Oregon Beats No. 24 Arizona, 73-68
Jan. 14, 2006
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Malik Hairston scored 23 points to lead Oregon to a 73-68 victory over No. 24 Arizona on Saturday, the first time the Wildcats were swept on the Oregon trip since 2000.
Hairston scored 18 points in the second half as the Ducks (9-8, 3-2 Pac-10) beat the Wildcats (10-6, 3-3) for the first time since 2002, a span of seven games.
Aaron Brooks added 17 points for Oregon, which shot 55 percent from the field, while Bryce Taylor scored 11 and Brandon Lincoln and Ivan Johnson each had 10.
Johnson, playing in his first game since serving a two-game suspension, put the Ducks up for good with a driving jumper in the lane that made it 66-64 with 3 minutes to play.
A free throw by Hassan Adams cut Arizona's deficit to one point, but Brooks followed with a free throw and Oregon closed out the final 2:34 on a 7-3 run.
Mustafa Shakur scored 19 points for the Wildcats, who lost 75-65 to Oregon State on Thursday, and Adams added 15.
Hairston hit four 3-pointers in just over 4 minutes midway through the second half to lead the Ducks on a 16-3 run. His first 3-pointer at the 14:11 mark broke a 44-44 tie, and his layup with 8:44 left gave Oregon its largest lead of the game, 60-49.
But the Wildcats answered with a 13-2 run and tied the game at 62 on a free throw by Marcus Williams with 4:11 to play. Williams, a freshman, scored seven points during that stretch.
Oregon missed its first seven shots from the field but overcame the sluggish start and closed the first half with a 14-5 run to take a 33-29 lead.