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Anderson leads No. 23 Arizona to 79-64 win over Cougars

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Ryan Anderson scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead No. 23 Arizona to a 79-64 victory over Washington State on Wednesday night.

Gabe York added 14 points and Mark Tollefsen had 12 for the Wildcats (18-5, 6-4 Pac-12).

Ike Iroegbu led Washington State (9-13, 1-9) with 20 points. Josh Hawkinson added 14 points and 17 rebounds for the last-place Cougars, who have lost eight straight.

Anderson, a senior transfer from Boston College, was 10 of 16 from the field and 11 of 17 from the free throw line. Anderson helped limit Washington State to 34.9 percent shooting from the field. The Cougars came into the game shooting 47.9 percent.

Arizona led 39-30 at halftime. The Wildcats missed 12 of their first 15 shots before hitting 12 of 19 the remainder of the opening half.

The Wildcats held a 29-28 lead before outscoring the Cougars 10-2 over the final 3:17 of the first half. Tollefsen made two 3-pointers during Arizona’s late run.

Arizona built a 59-42 lead before the Cougars briefly pulled within eight by making an 11-2 run midway through the second half.


Arizona: Sophomore point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright made his first college start when regular starter Kadeem Allen became ill. Allen played 7 minutes and fouled out after scoring two points. Standout freshman guard Allonzo Trier missed a seventh game with a hand fracture. The Wildcats hope Trier can play Saturday against Washington in his hometown of Seattle.

Washington State: Wednesday’s loss assured the Cougars of a non-winning record in conference play for the 19th time in 21 years. The stretch began with a 9-9 mark in 1995-96. The current streak of eight non-winning conference seasons includes a 9-9 showing in 2010-11. Washington State has not finished above .500 overall since a six-year run of winning seasons ended in 2011-12.


Arizona visits Washington on Saturday.

Washington State hosts Arizona State on Saturday.

No. 23 Oregon ends No. 18 Arizona’s 49-game home win streak

Oregon forward Dillon Brooks (24) drives past Arizona forward Ryan Anderson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Arriving in Tucson tied for first in the Pac-12, No. 23 Oregon had an opportunity to not only end No. 18 Arizona’s 49-game home win streak but also add another quality win to their résumé. Mission accomplished, as the Ducks rebounded from a slow start to beat the Wildcats 83-75.

What a difference a year makes for the Oregon program, which was blown out at McKale by 34 points last January in the second of three double-digit losses to the eventual Pac-12 champions.

Arizona made 12 of its first 13 shots on the night and looked poised to run away with the game, but their issues with turnovers and defending the Ducks off the bounce caught up to Sean Miller’s team. Arizona turned the ball over ten times in the first half, a big reason why Oregon was able to trim the deficit to three by the intermission. Overall the Wildcats turned the ball over 19 times, with Oregon converting those mistakes into 21 points on the other end of the floor.

Instead of building a solid working margin that one would expect for a team that shot nearly 73 percent from the field, Arizona found itself in a dogfight. And as the turnovers mounted for Arizona so did the paint points given up on the other end, as Oregon outscored the Wildcats 44-26 in the paint. Oregon was able to spread out Arizona and find quality looks around the basket, with many of those opportunities coming by way of dribble penetration.

Dillon Brooks, who poses a matchup problem for many teams as a undersized four, led five Ducks in double figures with 24 points and 22 of Oregon’s 32 made field goals came in the paint. Overall Oregon’s offensive versatility allows them to use multiple players at a variety of positions, making them an incredibly difficult team to defend. And as was the case in Arizona’s loss at USC, this proved to be something Sean Miller’s team could not find the right answers for.

Arizona doesn’t defend at the level that their last three teams did, and without a consistently steady hand at the point they’ve proven to be more turnover prone as well. That combination won’t work if they’re to win another Pac-12 title.

Arizona shot better than 61 percent from the field but their margin for error is slim, as evidenced by how they lost Thursday night. The Wildcats left the door open with some shoddy ball-handling, and Oregon proved more than capable of taking advantage. In ending the nation’s longest home win streak, Oregon strengthened its standing within the Pac-12 while also exorcising some demons from last season.

Arizona uses late run, beats Stanford for 12th straight time

Arizona guard Gabe York gestures after making a 3-point basket against Stanford during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Stanford, Calif. Arizona won 71-57. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Gabe York made a long 3-pointer with 8:24 left on the way to 19 points, and No. 12 Arizona survived a Stanford rally midway through the second half for a 71-57 victory Thursday night.

Ryan Anderson added 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (16-3, 4-2 Pac-12) in their 12th straight win against the Cardinal dating to a loss on Jan. 4, 2009.

Arizona’s Kadeem Allen went down in the corner by his team’s bench with 10:55 left then briefly left for the locker room before returning.

Grant Verhoeven provided a big lift in the second half for Stanford (10-7, 3-3), but the Cardinal went cold when it counted as Arizona pulled away for good.

Verhoeven’s three-point play with 15:35 remaining pulled Stanford within 39-37, then he converted another three-point play at 14:19 before a pair of missed free throws by Kaleb Tarczewski. Verhoeven took a charge at 13:20.

Stanford then made just two of its next 14 field-goal tries and went nearly 9 minutes between baskets.

Wildcats coach Sean Miller won his 299th game and could reach 300 victories Saturday night against California in Berkeley.

Arizona, the two-time defending Pac-12 champion picked to win again, has won three in a row since a 103-101 four-overtime loss at USC on Jan. 9.

Arizona’s 12 straight wins in the series mark the program’s longest active winning streak in the conference against any opponent – but the previous two games on Stanford’s home floor in Maples Pavilion were decided by 10 total points.

Two years ago and ranked No. 1, Arizona escaped with a 60-57 win, then an 89-82 victory by the seventh-ranked Wildcats last January.

Marcus Sheffield scored 17 points for the Cardinal, coming off a 77-71 win against Bay Area rival Cal on Thursday. They faced a team either ranked or receiving votes in the AP poll for the fifth time in six games and shot 4 for 21 from 3-point range.

Arizona’s Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who had two big games in sweeping the Washington schools last weekend with 13 total points and 18 assists, was limited to no points and three assists.

The Cardinal began the game 1 for 8 to fall behind 12-4 but Arizona had an offensive drought of its own missing nine of 10 shots during a stretch late in the half as the Cardinal stayed within 31-30 at the break.


Arizona: The Wildcats committed nine first-half turnovers but outrebounded Stanford 42-29. … Miller is 11-0 against Stanford and 50-18 against universities from the state of California, with the Wildcats winning 13 of their last 19 games in California in the regular season and NCAA tournament.

Stanford: Jim Plunkett, Stanford’s only Heisman Trophy winner, sat courtside next to fellow quarterback and two-time Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts. … The Cardinal are 12-22 against ranked opponents under eighth-year coach Johnny Dawkins. Arizona was the second-highest ranked team Stanford faced after a loss to No. 8 Villanova in November. The Cardinal beat No. 21 Utah 70-68 in overtime at home Jan. 1.


Arizona: At California on Saturday.

Stanford: Host Arizona State on Saturday.