Arizona Survives Scare from Oregon State

Arizona struggled early on as Oregon State had an early 23-7 run and pulled out to a 31-16 lead, and it seemed as though Arizona may be upset by former Arizona assistant Jay John's Beaver squad until a strong second half was enough to lead the Cats to a 92-83 victory.

Free throws were the key towards the end of the first half as Arizona was able to pull within one point at halftime trailing 44-43. On the night Arizona shot 24 of 27 from the stripe compared to Oregon State's 23 of 32.

The beginning of the first half it was all Oregon State. The Beavers led by as many as 15 before the Cats began to whittle away at the lead.

Foul trouble forced the Wildcats to rely on a young line-up and true Freshmen Jawann McClellan and Jesus Verdejo responded. The two wings scored a combined 12 points in the game and had a couple of big buckets in the pivotal late first half run.

For the third straight game, Salim Stoudamire had another excellent game adding 25 points, 16 in the second half, three rebounds, an assist and a steal to lead the Cats to their fourth straight victory, and their first road sweep this season.

Arizona was able to pull away in the second half alongside a number of strong performances.

Hassan Adams added 12 points, six assists, and six rebounds in the win. Channing Frye also turned in a strong performance with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Arizona had a strong night shooting the ball going 32-62 compared to Oregon State's 26-48.

All things told, 48 fouls were called on the night, and Arizona barely won the turnover battle 13-14. However the most important aspect of tonight's game was the rebounding battle. Arizona led the way with 33 rebounds, 16 offensive, compared to Oregon State's 19 total.

Oregon State was led David Lucas and Chris Stephens, each scoring 17 points. Jason Fontenot added 16.

Arizona now looks ahead to #10 Washington in Tucson, Thursday night.


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