Oregon upsets unsettled Arizona in OT

The Wildcats' coach sits out, but Oregon scores a huge win
Staff report
Payton Pritchard drives to the basket Saturday night.

The fast-moving scandal that hit the University of Arizona men's basketball program this week broiled into a key win for the Oregon Ducks Saturday before a national audience via ESPN and a packed house at the Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon got 30 points from Elijah Brown and double-figure scores from the other four starters to beat the 14th-ranked Wildcats 98-93. The Ducks won the battle of turnovers 17-4.

Brown hit 15 of 17 free throws to help Oregon overcome Arizona freshman Deandre Ayton, who had 28 points and 18 rebounds. Ayton is a key figure in the FBI probe that recorded coach Sean Miller discussing a payment of $100,000 to an agent to secure Ayton attending Arizona. Miller did not coach the team Saturday, with assistant Lorenzo Romar - the one-time University of Washington coach, taking over that role.

The win moved the Ducks to 19-10 overall, 9-7 in conference games after the weekend sweep of the Arizona schools.

Oregon State, which lost to Arizona Thursday, beat Arizona State 79-75 at Gill Coliseum Saturday to improve to 14-14, 6-10. The Beavers finished their home schedule at 13-4 overall.

Both Oregon schools travel to Washington to close out the regular season.

 

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