8 best things Arizona Wildcats said after beating Oregon State

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Deandre Ayton had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Rawle Alkins scored 11 points, nine in the second half, for the Wildcats (13-4, 3-1 Pac-12). The Ducks outscored the Sun Devils 38-16 in the paint. Mighty Arizona (at home in McKale Center) was held to just 21 points.

OR will have opportunities for wins that may land them closer to the Top 25 in coming weeks.

Sophomore guard Payton Pritchard has been Oregon's leading scorer almost all season, but in Pac-12 play he'd struggled before Thursday with 9.3 points per game on 32.1-percent shooting.

For the most part, they played strong perimeter defense in a zone that kept the pace slow while constantly having success using dribble penetration on the other end. The game will be televised on Pac-12 Network. The Ducks face a tough road test at Arizona State and Arizona before returning home to meet USC and UCLA.

Despite Oregon's poor 3-point shooting (26 percent) and ASU getting to the free-throw line (31 attempts), the Ducks were able to be either be in control or keep the deficit close for the entirety of the game.

Pritchard made four of Oregon's eight 3-pointers, and Brown made three.

Guard Kodi Justice scored 21 points and Shannon Evans II added 19 for the Sun Devils (13-3, 1-3). It was the second straight 20-point game for Justice, who has just three all season.

"They're a much improved team, not only from last year to this year, that's obvious, but I think they're a very much improved team from the beginning of the year to now", Miller said.

LOOKING AHEAD: Colorado had lost five of six, including its first two Pac-12 games, before pulling off a pair of upsets last weekend.

OR has not seen the Top 25 Rankings this season and according to Ken Pomeroy enter this week as the 65 best team. OR only made eight of its 31 attempts, but those eight and 14 offensive rebounds were the decisive aspects of their win.

"It was a physical game".

For the most part, the Ducks eliminated the clumsiness in the second half and used that drive-and-kick over and over with a strong defensive effort to eventually pull away. "They do a really good job". "Defense-to-offense, we had a lot of great plays".

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