TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona forward Marcus Williams shrugged
off his contribution after scoring a career-high 27 points in the
Wildcats' 83-72 victory over Oregon State on Thursday
"I was able to get in the right spot at the right time, and my
teammates were able to find me," Williams said. "I was able to
knock some shots down that I'm supposed to knock down."
And the Wildcats (13-2, 4-1 Pac-10) won a game they were
supposed to win, handing the skidding Beavers (8-9, 0-4) their
fourth straight loss. Although they played sloppily for stretches
in the second half, the Wildcats (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today; No. 8 AP) bounced back from an overtime
defeat at Washington State on Saturday.
The game wasn't pretty, and neither was the aftermath. Moments
after the final horn, Oregon State senior center Kyle Jeffers had a
confrontation with a fan and was briefly detained by police.
Oregon State coach Jay John followed Jeffers and officers into a
room off the court. Jeffers later joined teammates in the locker
room and did not speak to reporters. John said his player had not
"I am just fighting for my guy," John said. "I didn't see
what happened. I just saw my player being taken away. I wanted to
see what is going on."
Marcel Jones scored 26 points and Sasa Cuic added 16 to lead the
Beavers, who have dropped 25 straight games in Tucson. The Beavers'
last win at McKale Center came in 1983, the year before Lute Olson
arrived at Arizona.
It was the fourth 20-point game in five starts for Williams, who
also had eight rebounds. Thursday night's outburst gave him the
team scoring lead at 17.4 points per game, .6 ahead of forward Ivan
Chase Budinger added 16 points and 10 rebounds. At halftime,
Williams, a sophomore, and Budinger, a freshman, had outscored
Oregon State 30-27.
"I am not trying to jinx or voodoo on coach Olson and the
program, but I doubt seriously they are going to be around for four
years," said John, a former Olson assistant at Arizona. "I was
here (at Arizona) when Richard Jefferson was a freshman. At this
point, from an offensive standpoint, Chase is ahead."
The Wildcats improved to 9-0 at home this year. But they had
plenty of reasons to be unhappy with the performance.
Arizona, whose 41.2 percent 3-point shooting leads the Pac-10,
shot only 16.7 percent (3-for-18) from beyond the arc, its lowest
of the season.
And Arizona's bench contributed little, aside from forward Fendi
Onobun, who scored a season-high seven points and had three
rebounds in six minutes. The starters seemed to wear down in the
second half; after leading by as many as 22 points early in the
second half, the Wildcats let the Beavers pull within nine with
2:59 to play.
Olson said he needs to get more from his bench, but he's having
trouble finding players who will give him what he needs.
"We're going to have to cut back on some of the minutes for
some of the starters because I'm not sure we can keep that kind of
enthusiasm for that long," Olson said.
Even though they let a big lead dwindle, the Wildcats were never
in trouble against the Beavers. But the Wildcats know they'll have
to play a more complete game on Sunday night against 15th-ranked
Oregon in McKale Center.
"It's definitely going to be a big game," Radenovic said.
"It's nice to have more time to prepare and to get rested for the
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