The Wildcats used strong defense to defeat Oregon 67-52 on Thursday night. The Ducks struggled offensively throughout the night and after being unhappy earlier in the week, Arizona coach Russ Pennell was much happier after the win.
"I was extremely happy with our effort tonight," he said. "We played very hard. We accomplished our goal of coming out and giving a good effort after the Stanford game. There's room for us to get better, but I felt we played well tonight."
Budinger was the leading scorer in the game with 20 points and Pennell was happy to see him break out.
"You want to get him shots around the goal," Pennell said. "I expected Chase (to come out and score). The team felt good for him. He came out and tried to do everything. When Chase plays like that, he's really good. He is so much more than just a shooter and tonight he showed that."
Budinger was able to succeed on Thursday due in large part to his teammates finding him open.
"I was able to make my cuts and my teammates were able to find me," he said. "I got easy dunks and easy lay ups tonight. It feels great to finally get a win. The last couple of days we have been practicing real hard. We were really focused, and practiced things we needed to work on. The three I hit felt great. I say that I'm a shooter, a pretty good shooter. I was never worried that my shot was going away. It will come back."
In addition to Budinger, Jamelle Horne played well, something that Pennell says has been a key this season.
"When he's been good, he's been an x-factor for us in all our wins," he said. "He's learning to sustain through every play and that's where he need to improve. I thought he did a good job with that tonight."
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