basket, but Brooks did as well.
Comanche scored before Jordan Bell got a three-point play. Trier then made a three as Brooks soon hit two free-throws.
A dunk by Kavell Bigby-Williams proceeded to cut Arizona’s lead to 30-26 with 3:39 left in the half.
Bigby-Williams made a free-throw, but Rawle Alkins scored. Ennis got a quick basket, but Trier ended the half with a three-point lead as the Wildcats went into halftime up 35-29.
Pinder scored to start the second half as Allen and Markkanen followed with a basket to force timeout with the Wildcats leading 41-29.
Brooks scored and Alkins then hit a three. Brooks answered with a three of his own as Arizona led 44-34 at the media timeout.
Trier made two free-throws and Payton Pritchard hit one. Trier nailed a three, but Dorsey got to the line twice and hit three total free-throws as Arizona led 49-39 with 13:37 left.
Ennis and Comanche exchanged buckets before Dorsey and Trier hit two free-throws each. Dorsey and Jackson-Cartwright proceeded to hit threes before Ennis and Markkanen scored as the Wildcats led 58-48 with 11:09 remaining.
Bell scored and then hit two free-throws. Trier and Dorsey exchanged buckets, but Ennis got a layup off a turnover.
Ristic responded with a three-point play to keep Arizona’s lead at 63-56 with just under eight minutes left.
Dorsey scored and Jackson-Cartwright made a three. Dorsey hit one as well before Allen got a bucket.
Bell responded with a three-point play before Allen scored. Bell then made two from the line, but Alkins did also.
A bucket by Comanche then put the Wildcats up 74-66 with 3:22 remaining.
Ennis made two free-throws and Bell did as well. Allen and Dorsey proceeded to exchanged buckets as Arizona led 76-72 with 2:12 left.
Jackson-Cartwright scored, but Brooks answered with a three. Markkanen’s two free-throws then put the Wildcats up 79-75 with 55 seconds left.
Bell scored to cut the lead to two, but Trier got to the line and made both to seal the victory.