In a low-scoring, defensive battle in Corvallis, Oregon, Sean Miller and his Arizona Wildcats fell to the hands of a very underrated Oregon State school by the score of 56-58.
It was not the greatest of first halves on the offensive side of the court as both Arizona and Oregon State only made a combined 15 baskets for 42 points. At the end of the first half, the Cats shot just 26% from the field but still held onto a one point lead. The only thing that Sean Miller would not have liked about the first half, other than the lack of offense, was the fact they were out-rebounded on the glass. Oregon State brought down five more boards as Arizona only hauled in 13 in the first 20 minutes.
T.J. McConnell made two great plays right before the end of the as he stole the ball from Malcolm Duvivier and raced up the court for an easy lay in. On the very next in bounds play, the senior stole it again, found Rondae underneath and proceeded to get fouled going and made both foul shots right before the end of the half.
The second half started out the same. OSU went back into that 2-3 zone which gave Arizona fits all night long. This game of basketball was close all night long, neither school was able to really pull away from each other. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made an athletic shot near the rim, but the Beavers answered right back down the other end with Victor Robbins making a jump shot to pull ahead by one.
Stanley Johnson had a pretty quiet offensive night. This, however, was mostly due to the fact that he got into some early foul trouble. With a little over five minutes to go in the ball game, the freshman made a huge three from the corner to bring his point total up to seven at that time. McConnell came up huge time and time again on Thursday night in Eugene and against Oregon State, as he made a penetrating run through the middle with 3 minutes and 39 seconds left to put Arizona up 52-51. After the Beavers took a lead off of a Robbins free throw, Duvivier made a basket and finished up the three point play to push OSU's lead to 4. That was enough for the home school though as Arizona seemed as if they couldn't buy a basket Sunday night.
.The Wildcats will look to rebound Thursday night at home against Colorado before a sure-fire Top 20 matchup against the Utah Utes Saturday afternoon.