EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Jermaine Quisnar scored 27 points in his first start of the season as Oregon beat No. …
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Jermaine Quisnard scored 27 points in his first start of the season as Oregon beat No. 9 Arizona 87-68 on Saturday night.
Quisnard, who transferred from South Carolina and missed the first 14 games of the season with an injury, hit six 3-pointers, including one that was supposed to be the go-ahead pass.
Senior center N’Fali Dante scored 22 points, including a game-opening dunk, and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Ducks (10-8, 4-3 Pac-12) shot 53.1 percent from the field. Will Richardson added 14 points and Nate Bittle had 10.
“It was a great effort,” Oregon State coach Dana Altman said. “The boys really responded and they showed their competitiveness, they played with a lot of energy and the crowd was great.”
Kylan Boswell had 15 points to pace the Wildcats (15-3, 4-3), while Azoulos Tubelis had 14 points and six rebounds. Courtney Remy made 4 3-pointers for 12 points, while Umar Bala added 10 points and seven rebounds.
“When you’re playing a team like this that’s struggling for their season, trying to get a clear win, you have to match their energy,” Remy said. “In the first seven or eight minutes we did that, but they kept swinging and we didn’t match it. They are a good team with a lot of good players and they came in desperate. We have to try to make every game like that for us.”
Oregon lost to Arizona State 90-73 on Thursday before registering its best win of the year.
“We came together as a team,” Quisnar said. “We knew we were better than we showed on Thursday. It was a team effort for everyone.”
Raimi opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game at 43 before Oregon followed with the next 10 points.
“Obviously it was nice to get to those 3 and you hope to get a little momentum going, but then you give up a 10-0 run and we kind of lost our minds after that,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd said.
Rivaldo Soares extended the lead to 61-48 on a 3-pointer with 12:21 left in the game. Dante scored and added a free throw to make it 66-52, and Arizona never threatened again.
The two teams traded leads six times in the first half before Oregon took a 43-37 lead into the locker room thanks to 50 percent shooting from the field.
Oregon led 7-5 before Bello made back-to-back dunks and Raimi added a 3-pointer. Tubelis followed with a 16-9 run as Arizona took its biggest lead.
Oregon followed with a 14-3 run, highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers from Quisnard, to take a 23-19 lead. Boswell hit back-to-back 3-pointers for Arizona and Kerr Kriisa added three free throws to put Arizona back in front 28-26.
After Tubelis tied the score at 33-33, Oregon scored seven straight points, culminating in a 3-pointer by Keeshon Barthelemy, to take the lead with 3:13 left in the first half.
THE BIG PICTURE
Arizona: The Wildcats will likely fall out of the top 10 after their third conference loss to an unranked opponent. Arizona may not be able to afford another loss and still be in contention for the Pac-12 title, but the two remaining games against UCLA set the Wildcats up for a championship.
Oregon: The Ducks revived their NCAA tournament hopes with a win over the Wildcats, their first win over a top-15 NET team since last year. Oregon faces key trips to California and Stanford next week to try to build momentum for a postseason run.
Arizona: The Wildcats host USC on Thursday night.
Oregon: The Ducks visit California on Wednesday night.
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