Cats can't come all the way back

Arizona battled back from a 22-point deficit, but could not complete the comeback and fell 75-65 to a pesky Oregon State team. The Beavers shot over 60% in the first half, then held on for the win.

Arizona battled back, tying the game late but the Beavers scored 14 of the last 18 points for the win.

Things got a little crazy late. Trailing by six, the Wildcats attempted to foul the Beavers. Several hand checks were not whistled, so Mustafa Shakur grabbed the Beavers' Chris Stephens with both arms, but again no call was made and a quick pass led to an Oregon State slam dunk.

The lack of a call set Lute Olson off. He stormed onto the court, actually colliding with Jawann McClellan and drawing a technical. The Beavers converted both free throws to ice the win.

Nick Dewitz continued his big games against the Wildcats. The senior scored 20 points, making 7-of-9 from the field.

All told the Beavers shot 61.4% of their shots, hitting an astounding 6-8 three pointers.

The game marked the return of McClellan to the line-up after his academic suspension. He scored eight.

The real revelation was the play of Mustafa Shakur. The Wildcat point guard scored 17 points, 10 during the Wildcat run that tied the game in the second half.

Hassan Adams continued his stellar play in the Pac-10, going off for 22 points.

It was all Oregon State in the early going as the Beavers opened the game with a 14-0 run. All five starters scored in the run and Nick Dewitz's second field goal capped the run.

The Beaver led by as many as 22 and had a double figure lead until the 9:22 mark of the second half. The Cats used a 24-6 run, getting 10 points from Shakur, and tied the game at 61 with 4:04 to play.

Shakur got uncharacteristically aggressive during the run. He attacked the hoop and showed more emotion than Wildcat fans are accustomed to. After made baskets or drawing a foul, the junior point guard would pump his fist and let out an exuberant yell.

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