Brooks helps No. 13 Oregon hold off Arizona State 71-70
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Dillon Brooks scored 27 points, including the last 12 of the game for No. 13 Oregon, and the Ducks escaped with a 71-70 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night.
Brooks hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:32 to play for Oregon (20-3, 9-1 Pac-12), which trailed 60-59 before its preseason All-America took over in the final 3 minutes.
Jordan Bell had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Ducks, who outrebounded the Sun Devils 40-30. Oregon made 7 of 13 from 3-point range in the second half.
Shannon Evans II led Arizona State (10-13, 3-7) with 28 points and Tra Holder had 17.
The Sun Devils had possession trailing 71-68 with 18 seconds left, but the best they could get was a rebound basket by Torian Graham. Oregon ran out the final 2.9 seconds for the win.
Despite a decided height advantage, Oregon struggled to find any rhythm against Arizona State’s four-guard lineup. The Ducks were just 1 of 10 from 3-point range in the first half and trailed 28-25.
It was the fewest points Oregon had scored in a first half since early season losses to Baylor and Georgetown.
Arizona State dropped to 0-6 against ranked teams this season and is 1-5 in Pac-12 road games
Oregon’s invincibility at home, where it has won 39 straight games, will be tested by No. 5 Arizona. The Ducks have five road games in their last seven to finish the regular season.
Arizona State goes for its 13th win in its last 16 games against Oregon State on Saturday in Corvallis.
Oregon plays its third ranked opponent of the season when it hosts No. 5 Arizona on Saturday. The Ducks swept UCLA and Southern California when both were in the Top 25 in late December.
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