Ducks upset No. 3 Arizona 64-57, edge closer to the dance
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Jason Calliste made the go-ahead jumper and free throw with 4:22 left and finished with 18 points as Oregon defeated No. 3 Arizona 64-57 Saturday for its seventh straight victory.
Johnathan Loyd added 16 points for the Ducks (22-8, 10-8 Pac-10) who greatly improved their chances of a bid in the NCAA tournament.
Aaron Gordon had 21 points for the Wildcats (28-3, 15-3), who had already clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title heading into next week's conference tournament in Las Vegas.
The Ducks won 13 straight to start the season and got ranked as high as No. 10, but then they lost five straight to tumble out of the poll and fall in the Pac-12 standings.
But Oregon's six-game winning streak put them back in the conversation for a possible NCAA tournament bid and gave them their fourth straight season with at least 20 victories.
The Wildcats led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but Oregon closed to 31-29 at halftime. Mike Moser's 3-pointer got the Ducks within 36-34 early in the second half with a 3-pointer.
A six-point run put Arizona ahead 44-36 with 11:55 left and the Wildcats held on to the lead until Joseph Young's 3-pointer got the Ducks within 50-48 and Johnathan Loyd's layup tied it at 50 with five minutes left.
Calliste hit a jumper and a free throw to give the Ducks a 53-51 lead with 4:22 left for their first lead since the game's opening minute.
Calliste and Loyd hit back-to-back 3s to stretch the lead to 59-51 and the 12,364 fans at Matthew Knight Arena were on their feet. The Ducks held on for the win and the crowd rushed the court.
Arizona had won five straight since a 69-66 overtime loss to rival Arizona State on Feb. 14.
Oregon went into the game averaging a league-best 82.9 points a game, while the Wildcats were holding opponents to a league-low 58.5 points per game.
Arizona jumped out to a 9-2 lead that was snapped by Loyd's steal and fast-break layup for the Ducks. The Wildcats made it 20-8 on Nick Johnson's dunk midway through the first half.
Joseph Young's layup pulled Oregon within 24-18, but Caleb Tarczewski answered with a dunk for the Wildcats.
Oregon pulled to 31-29 at the half on Jason Calliste's 3-pointer with 3-seconds to go before the break.
Tarczewski led all players with 10 points in the first half.
Arizona defeated Oregon 67-65 in Tucson back on Feb. 6. It was Arizona's first full game without sophomore forward Brandon Ashley, who is out for the season after surgery on his right foot.
Seven Oregon seniors were playing in their final regular-season home game at Matthew Knight Arena.
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