TUCSON, Ariz. - Garrett Sim scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:46 to play, and the Oregon Ducks held off Arizona 59-57 on Saturday at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz.
Arizona (12-6, 3-2) rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to lead 56-54 on Nick Johnson's two free throws with 2:59 left. But E.J. Singler made an inside basket to tie it, then Sim sank his big shot as he fell to the court to put the Ducks (13-5, 4-2) up permanently.
Arizona's Brendon Lavender missed a 3-pointer in the waning seconds. Teammate Kyle Fogg grabbed the rebound but missed a short jumper as time expired.
Oregon (12-5, 4-2 Pac-12) returns to action next week with home games against USC and UCLA. The Ducks-Trojans contest is slated for Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (PT), while the UO-UCLA game will be played Saturday at 1 p.m.
- Oregon snapped a six-game losing streak to the Wildcats. It was UO's first win at McKale Center in Tucson since the 2007-08 season.
- The Ducks improved to 12-1 when shooting for a better percentage than their opponent. UO is now 11-1 overall when holding a lead at halftime. Oregon is 8-0 in games decided by fewer than 10 points.
- The Ducks had four blocked shots (all by Tony Woods) and improved to 7-1 when they record four or more blocks in a game.
- UO is 4-1 when using the starting lineup of Garrett Sim, Devoe Joseph, E.J. Singler, Jeremy Jacob and Tony Woods. That group is the most used starting lineup for the Ducks this season.
- Oregon led by as many as 17 points with 17:33 remaining in the second half. Arizona's largest lead came in the opening minute when the Wildcats scored the game's first basket (2-0, 19:48).
- E.J. Singler registered career-highs in assists (7) and matched a career-best for minutes played (38). It was the 15th time this season that Singler reached double-figures in scoring (ninth straight game).
- Devoe Joseph (13 points) matched fellow Canadian Olu Ashaolu with a team-high 13 points. Joseph has led the squad in scoring six times this season (in 12 games played).
- Ashaolu led the Ducks in scoring for the second time this season (and second time in the last six games). Oregon is 4-1 this season when Ashaolu scores 10 or more points.