first_img “We’re playing like a mediocre ball club,” Arizona coach Lute Olson said. “If we’re going to change that we need to play as a team.” Johnson, playing in his first game since serving a two-game suspension, put the Ducks up for good with a driving jumper in the lane that made it 66-64 with 3 minutes to play. A free throw by Adams cut Arizona’s deficit to one point, but Brooks followed with a free throw and Oregon closed out the final 2:34 on a 7-3 run. Hairston hit four 3-pointers in just over 4 minutes midway through the second half to lead the Ducks on a 16-3 run. His first 3-pointer at the 14:11 mark broke a 44-44 tie, and his layup with 8:44 left gave Oregon its largest lead of the game, 60-49. “Malik was on fire,” Brooks said. “That’s why we call him our stud. He hit some clutch shots; he played his heart out.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Aaron Brooks added 17 points for Oregon, which shot 55 percent from the field, while Bryce Taylor scored 11 and Brandon Lincoln and Ivan Johnson each had 10. But it was Hairston leading the way, hitting nine of 13 field goals. “If you look at his face and his demeanor, he looks 24 or 25,” Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. “Then you remember he is only 18. There will be a time when he takes over an entire game, but he is not quite there yet.” The Wildcats were swept on the Oregon trip for the first time since 2000. Mustafa Shakur scored 19 points for the Wildcats, who lost 75-65 to Oregon State on Thursday, and Hassan Adams added 15. The Ducks (9-8, 3-2 Pac-10) beat the Wildcats (10-6, 3-3) for the first time since 2002 and got their first victory against a ranked opponent since beating No. 25 Stanford on Feb. 6, 2003. “It’s a big win, it’s a great feeling,” said Hairston, a sophomore. “It’s the first time since I’ve been here that we beat a ranked team.” center_img EUGENE, Ore. – Malik Hairston’s big finish delivered an important win for Oregon on Saturday. Hairston scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half to lift Oregon to a 73-68 win over No. 24 Arizona. last_img

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