EUGENE, Ore. -- Arizona trailed Oregon by only three points with seconds to go Thursday but further luck never quite came about this time.
And so the Wildcats’ unbeaten season is over.
Oregon went 7 for 10 from three-point range and scored 20 points off 13 UA turnovers to win 70-66, beating the highest-ranked team ever to enter Matthew Knight Arena in its two years of operation.
Oregon used a 21-3 first-half run to pull ahead the fourth-ranked Wildcats (14-1) and stayed ahead in the second half despite a late push from the Wildcats, who won three straight close games, to make a game of it late.
The typically balanced Ducks (13-2) had four players scorer in double figures. UA was led by Mark Lyons, who had 21 points while Solomon Hill had 16.
Oregon shot 48.1 percent overall while UA shot 43.9 percent.
Lyons hit a three-pointer with 1:18 left to cut Oregon’s lead to 67-60 and a three from Nick Johnson later made it 69-66. But Johnson turned the ball over as he drove into the lane with nine seconds left, giving the ball to Oregon with the three-point lead.
Oregon’s Johnathan Loyd picked up the loose ball and was fouled by UA’s Grant Jerrett, making the second of two free throws to seal the Ducks win, after which the Oregon students stormed the court.
Late in the first half, Oregon went on its 21-3 run to take a 41-30 lead at halftime.
The Wildcats, starting a small lineup with Kevin Parrom instead of Brandon Ashley, had rattled off three early three-pointers to take a 9-0 lead.
But Oregon quickly climbed back in the game, and attacked Arizona with three-pointers, drives to the basket and inside dunks from center Tony Woods.
The Ducks made 56.7 percent of their field goals in the first half, including 4 of 9 three-pointers, while UA shot 42.9 percent from the field.
Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill led UA with six points each, while E.J.Singler and Dominic Artis had seven points each for Oregon.
The Ducks are 11-0 this season at Matthew Knight Arena.