EUGENE, Ore. — For the third week in a row, the Arizona Wildcats have crawled back to .500 by pulling out a victory in the second game of a Pac-10 weekend.
This time, in Arizona’s 74-60 win over Oregon at McArthur Court, Derrick Williams notched his first collegiate double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds while Kyle Fogg had 17 and Nic Wise added 16.
Arizona is now 9-9 overall and 3-3 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats will have two extra days this week before playing at ASU on Saturday night.
Oregon dropped to 10-7 and 2-3.
Oregon pulled within 61-53 on a layup by Malcolm Armstead with four minutes to go but could not get any closer the rest of the way. Fogg hit a three-pointer with 2:05 remaining to give UA a 66-55 lead, and the crowd of 7,641 at McArthur Court began filing out.
Wise hit two early three-pointers early in the second half to help UA expand a 36-29 lead to 42-33 and the Wildcats went up by double digits 49-39, after Williams scored twice in a row inside.
Williams later took an assist from Wise on the break and turned it into a tomahawk jam, to put UA up 56-42, though the Wildcats did not get back on defense fast enough and gave up an immediate layup by Oregon.
At the end of the first half, Arizona scored seven unanswered points to take a 36-29 halftime lead.
The Wildcats also started strongly, building an 11-2 run before Oregon tied them 15 minutes into the half.
Arizona shot 58.8 percent from the field, while Fogg and Williams led the team in scoring with eight points each. Both Fogg and Williams scored six of their points at the free-throw line.
Oregon shot just 35.5 percent from the field, led by LeKendric Longmire, who had nine points.
Arizona kept the Ducks scoreless for the first four minutes, building an early 11-2 lead by the time Jamelle Horne dunked and hit a short jumper at about the 15-minute mark.
But Oregon finally got the ball inside to center Michael Dunigan for a dunk with 14:30 and began closing the gap from there. Oregon pulled into a tie at 22 by the time Jeremy Jacob scored in the lane with 4:53 left in the half.
Former UA coach Lute Olson was honored before the game as UA’s honorary captain, being greeted as “without a doubt one of Mac Court’s favorite visiting coaches.”
Also on hand were John Dick, Oregon’s honorary captain and a member of the 1939 Oregon NCAA title team; Oregon football coach Chip Kelly; and former UA guard Jerryd Bayless, now of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers.
Former UA standout guard Miles Simon was doing the color commentary for Fox Sports Net.