Arizona Snaps Oregon's 23-Game Home Streak
Jan. 2, 2003
EUGENE, Ore. - Jason Gardner scored 21 points as No. 4 Arizona rallied to beat Oregon 81-72 Thursday night, snapping the Ducks' 23-game home winning streak.
With the score tied at 70, Gardner and Rick Anderson hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Wildcats (8-1) a 76-70 lead with 1:20 to go and Arizona led the rest of the way over Oregon (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP).
Anderson, who Arizona leaned on to replace injured forward Luke Walton, added 15 points.
The last team to beat the Ducks (9-2) at historic McArthur Court was Southern California on Feb. 24, 2001. The 23-game winning streak matched the school record set from Feb. 13, 1937 to Jan. 6, 1939.
Luke Jackson led the Ducks with 20 points, while Luke Ridnour added 16.
Oregon led by as many as 11 points early in the second half, but Arizona chipped away before tying it at 57 on Andre Iguodala's steal and slam with 12:20 to go.
Arizona tied it again at 59-all, but couldn't manage to take the lead and Oregon went up 65-61 on Jackson's 3-pointer with 8:44 left.
With both teams clearly fatigued, Arizona took a 68-67 lead on Dennis Latimore's lay-in with 3:52 left, the extended it on Hassan Adam's slam.
James Davis tied it at 70-all with a 3-pointer before Arizona pulled ahead for good.
Arizona led by as many as five until midway through the first half, when Andre Joseph's second of two consecutive 3-pointers put the Ducks in front 22-20. Davis added another 3-pointer to make it 25-20 with 8:36 left.
Oregon stretched the lead 34-26 on Ridnour's 3-pointer with 5:35 to go, but Arizona kept it close and squeezed the margin to 41-37 on Isiah Fox's rebound basket as time ran out in the half.
Oregon went up 57-46 at 14:34 of the second half on Ridnour's 3-pointer, but Gardner answered with his own 3-pointer for the Wildcats.