Cats rally to down OSU

Oregon State fought hard, but in the end lacked the offensive firepower to hang with Arizona. Despite not having Jerryd Bayless, the Cats pulled off a 76-63 win over the Beavers.

Chase Budinger caught fire late and helped propel the Wildcats. He scored 11 of his 20 points in the final 10:00 of the game. He was passive in the first half, settling for jumpers. He went just 1-6 in the first 20:00 and the Cats found themselves down by six at the break.

He got more aggressive in the second half, and that was a key.

As good as Budinger was over the final 10:00, Jordan Hill and Nic Wise were good the entire game. Hill took advantage of OSU's young post player and a suspension of C.J. Giles. He was 8-11 from the field, either dunking the ball or using a nifty jump hook. In addition to 20 points he added a game-high 14 rebounds.

Wise was all over the place. He was perfect from behind the arc and used his speed to repeatedly get to the rack. He finished with 17 points, six assists and five steals.

Arizona outscored Oregon State 50-31 in the second half, breaking the game open with 12-3 run that put the Cats up 59-51.

Daniel Dillon put the Cats up for good with a three-pointer that broke a 44-44 tie.

Freshman Omari Johnson led Oregon State with a career high 19 points.

Both teams were shorthanded. The Beavers played without big man C.J. Giles who sat out due to disciplinary reasons. The Cats were without leading scorer Jerryd Bayless who is nursing a separated shoulder.

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