OREGON STATE 76, ARIZONA 75

Jinx against Beavers continues in Corvallis

Turnovers, missed free throws doom Wildcats in loss
2011-01-03T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T09:52:55Z Jinx against Beavers continues in CorvallisBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 03, 2011 12:00 am  • 

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Maybe the hotel pillows were just a bit too comfy.

After spending two days of mostly rest just a block away from Gill Coliseum, the Wildcats found themselves outplayed Sunday by the same team that had lost to Texas Southern and Utah Valley at home.

In a 76-75 loss to Oregon State, the Wildcats turned the ball over a season-high 19 times for the second game in a row, were out-rebounded 34-31 and struggled to hit both three-pointers and free throws.

"It was a combination of things," said guard MoMo Jones, who led the Wildcats with 20 points but had five turnovers to one assist. "We just gotta be strong with the ball."

While the turnovers clearly concerned UA coach Sean Miller - "When you turn the ball over almost 40 times on the road it's difficult to win one game," he said - what he indicated was perhaps more troubling was the way the Beavers fought for 17 second-chance points by collecting 12 offensive rebounds.

UA had just five offensive rebounds - only two from its starting five - and scored just two second-chance points off them.

"This win was about toughness," OSU coach Craig Robinson said.

It was unclear whether the Wildcats' extended stay in Oregon had anything to do with it; neither Jones nor UA forward Derrick Williams said the layoff or the Beavers zone was completely responsible.

Miller wasn't blaming the schedule, either.

"These are the circumstances we were given," Miller said. "If you win, you'd say the extra day really helped."

The extra day means Arizona will have one fewer day to prepare for a home weekend with the Bay Area schools. The Wildcats will enter a game with Stanford on Thursday at 1-1 in Pac-10 play and 12-3 overall.

OSU improved to 7-6 and 2-0, having beaten the Wildcats for a third straight time after sweeping them last season. It was also Arizona's sixth loss over the past 13 seasons at Gill Coliseum, which has proven to be a more difficult place to play than Oregon's celebrated McArthur Court in that period of time.

"This was sweet because it was the third time we've beaten them in a row," Robinson said. "That's a big deal."

Tied at 28 at halftime and down by seven early in the second half, the Wildcats never fell far behind.

Jones tied the game at 70 with a layup entering the final minute, but Joe Burton scored inside with 28 seconds left to give OSU a 72-70 lead. Jones then missed a 15-footer on UA's next possession, forcing the Wildcats to foul.

OSU's Calvin Haynes hit two free throws with nine seconds left to put the Beavers up 74-70 and the OSU crowd on its feet. Kyle Fogg then made a quick layup and fouled Haynes with four seconds left, but Haynes made both free throws to seal the game at 76-72.

A final three-pointer by Williams with 0.1 of a second left was meaningless.

Haynes led the Beavers in scoring with 18 points, while Jared Cunningham had 17 points and Burton added 16 as a reserve.

Cunningham also ensured that he, not Williams, would exit the game as the leading dunker. Cunningham slammed in a one-handed jam from the baseline then fell backward with three minutes to go, giving the Beavers a 66-62 lead and energizing the crowd of 5,218 as well as his teammates and even his coach.

"I thought it was one of the best dunks I've ever been a part of," Robinson said. "I told him, 'I'm racing home to see if that makes the (ESPN SportsCenter) Top 10.' You're not supposed to say that as a coach. You're supposed to go home and watch game film."

Cunningham knew it made an impact, whether or not it became a highlight.

"Once you get us going, it's hard to stop us," he said.

While the Wildcats had more success in the second half penetrating the OSU zone, turnovers and a lack of free-throw shooting hurt them. UA had 19 turnovers for a second straight game - tying their season-high for the third time - and converted just 13 of 24 free throws.

Arizona also struggled from three-point range, hitting just 6 of 20 long-range shots.

OSU led most of the second half, though UA managed to tie it briefly at 60 on a three-pointer by Fogg with five minutes left, and the game stayed close the rest of the way.

With four minutes left, Arizona's troubles were evidenced by point guards Jordin Mayes and Jones, who each had four turnovers and one assist at that point.

Free-throw trouble kept the Wildcats down in the early part of the second half. They hit only 1 for 5 from the line in the first half but the number quickly bloated to 3 for 12.

Williams, an 82 percent shooter from the line entering the game, made just 3 of 10 from the line after missing 1 of 2 with 11 minutes left.

"It's just confidence," Williams said. "Especially when you're away from home."

OREGON ST. 76, ARIZONA 75

FG FT Reb

ARIZONA Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Williams 29 6-6 3-10 1-2 2 4 16

Perry 24 2-3 1-4 0-2 0 1 5

Hill 21 2-3 2-2 1-5 2 5 6

Jones 27 9-12 2-2 0-3 1 2 20

Fogg 24 3-8 3-4 0-3 0 2 10

Natyazhko 10 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 2 0

Parrom 23 1-5 2-2 0-4 0 3 5

Mayes 14 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 3

Lavender 12 2-6 0-0 0-3 2 2 5

Horne 16 2-4 0-0 2-5 1 3 5

Totals 200 28-50 13-24 5-31 9 25 75

Percentages: FG .560, FT .542. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (Williams 1-1, Horne 1-2, Parrom 1-3, Mayes 1-3, Fogg 1-4, Lavender 1-5, Jones 0-1, Hill 0-1). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 4 (Perry 2, Horne, Parrom). Turnovers: 19 (Jones 5, Natyazhko 2, Parrom 2, Williams 2, Hill 2, Mayes 2, Lavender 2, Fogg, Perry). Steals: 5 (Williams 2, Hill, Fogg, Jones).

FG FT Reb

OSU Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Johnson 29 2-6 0-0 1-7 1 1 4

Collier 27 4-4 2-5 1-5 2 3 10

Brandt 14 3-5 1-1 2-4 0 3 7

Cuningham 27 3-10 10-11 1-3 2 3 17

Haynes 30 4-11 9-11 0-2 2 1 18

McShane 2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0

Starks 13 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 2

Burton 33 7-12 2-4 1-5 2 3 16

Wallace 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2

Nelson 18 0-5 0-0 3-4 1 2 0

Totals 200 25-59 24-32 12-34 10 18 76

Percentages: FG .424, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 2-16, .125 (Haynes 1-3, Cunningham 1-3, Brandt 0-1, Johnson 0-3, Nelson 0-3, Starks 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 2 (Collier, Haynes). Turnovers: 14 (Johnson 4, Brandt 3, Nelson 2, Burton 2, Haynes 2, Cunningham). Steals: 11 (Cunningham 5, Haynes 2, Burton 2, McShane, Starks).

Arizona 28 47-75

Oregon St. 28 48-76

A-5,218. Officials-Dick Cartmell, Michael Eggers, Tony Padilla.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 10 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 1 0 0.909
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 8 2 0 0.800
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 2 0 0.778
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 5 0 0.545
USC 0 0 0 0.000 6 4 0 0.600
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

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Teams Date Time
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 70-83
UCLA at
Kentucky
12/20 42-83
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 84-81
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 67-69
USC at
Boston College
12/21 67-69
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
Wisconsin at
California
12/22 7:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
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