TUCSON?-Aaron Brooks followed an Arizona turnover with the winning shot with two seconds remaining to lift No. 15 Oregon over No. 10 Arizona, 79-77, Sunday night in McKale Center.
Brooks drove and banked a shot high off the glass on a play beginning with 18 seconds left.
Mustafa Skakur spoiled an otherwise gutsy effort ?- five assists and 21 points ?- by losing the ball on a drive with the shot clock winding down with about 25 seconds left.
The final score was the 12th lead change of the closely-played game.
The Ducks hit 13 of 26 three-point shots for what proved to be a key to the margin.
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Aaron Brooks drove to push UO back up by five, and then Malik Hairston had a put-back to give UO its biggest lead to that point, 55-49, and it stood until the first media timeout, at 14:03.
The Cats went on a 7-0 run to retake the lead. Back-to-back turnovers put the ball back in UA’s possession, and Jawann McClellan hit a jumper. After a loose ball dropped out of bounds in UA’s favor at the other end, Radenovic worked for a four footer to make it a two-point game.
UA got a steal underneath UO’s basket and Shakur drew a foul on a layin, making the free throw to give UA a one-point lead, 56-55, and
But the Ducks went on a little run of their own. Hairston had a tough put-back to regain the lead for
Shakur stopped the run with a short jumper, and then Williams had an old-fashioned three-point play on a break to help UA move to within one, 62-61 at the 10-minute mark.
Shakur put in a lead pass from Chase Budinger off the latter’s steal to regain a momentary lead for UA, but Leunen again had a good inside move for the 10th lead change of the game, 64-63 UO. Brooks took it to the hole a minute later to make it a three-point lead at the television time out at 7:17.
Williams added two free throws to cut it to one, but a foul by Shakur sent Brooks to the line for a pair and he made both to keep
A pair of defensive plays and breakaway buckets helped UA regain the lead and electrified the crowd of 14,562 with around six minutes left.
Marcus Williams tapped a steal and drove all the way for a dunk, and Ivan Radenovic blocked a shot to lead to a fastbreak layup by Mustafa Shakur to give UA a 71-68 lead, and Willaims added another dunk moments later. But
Williams scored the next four points on free throws to push UA to a five-point lead inside the three-minute mark, but Taylor also hit a pair at the other end to trim the lead to three, 77-74, with 2:27 remaining, when UA coach Lute Olson called a timeout.
The Cats worked for a shot by Shakur but it fell short of the rim and a shot-clock violation gave the ball to UO ?- and Brooks knocked down a three to tie the game at the 1:54 mark.
Each team missed shots before the final half-minute played out.
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The pace of the game was up and down throughout, and no more so than in the first half, when Williams put up 13 of UA’s first 20 points and 17 total in the period, while Taylor scored 15 for Oregon.
The game was inside by
The Ducks drew first blood with a three-pointer by Tajuan Porter off the break. Mustafa Shakur answered with a drive for a layup, but
Williams drove on the break for a layin to give UA its first lead, 10-8, at the 16-minute mark. After a bucket by Maarty Leunen, Shakur left a handoff for Jawann McClellan, drove drove the baseline for a dunk to put UA up, 12-10, at the first media timeout at 15:02.
UO regained the lead on a
Daniel Dillon stole the ball underneath UO’s basket, and Radenovic found Williams underneath for a layup, with Chamberlain Oguchi fouling him on the play. He made the bonus shot for a 20-15 lead at the 11:33 mark.
The Ducks, who had 10 three-point shots to the point, went inside, with Adam Zahn drawing a foul. But he missed both shots. The next time down the floor,
Leunen drained a trey from the top of the key to put
A minute later, Brooks shot over UA’s zone defense for another three and
UA answered with another layup by McClellan to cut it to one, and then Williams drove all the way to the bucket on the break to put
Radenovic answered a Leunen bucket with a short hook shot to keep
Budinger got a layin off a Shakur assist, and when UO missed at its end, Shakur drew a foul driving, and he made both for a six-point lead with 1:36 left. Moments later,