March 8, 2007

UA faces Oregon in rubber match

The Wildcats open the Pac-10 tournament today squaring off against Oregon for the third time this season.

The two teams split their regular season meetings with one win apiece. Oregon won the first game 79-77 as Aaron Brooks scored on a last-second jumper to win the game. Arizona took the second game by a score of 77-74, another nail biter in which Mustafa Shakur took a questionable Brooks charge at half court to seal the victory.

During the regular season, Oregon turned out to be one of the surprises of the conference while Arizona, while still a very strong team, was considered a disappointment in conference play. The two teams have seemingly become even in terms of momentum as each has won their last three games.

In the Jan. 14 game, Brooks and Bryce Taylor torched the UA for 21 points apiece on a combined 7-12 three-point shooting performance. Maarty Leunen had a big double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds in the victory and Malik Hairston chipped in 18 points on 3-3 three-point shooting.

For Arizona, Marcus Williams had one of the best games of his career, scoring a personal best 34 points and bringing down 12 rebounds. Shakur also played an excellent game with 21 points and five assists. Jawann McClellan also had 12 points.

The tables turned in the Feb. 10 game with Chase Budinger playing one of the best games of his young career with 30 points and 10 rebounds.

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