Arizona 67, Oregon 65

The SportsXchange

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Guard Nick Johnson scored 18 points, forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had a double-double as a new starter, and second-ranked Arizona rallied for a 67-65 victory over Oregon on Thursday.

The Wildcats (22-1, 9-1 Pac-12) bounced back from their first loss of the season.

Johnson made five of six free throws in the final minute to help Arizona hold on after it trailed by as many as seven in the second half.

Arizona was playing its first full game without forward Brandon Ashley, who suffered a season-ending foot injury early in the team's loss at Cal on Saturday night. Coach Sean Miller inserted Hollis-Jefferson into the starting lineup at small forward, bumping Aaron Gordon to Ashley's power forward spot.

Hollis-Jefferson scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Oregon guard Joseph Young scored 14 points -- all in the second half -- to tie for the team scoring lead with guard Jason Calliste. Guard Damyean Dotson added 12.

Oregon led 50-43 in the second half before a 7-0 Arizona run, capped by a fast-break dunk by Hollis-Jefferson, tied the game with 10:21 to go.

The Ducks squashed that momentum with a 6-0 run, but the Wildcats battled back again. Center Kaleb Tarczewski, who scored 12 points, brought Arizona within 60-59 on a layup, although he missed the ensuing free throw with 2:25 left.

Arizona forced Oregon into a shot-clock violation on the next possession before point guard T.J. McConnell's 3-pointer put the Wildcats up 62-60 with 1:30 to go. Johnson's free throws with 47.8 seconds left made it 64-60.

Johnson again made it a two-possession game with a free throw for a 67-63 lead with 15.7 seconds left. Dotson put in a dunk at the buzzer for the final margin.

Oregon (15-7, 3-7) lost for the seventh time in nine games since starting the season 13-0.

The Ducks led 11-6 before Arizona, which fell from No. 1 in the rankings Monday after eight weeks at the top, went on a 9-0 run, highlighted by an alley-oop pass from guard Gabe York to Johnson. Tarczewski's two free throws with 13:13 left gave Arizona a 15-11 edge.

The Wildcats led for about the next 11 minutes, but Oregon, the Pac-12's top-scoring team at 84.7 points per game, regained the lead by hitting six of its final eight shots of the half. When guards Dominic Artis and Calliste hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, the Ducks led 38-35.

Arizona cut its deficit to 38-37 at halftime when Hollis-Jefferson tipped in a rebound with one second to go.

NOTES: The Arizona student section stood and chanted F Brandon Ashley's name as he stood at midcourt during his team's warm-ups. Ashley, out for his season, smiled and raised his crutches in acknowledgement. ... Oregon senior F Mike Moser reached 1,000 career points early in the game. Before his transfer to Oregon, he scored 690 points for UNLV at 36 at UCLA. ... Oregon G Joseph Young, the team's leading scorer with 18.1 points per game, left the game in the first minute with an injury. He returned about 4 1/2 minutes later after trainers looked at his leg. ... Kevin Long, the hitting coach of the New York Yankees and a former Arizona baseball All-American, attended the game.
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