Wildcats Shoot Down Ducks, 67-52

Jan. 8, 2009

TUCSON--UA junior forward Chase Budinger snapped out of a five-game shooting funk to help lead Arizona to a 67-52 victory over Oregon and give Arizona interim head coach Russ Pennell his first Pac-10 victory Thursday night in McKale Center.

Budinger missed all but one of his five three-point shots but stuck home seven of 10 others to score a game-high 20 points. Teammate Jamelle Horne put up 15 and UA had some bench support from Zane Johnson with nine points. Jordan Hill missed an 11th double-double but pulled down 12 rebounds to go with his nine points.

The Cats (10-5 and 1-2) improved to 7-1 at home. The Ducks, 6-9 overall, stayed winless in Pac-10 play at 0-3.

Budinger's point total was just his second over the 20 barrier in the last 10 games, but the shooting improvement

The Cats used consistent overall shooting. UA hit at a .523 rate, its best in three league contests. Oregon suffered through a .370 shooting night, missing 34 shots from the field and only hitting four of 22 three-point shots. Arizona again had some turnover problems, with 17 to the Ducks' 14.

No Duck scored in double figures, with Matthew Humphrey and Michael Dunigan sharing honors with nine apiece. Meantime the Cats had nine players in the scoring column.

Horne was effective from the floor as well, hitting all five of his shots.

Arizona used a 22-11 run from the 15-minute mark of the first half to steadily build a half-time lead of 11 points, 30-19.

The Cats were balanced in the first half in scoring, with Budinger's eight, a pair of sixes from Hill and Horne and seven off the bench by Johnson.

Hill had 10 rebounds by the break, an edge the Cats needed with nine first-half turnovers. UA shot 50 percent from the field in the period and held UO to 35 percent.

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