When the Ducks make them, they usually earn coach Dana Altman's seal of approval.
Paul White had 11 points for the Ducks (18-10, 8-7 Pac-12), who beat the Sun Devils (19-8, 7-8) for the eighth consecutive time and moved into a tie for sixth in the conference standings. We don't have knuckleheads on our team, and that's what I'm the most proud of. "... Our priority was defense today and I think we did a pretty good job".
The Ducks were 18 of 23 from the line, only the 11 time in 28 games they were out-attempted.
"Your guys are going to have games like this and it's hard to overcome it against a quality opponent on the road", ASU coach Bobby Hurley said of Holder.
The crowd at Matthew Knight Arena was electric in the first half, ebbing and flowing with every shot. OR got off to a fast 5-0 start but Arizona fought back. ASU only had 5 offensive boards and 9 points on putbacks.
OR shot 60 percent in the fourth quarter, including four three-pointers, and the Ducks finished the game 11-of-22 (50%) from behind the arc.
"Just keep it simple". "We really needed our guys off the bench and they stepped up to the plate", he added. The Wildcats had 14 points in the paint early compared to just 4 for Oregon. OR found similar success in its 76-72 victory over the then-No.
At the end of one, the Sun Devils held a 16-11 lead in large part due to their ability to force the Beavers to commit six turnovers while ASU only committed one.
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But bronze-medal games typically have less to do with skill level, and more to do with which team decides to show up for the game. We are not saying it's impossible for Germany to win-that would be silly after what the team has done in the competition.
Headed to the line with Arizona down two points late in the game, Rawle Alkins thought about his mechanics, as he'd uncharacteristically missed half his free throws on the night. "We didn't forget about that", Alkins said. "We're behind and then we're chasing them". Arizona went up by 6 coming into the second half, 43-37.
De'Quon Lake matched his season-high of 12 rebounds in a reserve role for ASU.
Oregon State come out of the break showing everyone why they are the No. 12 team in the nation, going on a 6-0 run to cut the Sun Devil lead down to four points.
With the loss, Arizona State can finish no better than a tie for third place in the Pac-12 behind at least Arizona and USC, and with one more loss would fall out of the running for one of the four byes in the first round of the conference tournament starting March 7.
8 OR beats Arizona 74-61 to clinch Pac-12 titleEds: No. 8 OR 74, Arizona 61.
Arizona, the only Pac-12 team in the Top 25, will probably see its stock drop not only after the loss but with the fallout from the FBI investigation. Kenny Wooten also made his presence felt on the defensive end with four blocks and a whole host of altered shots.
"He changed the game for us defensively tonight", Altman said.
Within three minutes of quarter number two beginning, the Sun Devils stretched their lead out to 11 points and showed no signs up letting up. "When you have three starters that combine to score two points with the minutes they played", Hurley said, "that's not a formula for success on the road".
Arizona is 5-15-2 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall.