That ignited the 16-3 run that finally put the game under control for the Wildcats. Oregon State took its biggest lead, 57-44, when Thompson sank a 3 with 11:32 left. It was a similar tale in the second half, as Arizona opened the half on a 10-2 run.
The second loss came after blowing a 17-point third-quarter lead. "Defense-to-offense, we had a lot of great plays". Then I came to my senses because I just saw the ball go off them. And Seth Berger added seven points and eight rebounds in another solid game, despite playing only 18 minutes. "Blocked shots come on transition baskets and that's what really helps our team get energized". "You just got to stay ready, you never know when you are going to get the opportunity". And when the game was on the line, they showed up in a huge way. Ayton finished with 24 points and seven rebounds, while Rawle Alkins added 13 of his own.
Remy Martin added his usual spark as well, dropping 12 points and adding three assists.
Don Coleman managed 10 points on 3-for-8 shooting.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 78.0 points per game (4.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.2 points per game (1.3 below their season average).
Oregon State led the entire first half and was up 22-21 at the break, the lowest-scoring half for Arizona this season, and the lowest-scoring for a Beavers opponent.
The Ducks rank 28th in assists allowed per game (10.9) while the Wildcats rank 118th (13.3).
OR: is 3-2 against ranked teams and faces its first one at home against No. 18 Arizona State on Sunday.
"The mark of a good team and a winning team is guys stepping up and compensating for him (Holder) not being at his very best", Hurley said. "We had to protect our home court".
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Washington State: The Cougars were able to get the first win in Pac-12 play after a record breaking performance from, who had 10 3-pointers.
Ryan scored 19 points for Arizona State, which had won six straight.
OR and Arizona went back and forth in the first half, with the Wildcats leading most of the way and 41-38 at the break despite a 13-0 Ducks run.
In a rare, Saturday afternoon game in Tucson, the Wildcats were in a fight against their conference foe, the Oregon Ducks. On Saturday, he hit for a season-high 20 points and stuffed the stat sheet everywhere else, with 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals.
Oregon had been in a funk before this week, losing two of its first three Pac-12 games, including a disheartening 76-64 setback against rival Oregon State.
Ayton leads in rebounds with 11.5 while Parker Jackson-Cartwright tops in assists with 4.9 per game.
Points in the paint were controlled by Arizona, with 20 points, compared to Oregon's 16. White played a big role against Arizona State. Arizona would find a better offensive rhythm in this half, compared to their first half against the Beavers just a few days ago.
"Those are some pretty big guys inside there", McIntosh said. Sam Thomas led Arizona's team in scoring with 14 points, while shooting 46.2% from the field (making 6 of 13 attempts).