Cats can't shoot, Ducks roll

Any momentum the Wildcats built up during the road sweep of the Bay Area schools, was lost early in the Cats first, and only, game of the Pac-10 Tournament. Arizona shot a miserable 34.4% from the field and 18.8% from behind the arc and were rolled by Oregon 69-50.

The Wildcats couldn't have been much worse offensively. In the first half the Wildcats missed numerous open shots and in the second half they could not stringer together many good possessions to try and cut into the Oregon lead.

Conversely, the Ducks were good enough, especially from behind the arc to build up a double-figure first half lead and they never allowed the Cats to battle back.

Aaron Brooks was the story for Oregon. Brooks made five of his first seven shots and scored 16. He was so good early that it did not matter that he did not score the last 25 minutes of the game.

Tajuan Porter never had a slowdown moment. He made 5-6 from behind the arc and led all scorers with 21 points.

The Arizona backcourt were nowhere near the level of their Duck counterparts. Mustafa Shakur and Chase Budinger combined for 12 points, while Marcus Williams scored 13 points but took 20 shots to do so.

The entire Wildcats team was plagued by poor shooting. Arizona players repeatedly missed easy shots, many rattling in and out.

Jordan Hill was the lone bright spot for the Wildcats. The freshman scored 15 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and was the only Wildcat to make more than half his shots. He was 7-11 from the field, the rest of the team was 14-50.

The Wildcats' 50 points were their lowest since a game at Marquette in 2005 and it was over 29 points below their season average.

Witht the Ducks leading by one early, Brooks scored 13-of-16 Duck points as part of 16-9 run that put Oregon up 24-16 midway through the first half.

Jordan Hill scored the next five points to but the Duck lead to three, but the Wildcats would not score again for 4:50. During that same stretch Porter scored seven points and built up an 11-point lead at the end of the first half.

Early in the second half the Wildcats got the lead down to nine of four occassions, but Oregon answered every time. By the time little used Joevan Catron scored three striaght buckets the Cats were all but out of it.

At about the 7:00 mark the Wildcats rattled off seven straight points to make it 60-46, but they would score just four points the rest of the way.

Arizona's next game will be in the NCAA Tournament. The Cats won't know who, when or where they play until Sunday.

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