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Cats Win Thriller, 70-68
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 10, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TUCSON--Arizona scored the final seven points in the game and came away with a big victory over Oregon, 70-68, in McKale Center.

Arizona came back to erase a five-point Oregon lead in the final minute.

The Cats forced a pair of key turnovers in the last 40 seconds and cashed in on both to take the lead after trailing 68-63. Mustafa Shakur drove to the basket and was fouled by Jordan Kent with nine seconds left,  tied the game with his first free throw and gave UA the lead.

After calling timeout, Oregon's Aaron Brooks drove the length of the floor but got too deep and stepped on the end line with 3.5 seconds left. Ivan Radenovic went to the line for UA and made the first one, but missed the second. Brooks could only get off a half-court shot as time expired.

The victory kept alive the Wildcats' hopes of earning its 19th consecutive 20-victory season and kept its postseason hopes in better shape.  UA improved to 14-9 overall and 7-5 in  Pac-10 play. Oregon dropped to 10-14 and 4-8.

 Arizona has a game against Oregon State at home Saturday, a road swing to the Bay Area and home games against Arizona State and the Washington schools remaining in the regular season.

Arizona big man Kirk Walters posted a career-high 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. UO was led by Chamberlain Oguchi's 21.


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