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Dillon Brooks scored 22 points, Tyler Dorsey added 21 and No. 5 OR pulled away in the second half to beat Arizona State 80-57 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. Arizona's duo of Allonzo Trier, playing his best ball late after a 19-game suspension, and Finnish big man Lauri Markkanen. That set up transition baskets and allowed the Ducks to pull away from the eighth-seeded Sun Devils. Chris Boucher is the third double-digit scorer and Dylan Ennis is grabbing 4.4 rebounds.
"I think early on we struggled defensively", Trier said. And should the Wildcats be put in the West and win at Golden 1 Arena, they'll advance to San Jose.
The second half started the same way the first half did.
Six players are averaging at least 9.1 points per game, they are: Graham (18.2), Tra Holder (16.5), Shannon Evans II (15.2), Oleka (12.2), Sam Cunliffe (9.5) and Justice (9.1) per game.
"They hunted us down well in the second half", Kent said. "I just did what I was supposed to do".
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OR positioned itself within a potential game-tying basket with 26 seconds after a layup by junior forward Jordan Bell cut the Wildcats' lead to 79-77.
The Ducks started to chip away at the deficit, however, with sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey emerging as the support Brooks desperately needed.
Allen touched on the invincibility of Arizona when Allonzo Trier and Lauri Markkanen are clicking on all cylinders, the change in the team since losing to UCLA at home and the 85-58 loss at OR leaving a bad taste in his mouth. With 15:03 left in the first half, Bennie Boatwright finally snapped the cold streak with a 3-pointer.
Brooks had 11 for OR, which led 34-31 at halftime.
With 5:34 left in the second half Jordan McLaughlin lobbed the ball all the way from half court to Elijah Stewart who dunked it completing an insane alley-oop that lit a fire under the Trojans who closed the lead down to 71-69.
With Oregon showing signs of life, guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright stepped up with a clutch trifecta a couple of minutes later to get Arizona's lead back to eight.
Clearly, though, the Ducks' path got more hard, and not just because they lost one of their best players.
"What was going through my mind was everyday I'm in the gym and work on my game and I have a tremendous amount of work ethic and preparation that goes into to being able to do what I do", Trier said. I just wanted to set my defense because we hadn't won there (in a long time), so I didn't want anything goofy to happen.
Lavin calls games in the regular season for FOX Sports, but after the Big East Tournament ends, he will slide over to CBS/Turner to call NCAA Tournament games alongside Ian Eagle.
Ennis finished with 16 points for OR, and Jordan Bell had 15 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Predictably, UA coach Sean Miller and his players didn't sound like they were making any assumptions. The Arizona Wildcats made sure that they would make a statement before their fate in the NCAA Tournament is decided on Saturday night. He finished with 108 3-pointers this season, sixth most in Pac-12 history.
For Alford, this is an extension of what he tried to do with UCLA's nonconference play.
Arizona State's season is over. The Bruins advanced to the tournament's semifinal round and will face No. 7 Arizona on Friday evening.