TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Gabe York scored 16 points, Brandon Ashley added 13 and No. 6 Arizona put on an offensive show to dismantle Oregon 90-56 Wednesday night.
After routing Oregon earlier this season behind its defense, Arizona (19-2, 7-1 Pac-12) ran away from the Ducks a second time with one of its best offensive performances of the season.
The Wildcats had their way with Oregon inside and out, shooting 59 percent while outscoring the Ducks 44-18 in the paint. Arizona led by 15 in the first half and crushed Oregon’s hopes with a big run midway through the second to win its 33rd straight home game.
Stanley Johnson had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Wildcats. T.J. McConnell scored all 10 of his points in the first half and had five assists.
Elgin Cook had 16 points and Joseph Young added 12 for Oregon (14-7, 4-4).
Arizona handed the Ducks their worst loss of the season in the teams’ first meeting, limiting the Ducks to 4-of-20 from 3-point range in the 80-62 victory on Jan. 8 in Eugene.
The Wildcats were particularly effective against Young, holding him to 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting.
Oregon bounced back with its best offensive game the last time out, shooting 62 percent, including 9 of 13 from 3-point range in a rout of UCLA.
Young had a hard time getting untracked again, taking four first-half shots. Cook didn’t, scoring 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
It wasn’t close to good enough against the Wildcats and their bulldog of a point guard, McConnell.
In synch from the start, Arizona hit six of its first seven shots and barely slowed the pace, hitting 18 of 30 in the first half.
McConnell was the catalyst, though with his scoring even more than his distributing.
Attacking Oregon’s defense whenever he saw an opening, McConnell hit all five of his shots in the first half and scored 10 points, with three assists. The Wildcats had a few careless turnovers from trying to force passes through traffic, but still managed to build a 42-27 halftime lead.
Oregon tried to shoot its way back, making seven of its first eight shots and going on an 8-0 run to cut Arizona’s lead to 56-46.
York put an end to the run and the Ducks’ hopes, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and turning a steal into a three-point play during a 14-0 run that pushed the lead to 19.
Oregon: The Ducks are 1-5 away from Eugene this season. … Young was 4 for 9 from the floor after going 7 for 27 his previous two games against Arizona.
Arizona: The Wildcats outscored Oregon 33-13 in bench points and had a 34-30 advantage rebounding.
Oregon plays at Arizona State on Friday.
Arizona hosts Oregon State Friday.
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