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Oregon continues home mastery of Arizona with win Saturday

Oregon head coach Dana Altman reacts to a call in the second half as the Oregon Ducks host the Portland Pilots Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore.

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Jermaine Couisnard scored 27 points and N’Faly Dante had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lift host Oregon to an 87-68 victory over No. 9 Arizona on Saturday in Eugene.

Cousinard made nine of 14 shots from the floor — including 6 of 9 from 3-point range. He scored a total of 28 points in his first three games of the season after missing the first 14 due to a left knee injury that required surgery.

Dante sank nine of 11 shots from the floor and added three steals and two blocks for the Ducks (10-8, 4-3 Pac-12), who have won six in a row at home against the Wildcats. Oregon’s last loss to Arizona in Eugene came on Jan. 8, 2015.

Will Richardson scored 14 points and Nate Bittle added 10 for Oregon, which shot 53.1 percent from the floor (34 of 64) and benefited from 13 steals.

Kylan Boswell scored 15 points off the bench and Azuolas Tubelis added 14 for the Wildcats (15-3, 4-3), who have lost two of their last three games following a 14-1 start to the season.

Courtney Ramey drained a 3-pointer on Arizona’s first two possessions of the second half to forge a 43-43 tie before Oregon answered with a 10-0 run. Richardson joined Bittle by converting from beyond the arc and added a layup during that sequence.

Couisnard sank a 3-pointer and Rivaldo Soares added a three-point play to extend the Ducks’ advantage to 60-48 with 12:21 remaining in the second half. The foul on Soares was called on Kerr Kriisa, his fourth of the game.

Oregon kept the pressure on. Dante converted a three-point play, two free throws and a layup, and Quincy Guerrier added another layup to extend the Ducks’ advantage to 81-61 with 3:20 to play.

Pelle Larsson’s layup gave Arizona a 32-28 lead with 6:14 to play in the first half before Oregon scored 15 of the final 20 points to take a six-point lead into intermission. Couisnard, Keeshawn Barthelemy and Bittle each drained a 3-pointer to highlight that surge.

–Field Level Media