Backcourt boosts OR past No. 11 Arizona State

Oregon at No. 17 Arizona tops the Pac-12 this week

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Tres Tinkle led the Beavers with 18 points and nine rebounds. The Ducks outscored the Sun Devils 38-16 in the paint.

Kianna Ibis leads ASU with 13.5 points per game (17.8 in Pac-12 games), while Jamie Ruden (10.8 off the bench) and Sabrina Haines (10.2) are in double figures.

The Beavers have followed that up with three straight Pac-12 regular-season titles, one Pac-12 tournament title, two trips to the Sweet 16 and a trip to the Final Four.

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. While I don't expect the Ducks to win out, a winning streak will go a long way in the decision of where this team will play in March and right now, the Pac-12 is Wide Open.

OR wasn't as effective in turning points into turnovers - 13 points from turnovers, compared to Arizona State's 14.

That came through Oregon's guards, sophomore Payton Pritchard and junior Elijah Brown, who had 18 points apiece while the floor general Pritchard added six assists. Pritchard put the game on ice with two free throws in the closing moments that put the game out of reach for the Sun Devils.

Wooten had only 4 points and a rebound in 11 minutes of action, picking up 3 first-half fouls and then sitting for good after getting his fourth with 13:03 left in the game.

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"They grinded us up on defense", he said.

"If we get those rebounds, we have a chance to push", Hurley said of the offensive rebounds for OR contributing to the lack of transition looks for his team.

The Sun Devils had 13 total rebounds at the half and OR had 10 alone on the offensive glass, good for a total of 20.

Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and the Wildcats, coming off a road loss at Colorado, pulled away from a sluggish, close game in the final 7½ minutes to beat the Beavers 62-53. Trier scored a game-high 21 points and Ayton had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

"It was a physical game".

The Beavers jumped out to a 12-2 lead and the Cats were able to cut the double-digit lead to just one at the half, after a 6-0 run.

"They did a nice job of tempoing the game and make it a real possession game", Hurley said.

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