No. 9 Arizona Too Much For Ducks
March 3, 2001
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - In his final home game, Loren Woods emerged from hisseason-long funk to score 17 points and No. 9 Arizona avenged its worst loss ofthe season with a 104-65 rout of Oregon on Saturday.
The 7-foot-1 center, who two days earlier said he regretted not leaving forthe NBA last year, was 8-for-10 from the field and had seven rebounds, fourassists and two blocked shots. He even made a 3-pointer in his last shot atMcKale Center.
All five starters were in double figures for the Wildcats, who had lost twoin a row to Oregon, the latest a 79-67 defeat in Eugene on Feb. 1. Since then,Arizona has gone 8-1 and the Ducks 1-8.
It was Oregon's worst loss since the Wildcats beat the Ducks 104-56 on Feb.27, 1992, and Arizona's highest-scoring game in three years.
Michael Wright scored 18 points for Arizona, while Gilbert Arenas had 14,Richard Jefferson 13 and Jason Gardner 11.
The only bigger victory margin for the Wildcats this season was 101-41 overSt. Mary's on Dec. 2.
Luke Jackson scored 15 points to lead the Ducks. Bryan Bracey, the No. 2scorer in the Pac-10 at 19 points per game, had seven to snap his string of 21consecutive double-digit games.
The Wildcats led by as many as 34 points in the first half and were up 55-25at halftime. Arizona shot 62 percent from the field in the first half(21-for-34) and forced 16 turnovers. For the game, the Wildcats shot 60 percentand the Ducks committed 26 turnovers.
The game became a blowout in a hurry.
The Wildcats went on a 13-2 run to go up 18-9 on Jefferson's three-pointplay with 13:32 left in the half.
A 13-0 spurt by Arizona made it 35-13 on Woods' 10-footer with 6:28 to play.
Oregon got baskets from Jackson and Freddie Jones to cut it to 35-17, thenArizona had its biggest outburst yet, 16-0, to take a 51-17 lead on a backcourtsteal by the Wildcats that turned into a 12-foot jumper by Wright 1:47 beforehalftime.
Arizona's 13-2 run made it 68-29 on Woods' inside basket with 16:12 to play.During the run, Jefferson had a spectacular one-handed jam on an inbounds lobpass from Gardner.
The Wildcats led by as many as 51 points in the second half.
Woods left early in the second half but came back briefly with 5:33 to playas coach Lute Olson put all five of his team's seniors on the court. Duringthat stretch, Woods hit the only 3-pointer of his career.