January 11, 2007

Arizona bounces back against Oregon State

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TUCSON, Ariz. -Marcus Williams scored a career-high 27 points to lead No. 10 Arizona to an 83-72 victory over Oregon State on Thursday night.

It was the fourth 20-point game in five starts for Williams, who also had eight rebounds.

Chase Budinger added 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats (13-2, 4-1 Pac-10) bounced back from an overtime defeat at Washington State on Saturday. Arizona is 9-0 at McKale Center.

Marcel Jones scored 26 points and Sasa Cuic added 16 to lead the Beavers (8-9, 0-4 Pac-10), who lost their season-high fourth straight game. Oregon State, coached by former Arizona assistant Jay John, has dropped 25 straight games in Tucson. The Beavers' last win at McKale Center came in 1983, the year before Lute Olson arrived at Arizona.

Arizona, whose 41.2 percent 3-point shooting leads the Pac-10, shot only 16.7 percent (3-for-18) from beyond the arc, its lowest of the season.

The Wildcats scored the game's first 10 points, with Williams and Budinger each scoring five, and went on another 10-0 run late in the first half to take a 42-27 halftime lead.

Williams and Budinger combined to outscore the Beavers 30-27 in the first half as Arizona limited Oregon State to 34.5 percent shooting from the floor, 21.4 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

Sparked by Williams' seven points, the Wildcats opened the second half with a 13-6 run to take a 55-33 lead with 15:16 to go.

The Wildcats spent the rest of the game protecting the lead and tuning up for their matchup with No. 15 Oregon on Sunday night in McKale Center. Oregon State wraps up its trip to the desert at Arizona State on Saturday.

For more coverage of Oregon State, visit BeaverBlitz.com; for more on Arizona, visit GOAZCats.com.




 

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