Payton Pritchard scored 29 points, and No. 9 OR held off Arizona State 78-69 on Saturday night in Eugene, Ore. ASU went on a late 9-2 run to bring the game to a five point deficit, but its momentum was stymied by timely shots from Pritchard and Duarte.
Zeke Nnaji had 18 points and nine rebound to lead Arizona (11-5, 1-2), and Jemari Baker scored 10 points. That trio has shown no signs of slowing down as the schedule ramps up going into conference play.
LOOKING AHEAD: Stanford was one of the Pac-12's most surprising teams during the nonconference schedule, winning a conference-best 11 games. Oregon State is 11-4 overall and 7-1 at home, while Arizona is 11-4 overall and 0-2 on the road. He is also head coach Wayne Tinkle's son.
The Wildcats' average margin of victory in their last five games has been 14.0, down from 17.7 for the season. Tinkle and Thompson have combined to drill 55 triples on the season on just 131 attempts.
According to oddsmakers, the Wildcats are a 4-point favorite on the spread line.
As the schedule has kicked up in recent weeks, the Arizona youngsters have struggled to deliver W's while still putting up numbers.
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The game remained close until Ionescu pushed the lead to six points with 1:39 left on the clock. No. 2 OR plays at No. 18 Arizona on Friday and Arizona State on Sunday.
Arizona State leaped out to a 13-4 lead into the primary quarter, holding Oregon State scoreless for the last 8 minutes. Oregon State's last win in the series came on January 11, 2015, a 58-56 win.
The Ducks pushed the lead back into double digits, but again it was Martin responding with another seven-point spurt to draw the Sun Devils to within 65-60 before Pritchard's three-point play put OR back up by eight. The Beavers are 12-6 ATS in their last 18 games and are a solid 10-5 against the spread this season overall as well as 6-2 ATS at home. Arizona State shot 48.3 percent from the field, including eight of 16 from beyond the arc, and controlled the boards 38-31 in the game. The problem is that the Beavers really don't play a whole lot of defense.
The Arizona Wildcats have scored an average of 82.4 points per game this season while allowing 64.7 points per game.
OR and the University of Arizona fought till the end but the Ducks secured a big top-25 road win, 71-64 against the No. 18 ranked team, bouncing back from Friday's loss. Take the over even if it climbs a bit. Get your 100% signup bonus today.