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Cats Lose Second Game in Oregon - Ducks Win, 86-81

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Frederick Jones scored a career-high 27 points, and Oregon outscored Arizona 15-1 in the final 4:46 to hand the third-ranked Wildcats their second straight upset loss, 86-81 Saturday.

The Ducks (21-7, 12-5 Pac-10) trailed by 17 with 12:17 remaining, but Alex Scales hit two straight 3-pointers to begin the comeback.

Michael Wright scored 28 for Arizona (24-6, 13-3), but was held scoreless in the final 6 1/2 minutes as the Wildcats missed a chance to grab a share of the Pac-10 lead after Stanford lost to UCLA in overtime.

The Ducks clinched no worse than third in the Pac-10.

Arizona, which lost 70-69 at Oregon State on a 3-pointer at the buzzer Thursday night, had just one field goal in the last 11:15. A mid-range jumper and a free throw by Gilbert Arenas put the Wildcats ahead 80-71 with 4:46 left.

The Ducks chipped at the lead, and Jones dished to Scales for a layup that tied it at 80 with 1:10 left. Darius Wright stole the ball from Arizona's Luke Walton and hit two free throws for an 82-80 lead, and two more from the line made it 84-81.

Arizona had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Jason Gardner's leaning, desperate 3-pointer was off, and Jones rebounded with 2.6 seconds. Jones' free throws sealed it at 86-81.

Gardner added 22 points, and Arenas had 15 for the Wildcats, who were swept in Oregon for the first time since 1989-90. They had won 16 of their last 17 against the Ducks.

Scales had 16 of his 20 points in the second half, and Wright added 15 points on 12-of-12 free throws for the Ducks.

Oregon was coming off a wild 80-77 win over Arizona State on Thursday night in which the Ducks scored six points in the final five seconds and won it with Wright's buzzer-beating heave.

The Ducks nearly blew this game with two stretches of poor shooting and abysmal ball-handling, and the latter drought appeared to be fatal.

After pulling to 55-51, Oregon committed four turnovers and didn't score a point for more than two minutes. The Wildcats ran off 13 quick points, and a driving layup by Arenas put his team up 68-51.

But Arizona would get just two baskets after that _ a fallaway bank shot by Wright and Arenas' jumper.

The Ducks took a 36-28 lead on a dunk by Jones, but didn't hit a field goal in the last 5:10 of the first half. On its nine possessions during that stretch, all the Ducks got were two field goals after a technical foul was called on Arizona's Richard Jefferson, who shoved a group of fans during an altercation after he tumbled out of bounds going for a loose ball.

The Ducks had four turnovers and missed all three of their shots during the bad stretch, and Gardner scored five points during a 16-2 run, including a leaning 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left that made it 44-38 at the half.

The Ducks had their fast break going early and got a big lift when A.D. Smith entered the game four minutes in. Smith wasn't expected to play until the postseason, but he wore a plastic mask to protect the left cheekbone he broke in a victory at Southern California last week.

Smith was in primarily to help guard Wright, but Smith hit two layups, and a 3-pointer by Frederick Jones gave Oregon an early 22-15 lead.

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