For about the first 30 minutes, the Arizona Wildcats looked tight, and the Oregon State Beavers kept the game that way, trailing by just two midway through the second half.
But in traditional Arizona form, the Wildcats busted out a lengthy run, fueled by Gabe York and Parker Jackson-Cartwright, and ended up getting back to their winning ways with an 80-63 victory in McKale Center Saturday night.
Arizona led by just four at the break, taking a 34-30 lead to the locker room.
The reason the Wildcats were even in front at that point was three-point shooting, particularly from the hot hand of York. The team was 6-of-11 from beyond the arc at the break, with the senior guard going 4-for-5 and leading all scorers with 14 points. York would finish the night with career-highs in threes made (6) and points (24), putting the exclamation point on it with a dunk with four seconds remaining.
Oregon State was only 4-15 as a team from three at the break, but would keep it close in the second half thanks to their own sudden heating up from downtown.
One guy for the Beavers who had success the entire night was Tres Tinkle. Just add him to the list of wings that the Wildcats have been unable to control this year. The coach's son finished the night with a team-high 16 points.
Playing with tight butts: It looked not great early, but the final ten minutes were encouraging moving forward. As Kevin O'Neill said at halftime of the broadcast, they looked tight, and Arizona doesn't have the personnel that it has in the past. As Cam Newton would say, everyone's butts looked tight.
Apple Turnovers: It was a 9-4 turnover deficit Arizona was facing when OSU pulled within two, but the gap was closed by the end of the game. The Wildcats turned the ball over 13 times on the night compared to the Beavers' 11.
Double-double machine: Ryan Anderson quietly put together another double-double, scoring 13 and grabbing 12 boards. It seems like he's flying under the radar a bit lately, but he keeps putting up incredible numbers.
3x300: In the third attempt, Sean Miller reached the 300 win plateau on Saturday. The school honored him after the game by having Greg Byrne hand him the game ball.
Arizona takes the court next on Wednesday, as they travel to Pullman to take on Washington State.