No. 7 Wildcats Rout Oregon State, 68-41
Feb. 3, 2001
By LANDON HALL
AP Sports Writer
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Michael Wright, starting at center in place of thepunished Loren Woods, had 20 points and 11 rebounds as No. 7 Arizona recoveredfrom another poor first half to rout Oregon State 68-41 Saturday night.
Woods was kicked out of practice by coach Lute Olson on Friday after the twogot into an argument, a team spokesman said. Woods had a terrible game againstOregon on Thursday night, scoring 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting in Arizona's79-67 loss.
The Wildcats (15-6, 8-2 Pac-10) played just as badly in the first halfSaturday night, shooting just under 35 percent and scoring a season-low inpoints (24) for the second straight game. But the Beavers were much worse,missing their first nine shots and falling behind 13-0.
Jason Heide, playing on two sprained ankles, scored 16 to lead Oregon State(8-13, 2-7), which suits up just eight players because of injuries.
Arizona made an amazing 17 of its 22 shots in the half. A layup by Wrightcapped a 10-0 run, and his jumper from the foul line made it 48-28. A 3-pointerby Travis Hanour pushed the lead to 57-31.
With Woods watching from the bench, Wright attacked the basket early,getting six points during the Wildcats' fast start. But bad shots and turnoversallowed the Beavers to come back and get within 24-18 at halftime.
Jason Gardner, who scored just four points on 1-of-9 shooting againstOregon, started the second half with a 3-pointer, and the Wildcats practicallycouldn't miss from then on.
Arizona, which shot a season-low 35 percent against Oregon, finished at aseason-high 56 percent.
Gilbert Arenas scored 12 points, and Hanour added 11.
Arizona, which seemed a long shot to repeat as Pac-10 champions, especiallyafter the way it played on Thursday night, now is only one game out of firstplace following Stanford's loss earlier Saturday.
The Beavers, who had the dubious distinction of becoming the first Pac-10team to lose to Arizona State on Thursday, were outrebounded 38-19, marking the16th time in 17 games they've been beaten in that department.
Although the victory wasn't pretty, another loss on the Oregon Trail wouldhave been devastating for the Wildcats. Arizona has lost two straight in Eugenefor the first time in 23 years, and the team had lost at the Beavers twostraight years.
In 1999, Deaundra Tanner hit a jumper with 27 seconds left to give OregonState a 60-59 victory, and last year Tanner hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer inovertime to hand the Beavers a 70-69 win.
Tanner was held to just seven points on 3-for-11 shooting this time.
Overall, the Beavers shot 32 percent and just 4-of-17 from 3-point range.