Arizona did not make it look good, but the win is all that matters, as the Wildcats survived to beat the Oregon Ducks 67-65 at McKale on Thursday.
Kaleb Tarczewski scored and Jason Calliste responded with a bucket. Nick Johnson then got a dunk and Damyean Dotson made two from the free-throw line. Mike Moser scored with Tarczewski getting his second basket, as a three by Dotson put the Ducks up 9-6 with just under 16 minutes left in the half.
Richard Amardi and Aaron Gordon exchanged baskets before Gabe York hit a three and Johnson got another dunk. Tarczewski made two free-throws, but Johnathan Loyd made three. Elliott Pitts then made a three from the corner that put the Wildcats up 18-14 with 10:59 left in the first half.
Johnson and York made one free-throw each before Calliste made two. Gordon and Dotson then made one, as Tarczewski scored and a three by Calliste cut the Ducks deficit to 23-20. Tarczewski made two free-throws, but Dotson made a basket. York made one as well and a Calliste free-throw and score by Dotson cut Arizona’s lead to 27-25 with about six minutes left.
Johnson and Ben Carter exchanged baskets before Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Moser did the same. After a free-throw by Dominic Artis, York made two of his own. Artis then scored again and proceeded to make a three right after to give the Ducks a two-point lead.
Hollis-Jefferson made two free-throws and Calliste hit a three. An offensive rebound by Hollis-Jefferson then cut the Oregon lead to 38-37 at the half.
Young made a three-pointer that was matched by McConnell and then proceeded to score five consecutive points to force a timeout with Oregon up 46-40 at the 13:53 mark of the second half.
Gordon got a three-point play out of the timeout, but Artis and Amardi scored consecutive baskets before a layup by Hollis-Jefferson brought the Wildcats within five. A three-point play by Johnson and dunk by Hollis-Jefferson tied the game a few minutes later as the Ducks were forced to call timeout.
Young made two free-throws and then hit a basket before one by Calliste gave the Ducks a six-point lead with 8:22 left.
Hollis-Jefferson and Johnson scored, as Young hit a basket. Johnson then made a free-throw, but Amardi and Hollis-Jefferson exchanged hoops. Tarczewski proceeded to pick up a layup to cut the lead to 60-59 with a little over two minutes left.
McConnell then made a three to put Arizona up 62-60, as the Wildcats forced a shot clock violation on the next play. Johnson got fouled with 47 seconds left and made both to push the lead to four. Artis made a layup soon after to cut the two with 41 seconds left.
Johnson got to the line ten seconds left and made both to keep the lead at four. Artis was fouled on the next trip and missed both, but Calliste was fouled and made one of two. On Johnson’s next trip to the line, he made one to put Arizona up four with 15 seconds left to win the game.