Tuczon, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – The No.2 Arizona Wildcats used strong defense to overcome a rough shooting night in edging the Oregon Ducks 67-65 Thursday at McKale Center.
Nick Johnson top scored with 18 as Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Arizona (22-1, 9-1 Pac-12), which labored offensively without injured forward Brandon Ashley.
Oregon led 38-37 at halftime and pushed the advantage to 50-43 midway through the second half following a dunk by Dominic Artis and a layup by Richard Amardi.
But Hollis-Jefferson and Johnson scored seven straight points to tie the game.
Oregon (15-7, 3-7) answered back with six straight points to go ahead 56-50.
Arizona rallied down the stretch and grabbed a 60-59 lead with 93 seconds left with layups by Hollis-Jefferson and Kaleb Tarczewski and a triple by T.J. McConnell.
Johnson hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final 47 seconds to douse attempts by Oregon to take back the lead.
Joseph Young and Jason Calliste had 14 points each and Damyean Dotson added 12 for Oregon.