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Oregon Ducks deliver Arizona first defeat of season | Pac-12 basketball
The Ducks handed No. 4 Arizona its first loss of the season with a 70-66 victory Thursday night.
EUGENE, Ore. — After racking up victories against mostly inferior opponents, Oregon finally got a signature win.
Led by the all-around efforts of senior E.J. Singler and some early resiliency, the Ducks handed No. 4 Arizona its first loss of the season with a 70-66 victory Thursday night.
Singler had 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals for Oregon (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12), which overcame an 11-0 deficit to lead for the final 27:32. The Ducks ran their home winning streak to 17 games, including all 11 this season.
"I think we've been playing really well the whole season," Singler said. "I think we're a really good team. This game really showed our team we can compete with a lot of different people."
Dominic Artis, Carlos Emory and Tony Woods had 10 points apiece for Oregon.
Mark Lyons scored 21 and Solomon Hill added 16 points to lead the Wildcats (14-1, 2-1), who entered as one of three undefeated teams in the country.
"We obviously want to win every game, but we know it's not a perfect world," Nick Johnson said. "It definitely hurts because we know we let one slip away with our defense and our execution and stuff like that."
The Wildcats didn't go quietly. Trailing 67-55 with under three minutes to play, Arizona mounted one last rally.
Lyons made a three-pointer, Johnson followed with a layup and Lyons drained another three while falling backward to cut it to 67-63 with 1:18 to go.
Free throws by Singler and another three-pointer by Johnson made it 69-66 with 50 seconds left.
Artis missed a shot late in the Ducks' ensuing possession and Johnson was making his way up the court when Johnathan Loyd caught him from behind and stole the ball with 10 seconds left. Loyd was fouled and made one of two free throws to seal it.
UCLA 57, at Utah 53
Larry Drew II scored 12 points, including a driving layup to beat the shot clock with nine seconds remaining, as UCLA held off Utah.
The Utes, who were led by Cedric Martin's 12 points, had two chances to take the lead in the final minutes but Glen Dean missed wide-open three-point attempts.
Travis Wear scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half for the Bruins (13-3, 3-0). Jordan Adams also had 12 to help extend UCLA's winning streak to eight games.
The Utes (8-7, 0-3) dropped their third straight despite 11 points apiece from Jason Washburn and Jordan Loveridge.
At Colorado 66, USC 60
Josh Scott scored 14 points and Askia Booker added 12 to help Colorado snap a two-game skid by holding off USC.
The Buffaloes (11-4, 1-2) ran their home record to 7-0 this season and kept the Trojans (6-10, 1-2) searching for that elusive road win. USC has dropped 14 straight road games. Eric Wise had 16 points for the Trojans.
Top rebounder Andre Roberson didn't start for the first time in 49 games. Colorado coach Tad Boyle declined to give a reason for Roberson's benching. He finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Arizona State 72,
at Oregon State 62
Carrick Felix had 18 points and 14 rebounds as Arizona State held off a late Oregon State comeback.
Jahii Carson added 20 points for the Sun Devils (14-2, 3-0), who won their first conference road game of the season.
Devon Collier had 18 points for the Beavers (10-5, 0-2).
A 9-2 run early in the second half helped Arizona State push a six-point halftime lead to 15. Oregon State got within 55-51 before the Sun Devils pulled away.