Arizona trails Oregon State 22-21 at halftime


TUCSON, Ariz. - Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and Arizona pulled away from a sluggish, close game in the final 7 1/2 minutes.

Arizona senior point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who's averaging 7.6 points per game and a team-high 4.9 assists, certainly isn't underestimating the Beavers, especially after their 80-77 loss to Colorado in Boulder last Saturday.

The Ducks dominated the paint, outscoring Arizona State 38-16 inside and scoring 15 second-chance points on 15 offensive rebounds. They also assisted on 17 of their 28 made field goals, a 60.7 percent assist rate. One of the biggest criticisms from his coach will lilkey be that he picked up a technical during a brief exchange with Dusan Ristic late in the second half. They were 15-17 (88.2 percent), while the Wildcats were 14-17 (82.4 percent).

Sophomore guard Payton Pritchard has been Oregon's leading scorer almost all season, but in Pac-12 play he'd struggled before Thursday with 9.3 points per game on 32.1-percent shooting.

Maybe all OR needed to get back on track was to get out of the state. Here's a look at the 17th-ranked Wildcats. The Wildcats should have the advantage on that end of the court.

The Oregon Ducks (11-5) are coming from a 76-64 loss to the Oregon State Beavers in which Paul White scored 16 points in 5-for-12 shooting from the field and 3-for-3 from the free throw line. They lost a tough one to Arizona and a tough one to Colorado. Contrary to Oregon State, Wildcats games have typically gone over the total (56.3 percent). The Wildcats are hoping to get there this season. The Wildcats knocked down 20 of their 26 free throws (76.9 percent) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (41.9 vs. 23.5).

On the season, OR basketball averages 81.6 points, 38.4 rebounds and 15.3 assists per game.

The Wildcats allow the 11th-fewest rebounds per game (30.4) while the Beavers rank 44th (32.0).

TCU (No. 3), Texas Tech and Florida State immediately follow Oregon State to finish out the top 5 by Perfect Game.

The Wildcats rank 44th in blocks per game (4.6) while the Beavers rank 61st (4.2).

Payton Pritchard scored 18 points and hit two free throws with 13.8 seconds left, helping OR hold off No. 11 Arizona State 76-72 on Thursday night.

Arizona is 2-2-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over their last five games.

All those ASU free throws that kept them in the game came from OR fouls, which caused the Ducks to miss important players throughout certain portions of the game.

The Wildcats fell behind right away, hitting just one of their first six shots while OSU took an early 12-2 lead.