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Oregon St. Starts Final Home Stand Against Arizona

Roberto Nelson will begin his big to be the conference's leading scorer every week of the season tonight when he leads the Beavers against Pac-12 regular season champion Arizona.
Roberto Nelson will begin his big to be the conference's leading scorer every week of the season tonight when he leads the Beavers against Pac-12 regular season champion Arizona.
(Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

#3 Arizona (27-2, 14-2) at Oregon St. (15-13, 7-9) / Gill Coliseum / 8 PM PST / Fox Sports 1 / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM

Game Notes / Arizona Game Notes / Rosters

Oregon St. opens their final series of the regular season, which is also their final home series, with a visit from #3 Arizona.

The 'Cats are fresh off claiming the Pac-12 regular season championship, and the top seed in next week's conference tournament in Las Vegas, with a 79-66 win over Stanford Sunday evening.

Aaron Gordon led a balanced Arizona attack, which had 5 players in double figures, with 19 points. Gordon is also the 'Cats' leading rebounder, and grabbed a game high 15 against the Cardinal.

The Beavers are now in 10th place in the Pac-12 and are coming off a disappointing, 74-69 loss at UCLA Sunday night, a game Oregon St. had 11 point leads in on 2 different occasions early in the second half.

Roberto Nelson, the Pac-12's leading scorer, had a game high 22 points, but Devon Collier was the only other Beaver to score in double digits, with 15 points. Oregon St. suffered 5 consecutive scoreless possessions down the stretch, and UCLA hit 11 of 12 free throws in a minute to stave off the Beavers, after the Bruins had successfully made their second half rally.

Arizona dominated Oregon St. in the teams' first meeting a month ago in Tucson, taking a 76-54 win that is the second worst loss the Beavers have suffered this year.

The 'Cats made a series of relatively small runs throughout the course of the game, and it added up to the going away win.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com