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Arizona routs Oregon State

CORVALLIS — Arizona stayed alive in its bid for a 24th straight NCAA Tournament bid. Oregon State, meanwhile, is one game away from setting a record for Pac-10 futility.

Jerryd Bayless scored 20 points, Chase Buddinger had 17 and Arizona beat Oregon State 81-45 Thursday night. Jordan Hill added 16 points and Nic Wise returned from a knee injury to score 15 for the Wildcats (18-12, 8-9 Pac-10).

Lathen Wallace had 11 points and Rickey Claitt had 10 to lead the Beavers (6-23, 0-17), who shot 32 percent and lost their 19th straight game. Oregon State would become the first Pac-10 team ever to go winless in conference play with a loss to Arizona State on Saturday.

The Wildcats entered the game having lost six of their last eight in the conference, but their tournament resume is helped by their difficult nonconference schedule.

The tournament was on the minds of the Wildcats after the game, as was their upcoming game against Oregon.

"We're halfway there," Wise said. "We need to play hard, come out Saturday with the same ending. Oregon, they're a better team than Oregon State, and they're going to capitalize on turnovers."

Oregon State, which has used 16 different starting lineups this season, led 12-9 before getting out Arizona's way. The Wildcats used a 12-0 run to take a 23-12 advantage and then, after two Beaver baskets, went on a 13-0 run. They led 40-18 at halftime.

"I was just trying to think of a way to get us to score," Oregon State coach Kevin Mouton said of his plan for the second half. "That was the only thing going through my mind."

But things didn't get better as the listless Beavers finished the night with 20 turnovers in addition to their customary poor shooting.

They also failed to consistently get back on defense. Jawann McClellan's uncontested alley-oop layup put Arizona ahead 66-28 midway through the second half.

"We didn't play down to the level of competition tonight," McClellan said. "It just shows you we're a pretty good team when everyone's healthy."

The Wildcats made their first 19 free throws and finished 19 of 21 from the line. They shot 50 percent from the field.

Arizona has won 45 of the last 51 meetings between the teams.

, dating back to coach Lute Olson's arrival in 1983-84.

Wise returned a month and a day after having arthroscopic knee surgery. The 5-foot-9 freshman guard had a career-high 17 in Arizona's 76-63 win over Oregon State Jan. 3 in Tucson.

It was the fifth time this season that Oregon State failed to score 50 points.