The Arizona Wildcats fixed some big problems in a 76-54 win over Oregon State today at McKale Center.
Having shot 40 percent less in three previous games, they hit 50 percent from the field against the Beavers. And after they allowed 13 offensive rebounds on Thursday against Oregon State, they held the Beavers to just four today – and no second-chance points.
Aaron Gordon led UA with 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting while collecting five rebounds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 16 points and five rebounds, while guard T.J. McConnell had 11 points, six rebounds and six assists.
The Wildcats held OSU guard Roberto Nelson, the Pac-12's leading scorer, to just 10 points on 3 for 12 shooting.
The win moved Arizona to 23-1 overall and 10-1 in the Pac-12, while OSU dropped to 13-10 and 5-6. The Wildcats next play at ASU on Friday.
Up by 10 at halftime, the Wildcats took a 45-31 lead five minutes into the second half with eight points scored inside. OSU’s Angus Brandt hit a three-pointer to make it 47-36 lead but the Wildcats went up by 15 by the time T.J. McConnell made a layup with 11:26 left.
Arizona coasted the rest of the way, and Miller went deep into his bench in the final minutes.
Earlier in the second half, forward Matt Korcheck and guard Jordin Mayes made appearances. Neither played against Oregon on Thursday, though Mayes played a minute at Stanford and Korcheck a minute at Cal last week.
With 8:54 left, Mayes hit his second three-pointer of the season, giving UA a 58-39 lead. Mayes once hit 10 straight as a freshman in 2010-11 but entered the game having played only 21 minutes in Pac-12 games entering Sunday.
Mayes wound up with a season-high nine points, though his career high of 19 came against McConnell and Duquesne on Nov. 9, 2011.
In the first half, UA found its shooting stroke in the first half today against Oregon State, shooting 55.2 percent from the field while taking a 37-27 halftime lead.
Gordon led the Wildcats with 11 points while hitting his first three-pointer in almost two months. T.J. McConnell had eight points, making 4 of 7 shots while often shooting over the Beavers’ zone defense.
Arizona also outrebounded OSU 17-13 in the first half, holding the Beavers to just two offensive boards.
Gordon hit his first three-pointer since Dec. 19 against Southern with 8:01 left in the half, giving the Wildcats a 21-18 lead and sending the McKale Center crowd into a frenzy after Gordon’s shooting has been a much-voiced concern lately.
McConnell hit two jumpers to put UA ahead 27-24 then came back for a fadeway jumper on the baseline to make it 31-24 with three minutes left.
Oregon State took an early 10-6 lead through the first five minutes while getting a hook shot and a three-pointer from center Angus Brandt. But the Wildcats, who had missed five of their first seven shots, went ahead 12-11 with 12 minutes left and held small leads for the rest of the half.