This first half was a bit of a mixed bag for the Cats. The UA opened up pretty strong and took an early 7-0 lead. Mustafa Shakur struggled Thursday night against Oregon and failed to have a single assist. He had four on Arizona's first four possessions. Unfortunately, Arizona gave up the lead and Oregon State pulled the score within one at 10-9.
Arizona countered with a run of their own and took another big lead, before once again giving up the lead. Things did not look good for the Cats early on as they could not hold a lead.
Shakur had a good game against the Beavers contributing seven assists and four points in the game.
Eventually Arizona was able to take a big lead and keep it that way as the UA ended the first half with an 11 point lead, and never looked back in the game. They cruised to victory on the strength of Ivan Radenovic who added a career high 26 points.
Radenovic had the best night of his career contributing the 26 points on 12-of-21 shooting, seven rebounds, three steals, and two assists leading Arizona to the easy victory from that point on as the Cats forced 25 turnovers, scoring 29 points off them.
Arizona put forth their best game of the season and arguably the strongest forty minutes of the year. However, the interesting story is that they did it without the use of freshman J.P. Prince. There was talk prior to the matchup with Oregon that Prince had been suspended. While there was no official word on Prince's absence, it was known that it was not injury related, and every other player saw action in the game.
All things told Arizona shot 46% from the field, including 13 for 15 from the stripe. They also shot 3-10 from behind the arc. In addition, the Cats won the battle of the boards 42-28.
Overall it was a very solid afternoon for the Cats who won their second straight must win game. Now they must look forward to California as the UA will hit the road for their final road trip of the season to take on the Golden Bears.