(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks guard Joseph Young (3) passes the ball as he is defended by Arizona Wildcats guard T.J. McConnell (4) during the first half at McKale Center. Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
Oregon started the game off on a promising note when Jordan Bell intercepted a pass and went full court for a slam dunk, and for the first seven minutes of the game the Ducks stayed close until about the 12:38 mark in the first half when the score was 15-13 in favor of Arizona, but from that point on it would be as close as the Ducks could get. Arizona led at halftime 42-27.
In the second half it was all Arizona. The Wildcats seemed to be a step quicker with faster reflexes. Just when the Ducks needed something to go right, the Wildcats had a response until the game got out of hand when Rondae Hollis-Jefferson hit a jumper giving the Cats a 21-point lead at 67-46 with 9:22 left in the game.
From that point on Arizona cruised to an easy win. The Wildcats put on a smothering defense that held Joseph Young to 12 points. Elgin Cook was the leading Oregon scorer with 16 points while Dillon Brooks added 11 in the losing cause.
All the Arizona starters scored in double-figures although Gabe York came off the bench to be the scoring leader. Kaleb Tarczewski had 11 points while Stanley Johnson contributed 12. Brandon Ashley had 13 and Hollis Jefferson chipped in 11. T.J. McConnell finished with 11.
Overall Oregon shot 40.4 percent from the field on 19-47 shooting including 5-of-16 in three-point shooting. Meanwhile, Arizona shot 59.3 percent on 35-59 shooting including 6-for-15 three-point shooting. Arizona also out rebounded Oregon, 34-20.
Ducks Overwhelmed by Arizona
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