Wildcats hold off Beaver rally
CORVALLIS — Arizona avoided a major collapse and kept its hot streak alive.
The Wildcats lost a 13-point second-half lead to Oregon State on Thursday but still managed a 56-53 Pacific-10 Conference win.
Roeland Schaftenaar's potential game-tying 3-pointer for Oregon State at the buzzer circled the rim and came out.
Chase Budinger had 17 points and eight rebounds for Arizona (15-8, 5-5 Pac-10), which has now won four straight after collecting its first conference road victory. It was also the Wildcats' first road win of the season after six losses.
"It does help a lot with our confidence," said Arizona guard Nic Wise, who gave the Wildcats the lead for good inside the final minute. "Even not having the best day, we can still win on the road."
Wise finished with 14 points, including 12 in the second half, and Jordan Hill added 13 for Arizona.
Calvin Haynes led Oregon State (10-11, 4-6) with 12 points and Schaftenaar added 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. The Beavers had won four straight, their best winning streak since taking six in a row in the 2004-05 season.
Arizona couldn't hold a 13-point second-half lead it had built by outscoring Oregon State 30-9 during a 12-plus-minute streak that started with four minutes left in the first half.
Budinger capped a 10-0 run with an emphatic dunk off a lob pass from Wise, putting the Wildcats up 45-32 with 15:24 left.
But Oregon State slowly crawled back, with Seth Tarver's outside shot closing the deficit to 49-44 with 6:46 remaining.
The Beavers later scored five straight, capped by Rickey Claitt's 3-pointer to tie the game at 53-53 with 1:41 left.
But Arizona held Oregon State scoreless the rest of the way.
The Wildcats went back ahead on a Wise jumper in the key with 55 seconds left, and Budinger added a free throw with 20 seconds remaining.
Wise's basket came on a play in which he could have been called for an offensive charge. Budinger said he expected the call to go against the Wildcats because they were on the road.
"Nick stepped up, made a big play, drove the ball hard," Budinger said.
Schaftenaar then missed a 3-pointer, and the ball went out of bounds to Oregon State. Hill knocked an inbound pass away from Schaftenaar, but Wise was called for traveling with 0.7 seconds left, setting up Schaftenaar's final shot.
Claitt found Schaftenaar in the corner but the shot didn't fall.
"It looked pretty good from where I was standing," Claitt said. "It shouldn't have come to that. We had a chance to put it away in the first half."
Added Budinger: "We got lucky and it rimmed out."
Despite the short time on the clock, Schaftenaar had a good look to send the game to overtime.
"We were just fortunate," Arizona coach Russ Pennell said. "We've had some breaks that have not gone our way this year."
Neither team led by more than four points in the first half until Schaftenaar hit consecutive 3-pointers to cap a 13-2 Oregon State run that put the Beavers ahead 23-15 with 4:03 remaining.
Budinger then scored six straight to close the deficit to 23-21, and Arizona held Oregon State scoreless over the last four minutes of the half.
Oregon State shot 8 of 24 from the floor for the half, unable to take better advantage of 11 Arizona turnovers. The Wildcats finished with 14 turnovers for the game.
"In the second half we did a better job of not turning the ball over ... really controlled the ball," Budinger said.
Arizona shot 23 of 47 from the field, while Oregon State was 20 of 51. Oregon State held a 30-27 rebounding advantage, led by Seth Tarver's nine.