Arizona advances to final with victory

Arizona advances to final with victory

Arizona used a big second half to defeat Oregon State and advance to the final of the Pac-12 championship. Read on for a more complete look at the win.

Arizona went into halftime down seven with not much momentum. However, that changed in a hurry, as Arizona built its own momentum en route to a 72-61 win over Oregon State.

Oregon State started the scoring with a Devon Collier basket, but Arizona came right back with a layup by Nick Johnson and free-throw by Jesse Perry to take the 3-2 lead with about 16 minutes left in the first half. Arizona then kept moving with a two by Solomon Hill, followed by a dunk from Angelo Chol. A Brendon Lavender three-pointer then forced Oregon State to call timeout down 10-2 with 14:22 left.

Jared Cunningham came out of the timeout and hit a three, but Perry matched it. The teams then exchanged baskets before a Collier layup cut Arizona's lead to 15-9 with 11:17 left in the first half. Perry's layup extended it to eight before Roberto Nelson hit a three that was matched by one from Hill. Nelson then hit a jumper and Hill hit another three, but the beavers scored two straight buckets to cut the Arizona lead to 23-18 and force Miller to call timeout with 6:51 left.

Cunningham heated up a bit with a three-pointer and Eric Moreland added a free-throw before Collier then added two more and Arizona was forced to call timeout in an effort to stop the Oregon State run.

Oregon State's offense continued to click, as Joe Burton made a floater after a free throw by Johnson and Oregon State extended its lead to five with 3:15 left. It did not take long for Oregon State's momentum to grow even more, as Collier came up with a three-point play to go up eight. Fogg was able to come up with a three to contain that momentum before Collier was able to get a dunk off a turnover to make the score 34-27 going into the half.

Johnson started the second half with a three and Hill scored, but Collier came back with a bucket of his own. After a Johnson free throw, lavender hit a three, Johnson made a layup, and a Fogg three-pointer forced a timeout and put the Wildcats up 41-36 with 15:20 left in the second half. Cunningham tried to stop the run with a free throw, but Perry hit two consecutive baskets after nailing two free throws and Oregon State called timeout after a Cunningham basket, down 47-39 with 11:32 left.

Nelson tried to get something going with a three-pointer, but the Wildcats responded with a jumper from Hill, three by Fogg, and a short jumper by Jordin Mayes. Nelson then scored again, but Perry came right back with two of his own and Arizona led 56-44 with 7:31 left in regulation. The teams then exchanged baskets before Fogg got two free throws to extend the lead to 14. However, Hill got a technical and fouled out and Ahmad Starks made one free throw. Nelson then made both of his attempts and the Beavers were within 11 with a little over five minutes left.

Fogg was able to bring the lead to 13, but Nelson came up with a steal and a three-point play to cut it to ten. Fogg was able to make three consecutive free throws before Nick Johnson put Nelson at the line and he made both to bring the Beavers to within 65-54 with 1:59 left. Lavender brought the lead to 13 from the free-throw line and a layup by Chol basically ended the game, as Arizona went up 68-54 with 1:29 left.

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