No.7 Wildcats Lose To Oregon, 79-67
Feb. 1, 2001
By LANDON HALL
AP Sports Writer
EUGENE, Ore. - Bryan Bracey scored 23 points as Oregon took advantageof a terrible shooting night by No. 7 Arizona to win 79-67 Thursday night.
Luke Ridnour added 17 points for the Ducks (12-6, 3-5), who won consecutivegames against Arizona for the first time since 1983. Oregon came back from 17points to beat the then-No. 3 Wildcats at McArthur Court 86-81 last season.
The Wildcats (14-6, 6-2) shot a season-low 35 percent and committed 18turnovers, including six traveling violations.
Michael Wright led the Wildcats with 18 points, but no one played well.Arizona missed 10 of its 12 3-pointers. Jason Gardner shot just 1-of-9, andGilbert Arenas was 5-of-13. They combined for 18 points, more than 10 belowtheir average.Loren Woods, who tied an NCAA record with 14 blocks against Oregon in lastseason's game in Tucson, was outplayed by Ducks reserve center ChrisChristoffersen.
The 7-foot-2 Dane had five points and three blocks, two on Woods. Arizona'scenter had 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting and just two blocks. Woods did notplay at Oregon last year because of back problems.
As a team, Oregon had nine blocks to Arizona's five and the Ducks' benchoutscored the Wildcats' 19-8. Oregon shot 43 percent.
Oregon, which had lost five of six, took a 9-8 lead six minutes in anddidn't trail again. A layup by Wright cut the lead to 32-27 early in the secondhalf, but Oregon kept building from there.
A fastbreak layup by Anthony Norwood, which followed Christoffersen's blockof Woods, pushed the lead to nine. A basket and two free throws by JuliusHicks, playing with a sprained right ankle, plus a layup by Bracey, made it56-40 with 10:17 to play.
Arizona couldn't get closer than eight after that.
The Wildcats had been completely dominant in their previous six games,averaging more than 80 points and winning by an average of 22.5 points. Butthey were out of rhythm on offense right from the start.
Christoffersen, who scored a total of 11 points in his first nine games butaveraged 11.3 in his last three, made an immediate impact when he replacedstarting center Flo Hartenstein 3:45 in.
Bracey started an 8-0 run with a driving dunk, then Christoffersen began aterrific stretch with a block on Woods. After a high bank shot by Norwood,Christoffersen blocked Wright at the other end.
On the next possession, Christoffersen lugged his 7-foot-2, 265-pound frameright around Woods for a layup. At the other end, Hartenstein forced Woods intoa bad shot, then tipped in a missed hook by Christoffersen for a 13-8 lead.
Ridnour sank an open jumper with just over 49 seconds left before halftimeto make it 32-25.
Arizona shot 34 percent in the half, and its point total was its lowest in ahalf this season, eclipsing the 27 scored against Mississippi State on Dec. 30.
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