Ducks Handle No. 21 Wildcats, 84-74

Jan. 5, 2008

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Malik Hairston tied his career high with 29 points and Oregon shot 56 percent from the field Saturday to beat No. 21 Arizona at home for the second year in a row, 84-74.

The Ducks (10-4, 1-1 Pac-10) led by as many as 19 in the first half and the Wildcats (10-4, 1-1 Pac-10) never got closer than five in the second.

Chase Budinger scored 30, two shy of his career best, for the Wildcats, who were without their leading scorer and point guard Jerryd Bayles for the third straight game because of a sprained right knee.

Hairston, one of the Ducks' four returning starters, was 11-for-17 from the field, 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Overall, Oregon was 10-of-21 on 3s, compared to Arizona's 5-of-21.

Bryce Taylor scored 15 and freshman Kamyron Brown 13 for Oregon. Maarty Leunen added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Nic Wise scored 16 for Arizona. Jordan Hill, on the bench in foul trouble most of the first half, added 12 points, 10 in the second half.

Arizona sliced the lead to 71-66 after Hill's two free throws with 6 1/2 minutes to play. The team's traded baskets. However, Brown's 3-pointer boosted it to 76-68 with 5:39 to go, then Tajuan Porter's 15-footer put the Ducks up 78-68 3:38 from the finish.

The Ducks used a barrage of 3-pointers in a 20-4 outburst that put Oregon ahead 46-27 on Hairston's shot behind the arc with 3:41 left in the half. With Hill, Arizona's best big man, on the bench, the Wildcats managed one field goal in a 6 1/2 -minute span.

Budinger, who scored 19 in the first half, cut it 46-32 with a driving layup, then his three-point play sliced it to 48-35. Oregon played for the last shot, but David Bagga, a seldom-used reserve, knocked the ball loose and Nic Wise's layup at the buzzer sliced the lead to 48-37 at the break.

Arizona used a 9-2 run to make it 58-52 when Hill rebounded his missed dunk and scored with 12:33 to play. The Ducks, though, followed with Leunen's rebound basket, then a layup by Kamyron Brown and the lead was 62-54.

The Ducks shot 60 percent in the first half, including 7-of-12 3-pointers. Hairston had 17 first-half points on 7-for-10 shooting.

For the third straight game, the Wildcats were without freshman point guard Jerryd Bayless. The team's leading scorer at 18.5 points per game, Bayless is sidelined with a sprained right knee.

The Ducks had nearly as many points in the first half as they did in the entire game of their 62-54 loss at Arizona State on Thursday night.

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