Jan 8, 2015; Eugene, OR, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard T.J. McConnell (4) looks for an open teammate to pass the ball while being defended by Oregon Ducks guard Ahmaad Rorie (14) during the first half of the game at Matthew Knight Arena. Mandatory Credit: Godofredo Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
The no. 7 Arizona Wildcats took care of the Oregon Ducks 80-62 for their first conference road game of the season.
At one point, Arizona was up 33-23 until Oregon’s bench started coming into play. The Wildcats let the Ducks score 10 costly free throws pushing it to a 5 point lead going into the second half with theWildcats up 39-34.
At the beginning of the second half, Arizona came out rolling fast pushing the lead into double digits early. Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Gabe York heated up the Arizona offense coming off the bench. The Ducks stood no shot against the Wildcats in the second half once Arizona started heating p.
Junior center Kaleb Tarczewski recorded his 2nd double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Guard TJ McConnell led the Wildcats in scoring with 21 as he made 9 of 14 shots from the field.
Stanley Johnson recorded 14 points tonight in 33 minutes making 8 of 10 free throws and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 13 points with 9 boards coming close to another double-double.
Junior York came off the bench with 7 points in 24 minutes to help out a strong Wildcat staring core. Oregon’s leading scorer of the night went to guard Joseph Young with 12 points only going 4-15 from the field. Young is the nations 17th ranked scorer as well as the Pac 12’s leading scorer averaging 20.1 points a game.
After tonight’s win, the Wildcats improve to 14-1 with a 2-0 record in conference play, just one spot behind no. 9 Utah as they are 13-2 with a 3-0 conference record.
The Wildcats will stay in Oregon as they take a short road trip to Corvallis to take on the 10-4 Oregon State Beavers on Sunday looking to improve to their conference record.