Oregon 68

(10-14, 4-8 Pac-12)

Arizona 70

(14-9, 7-5 Pac-12)

    8:30 PM ET, February 9, 2006

    McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona

    1 2 T
    ORE 27 4168
    ARIZ 37 3370

    Top Performers

    Oregon: C. Oguchi 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast

    Arizona: K. Walters 18 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Blk

    Arizona squeaks past Oregon, end streak at three

    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 the end."

    The Ducks were led by the 21 points from Chamberlain Oguchi, who also had six three-pointers. Malik Hairston added 11.

    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.

    The Wildcats also got 15 points from Ivan Radenovic, 14 by Hassan Adams and 10 from Shakur.

    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 team.

    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."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 68 70
    FG Made-Attempted 26-58 (.448) 27-54 (.500)
    3P Made-Attempted 11-28 (.393) 2-6 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-11 (.455) 14-22 (.636)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 13

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