No. 9 Arizona Defeats Beavers, 65-54

March 1, 2001

By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Luke Walton matched his season high with 16 points asninth-ranked Arizona beat Oregon State 65-54 Thursday night to give theWildcats a 20-win season for the 14th year in a row.

Michael Wright added 13 points and Gilbert Arenas 10 for the Wildcats (20-7,12-3 Pac-10). Richard Jefferson had nine points and a season-high 10 reboundsas Arizona dominated the boards 39-21.

Deaundra Tanner and Jimmie Haywood each scored 15 for the Beavers (10-18,4-12), who lost for the 19th consecutive time at McKale Center. Jason Heideadded 13 points for Oregon State.

The Wildcats took control with a 20-6 run in the first half after a raretechnical foul against Arizona coach Lute Olson. Tanner sank both Oregon Statefree throws to cut the lead to 12-10 with 12:26 left in the half.

Arizona, with a lineup of four reserves, went on an 11-3 spurt to go up25-13 on Gene Edgerson's two free throws with 7:30 left. When the 20-6 outburstended on Arenas' two free throws with 4:11 left in the half, the Wildcats led32-26.

The teams played to a virtual, and sometimes sloppy, standoff after that.

Arizona led by as many as 20 before Oregon State outscored the Wildcats 13-4at the finish. The final 11-point margin was as close as Beavers got in thesecond half.

Oregon State coach Ritchie McCay drew a technical for running onto the courtto complain that Jefferson had a foot on the line on a free throw. Wright madethose two free throws to give Arizona a 35-18 lead with 3:29 left in the half.

Jefferson's 14-footer 2:14 before halftime gave the Wildcats their biggestfirst-half lead 37-19. Arizona led 39-23 at the break.

Arizona reserves scored 20 of the team's 39 first-half points.

Wildcats' center Loren Woods, in his next-to-last home game, drew two foulsin the game's first eight minutes and sat out the rest of the first half. Hefinished with two points, was 0-for-2 from the field and had two rebounds in 26minutes.

Oregon State's Brian Jackson fouled out with 17:12 left in the game andfinished with two points.

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