Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
OSU Recap 3/6/2008
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 06, 2008
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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Jerryd Bayless scored 20 points, Chase Budinger had 17 and Arizona beat Oregon State 81-45 Thursday night to strengthen its bid to make a 24th straight NCAA Tournament.

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Jordan Hill added 16 points and Nic Wise returned from a knee injury to score 15 for Arizona (18-12, 8-9 Pac-10).

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Lathen Wallace had 11 points and Rickey Claitt had 10 to lead the Beavers (6-23, 0-17), who shot 32 percent and lost their 19th straight game. Oregon State would become the first Pac-10 team ever to go winless in conference play with a loss Saturday to Arizona State.

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The Wildcats entered the game having lost six of their last eight in the conference, but their tournament resume is boosted by a difficult schedule.

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Oregon State, which has used 16 different starting lineups this season, led 12-9 before getting out Arizona's way. The Wildcats used a 12-0 run to take a 23-12 advantage and then, after two Beaver baskets, went on a 13-0 run. They led 40-18 at halftime.

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Arizona kept running well into the second half, with the listless Beavers failing to get back on defense and finishing the night with 20 turnovers. Jawann McClellan's uncontested alley-oop layup made it 66-28 midway through the second half.

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The Wildcats made their first 19 free throws and finished 19 of 21 from the line. They shot 50 percent from the field.

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It was the fifth time this season that Oregon State failed to score 50 points.

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The Wildcats have won 45 of the last 51 meetings between the teams, dating back to coach Lute Olson's arrival in 1983-84. Olson is taking a leave of absence this season and assistant Kevin ONeill has been coaching the team.

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