Arizona found itself in an unfamiliar situation on Saturday, as it needed to defeat Oregon State to avoid a losing streak.
It did just that, as the Wildcats won 80-70 at Oregon State on Saturday night.
Brandon Ashley scored first, but Joe Burton came back and Ahmad Starks scored in the lane for the quick 4-2 Oregon State lead. A three-pointer by Solomon Hill put Arizona up and then one by Nick Johnson made it 8-4. Roberto Nelson and Kaleb Tarczewski exchanged a pair of free-throws before Grant Jerrett hit a three to put Arizona up 13-6 with about 15 minutes left.
After a score by Devon Collier, Nelson hit one of two free-throws and Jordin Mayes was able to match it. Nelson got to the line and again only made one, as Lyons came down and scored the next time down court. Lyons then was able to get to the line and made one of his two attempts to put Arizona up 17-11 with a little over 13 minutes left.
The next time down court, Burton made a hook shot and Starks hit a three-pointer to pull the Beavers within one. Tarczewski was able to make a three-point play at around 11 minutes, but Starks came right back with a layup. A layup by Ashley extended Arizona’s lead to four, but a bucket by Collier was the answer.
Jerrett then was able to get an easy score with about nine minutes left, but a three-pointer by Starks made it 24-23 in favor of Arizona. However, Hill made a three-pointer to bring the lead back to four. A few minutes later, Starks came up with a three-point play of his own, but Hill hit a three with six minutes left to get it back.
Burton made one of two free-throws and Lyons came back with an easy layup to extend Arizona’s lead to 32-27. Langston Morris-Walker made a jumper to put the Beavers within three and a dunk by Collier made it a one-point game. Ashley was able to score in the lane the next time down court, but a flagrant foul on Kevin Parrom led to two free-throws by Burton.
Johnson got to the line and made both of his attempts with about 2:30 left and Hill added a three-pointer to put Arizona up 39-33. Collier got to the line and made both of his free-throws, but Mayes matched it with a shot in the lane. Johnson also found room in the lane for a basket to put Arizona up 43-35 at the half.
Nelson started the half with a basket, but Ashley responded with a layup to keep Arizona’s lead at eight. Ashley was then able to score off an air-ball from Lyons and then Lyons hit a layup off a steal to give Arizona the 49-37 lead with about 15 minutes in the half.
Burton hit a jumper to make it a ten-point game, but two free-throws by Lyons made it a 12-point game with 14:18 left. After a basket by Oregon State, Parrom hit a three from the corner to go up 13 before Collier answered with a layup. Jerrett then made a three-pointer to go up 57-43, but Burton scored off an offensive rebound the next time down court.
Parrom proceeded to hit a three-pointer, but Olaf Schaftenaar answered with one of his own to make it 60-48 with 11:40 left. A layup by Lyons extended the Wildcats’ lead to 14 and then he found Johnson for an alley-oop dunk the next time down court. After a basket by Collier, Hill hit another three-pointer and Arizona went into a timeout up 67-50 with 9:41 left.
Starks was able to make a three-pointer and Collier added one of two free-throws to try and get things going for the Beavers. Johnson was able to make one of two free-throws of his own, but Ashley scored by getting the rebound on the second one to put Arizona up 70-54. Nelson made a three the next time down court and Burton beat Angelo Chol for a basket to cut the lead to 11.
Lyons and Nelson exchanged baskets before a three-point play by Johnson made it 75-61 with 5:37 left in the half. After another exchange of scores, a free-throw by Nelson cut Arizona’s lead to 76-64 with 4:16 left, but Lyons got two points off a goaltend with 2:17 left.
Nelson brought the Beavers within 12, but there would nothing more from Oregon State, as Arizona closed the game out on the free-throw line.