TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- It took two free throws from Mustafa Shakur
to keep Arizona from its longest losing streak in 22 years.
Shakur sunk two foul shots with nine seconds left for a 70-68
win over Oregon on Thursday night.
"I just told myself we're not going to lose," Shakur said. "I
just concentrated and did the things I always do as I walk up to
the line. I didn't feel nervous at all."
The Wildcats (14-9, 7-5 Pac-10) appeared on the verge of getting
their fourth consecutive defeat while trailing by five with 1:52
left. A loss would have equaled Arizona's mark in 1983-84, coach
Lute Olson's first year.
Shakur prevented that from happening when he made two free
throws after being fouled by Jordan Kent while driving into the
lane and Arizona trailing 68-67.
Oregon (10-14, 4-8) is still trying to win a close game after
losing its sixth straight, and the fifth consecutive by seven
points or less.
"We're getting some fight in the team," Oregon's Aaron Brooks
said. "We just fell apart. It's not good enough to keep losing at
Oregon (10-14, 4-8) was led by the 21 points from Chamberlain
Oguchi, who also had six three-pointers. Malik Hairston added 11.
Arizona got a great deal of help inside with Kirk Walters
scoring a career-high 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds, while
also making 8 of 11 shots.
Oregon took a 68-63 lead before Shakur made two free throws with
52 seconds left. Arizona immediately installed a press and got a
steal, followed by a bucket from Walters to close to within 68-67
with 25 seconds remaining.
The Ducks in-bounded a pass but had the ball knocked off an
Oregon player's leg with 21 seconds on the clock.
That is when the Wildcat junior point guard made both free
throws for a 69-68 lead.
"We had no choice. We had to get defensive stops and force
turnovers," Olson said. "We forced a couple in that last minute
that gave us the opportunity and then Mustafa stepped up and hit
some big time free throws."
Oregon tried to take the lead again only to have Brooks get
called for traveling when he penetrated the lane and faced a double
After Radenovic made one free throw, Oregon missed a half-court
shot with time winding down.
"It feels good that we got the monkey off our backs. Now we
have to build on this momentum," Walters said. "The fact we never
quit shows the guts of this team."