TUCSON, Ariz. — Tough protection ignited sufficient offense for No. 17 Arizona to get the Wildcats a bounce-back victory over Oregon State on Thursday night time.
Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 21 factors within the second half and the Wildcats, coming off a street loss at Colorado, pulled away from a sluggish, shut recreation within the ultimate 7 half of minutes to beat the Beavers 62-53.
“I’m proud of our defensive effort,” Arizona coach Sean Miller mentioned. “That’s as arduous as we’ve performed. It’s not likely my opinion. You look out and see issues occur. Guys are actually serving to one another, urgent the ball.”
Deandre Ayton had 14 factors and 10 rebounds and Rawle Alkins scored 11 factors, 9 within the second half, for the Wildcats (13-Four, Three-1 Pac-12).
“The greatest offense is nice protection,” Alkins mentioned. “Defense-to-offense, we had numerous nice performs.”
Tres Tinkle scored 18 factors and Stephen Thompson Jr. had 14 for the Beavers (10-6, 2-2), who’ve received simply as soon as in Tucson within the final 35 years (2010).
“It was a bodily recreation. You noticed that down the stretch,” Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle mentioned, “and we weren’t in a position to make performs.”
Oregon State led your complete first half and was up 22-21 on the break, the lowest-scoring half for Arizona this season, and the lowest-scoring for a Beavers opponent.
“We felt like we should always have had a bit of extra of a lead,” Tinkle mentioned, “then they did what they did.”
The Wildcats outscored the guests 24-14 over the ultimate 7:33.
“Our defensive effort and the constant effort broke the sport open,” Miller mentioned.
It took fairly some time for Arizona to determine learn how to get something towards Oregon State’s match-up zone protection.
“You can observe, put together,” Miller mentioned, “however till you get within the recreation you don’t notice the dimensions they’ve, how nicely they impart. They do a very good job.”
The Beavers took a 12-2 lead over the cold-shooting Wildcats, an early spurt capped by Tinkle’s Three-pointer.
Tinkle’s inside basket gave Oregon State a 22-15 lead 5:30 earlier than the break however the Beavers by no means scored once more within the half. Instead, Ira Lee’s three-point play on a breakaway stuff and Trier’s Three-pointer lower the result in 22-21 with Three:11 to go, and neither crew might rating once more earlier than halftime.
Arizona lastly bought the lead with six straight factors, together with a breakaway dunk by Trier and a spinning reverse dunk by Alkins, each baskets off turnovers, and the Wildcats had been up 29-26 with 16:30 to play.
It was backwards and forwards after that till Ayton’s rebound basket put Arizona forward for good, 40-39 with 7:33 left. That ignited the 16-Three run that lastly put the sport below management for the Wildcats. Alkins scored seven within the surge, capping it with a Three-pointer that put Arizona up 54-42 with Four:10 to play.
“Rawle does all the things,” Miller mentioned. “He’s probably the most versatile participant on our crew.”
The victory got here within the first recreation since Miller complained, following the Colorado loss, that he simply can’t get to those gamers, together with one of many prime freshman courses within the recreation. He had no such criticism after beating the Beavers.
“It was what I had hoped for,” Miller mentioned. “We’re a crew that’s actually working towards arduous. We’ve had 4 actually arduous days coming off of the Colorado recreation. Sometimes that’s what you want, a chance to be taught. And there’s no higher studying alternative than whenever you fail.”
The Wildcats had been lulled into ineffectiveness all through the primary half however lastly received with their protection. That’s the a part of the sport Miller desires to emphasis in his irritating efforts with the extremely gifted however inconsistent crew.
Arizona hosts Oregon on Saturday.