Brooks’ lay-in lifts Ducks past Wildcats
Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Aaron Brooks hit the game-winning layup, as a
pair of high-scoring Pac-10 powers collided in Tucson, with the
15th-ranked Oregon Ducks edging the 10th-ranked Arizona Wildcats, 79-77.
Oregon went on a 7-0 run down the final three minutes capped by a Brooks one-
handed floater off the window with two seconds left to break a 77-77 tie and
win the game.
Arizona had to go the length of the court to go for the win or the tie. An
Oregon player deflected the ball out of bounds, giving the Wildcats one more
shot from half court. Marcus Williams got off a fadeaway at the buzzer that
fell short to preserve the win for Oregon.
Brooks and Bryce Taylor both scored 21 points for Oregon (16-1, 4-1), which
won 13 straight games to open the season before finally falling to USC by two
points. Since that setback, the Ducks have won three straight games, including
a 60-55 decision over Arizona State on Thursday.
Malik Hairston posted 18 points and eight rebounds, while Marty Leunen added
14 points and 14 boards in the win.
Williams posted 34 points and 12 boards for Arizona (13-3, 4-2), which lost
its first game at McKale Center this season. The Wildcats lost their season
opener to Virginia, but they have only lost one other game since then to
Washington State in overtime.
Mustafa Shakur notched 21 points and five assists, and Jawann McClellan had 12
points. Ivan Radenovic added 13 boards in defeat.
“It’s a tough loss,” Shakur said. “We’re going to go back and look at the
films to learn from tonight so this doesnt happen again.”
Arizona held a 38-37 lead at halftime, after shooting 16-for-30 (53 percent)
in the stanza. However, the Cats shot 28-for-58 (48 percent) in the game,
compared to 28-for-61 (46 percent).
The Ducks did their damage beyond the arc, finishing 13-for-26 (50 percent),
while Arizona shot 3-for-15 (20 percent) from long distance.
“I think the game went just as we expected it to go,” Arizona coach Lute Olson
said. “As I said before, (Oregon) can get up and down the court quicker than
anyone we have played. Early in the game we didn’t do very well in transition
defense, and when you look at our inability to hit threes and their ability
hit that shot, one can see what made the difference in the game.”
Oregon is 4-1 against league foes, and all five conference games have been
decided by four points or fewer…Arizona owns a commanding 38-20 advantage in
the all-time series with Oregon, and the Wildcats have won seven of the last