March 8, 1998 in Sports

Arizona Finds Itself At Pauley Pavilion

From Wire Reports
 

Pac-10

Arizona was staring at a nine-point deficit, a possible second straight defeat and the likelihood of limping into the NCAA Tournament. It’s not exactly the way defending champs are supposed to arrive at the Big Dance.

Instead the Wildcats will come in roaring. For Saturday they found out not how good they are, but how tough they are.

Down by as many as 15 points in the first half and still trailing by nine with 7:14 left, No. 2 Arizona staged a wild comeback at sold-out Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles to topple No. 19 UCLA 91-87.

The rally was fueled by senior forward Michael Dickerson, who scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half, 11 in the final 5:45.

“Michael Dickerson was the difference today,” UCLA coach Steve Lavin said. “He played like a first team All-American, like a player of the year candidate.”

Coming off a stunning overtime loss to USC on Thursday, which snapped their 19-game winning streak, the Wildcats (27-4, 17-1) seemed destined to lose their second straight. UCLA stormed to a 10-0 lead and dominated the opening half.

Arizona whittled away at the lead until taking over in the final 7 minutes of the second half. Arizona gained its first lead of the game with 1:38 remaining when center A.J. Bramlett followed a Mike Bibby miss to give his team an 86-85 advantage.

(2) Arizona 91, (19) UCLA 87

Arizona (27-4) - Davison 2-5 0-0 4, Dickerson 11-17 6-6 30, Bramlett 2-5 1-3 5, Simon 7-13 4-6 20, Bibby 4-14 2-3 11, Edgerson 0-1 2-2 2, Terry 3-8 4-4 13, Wessel 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 32-67 19-24 91.

UCLA (22-8) - Henderson 5-7 5-6 15, Johnson 9-21 6-6 24, Bailey 7-15 7-10 22, Watson 3-6 1-2 8, Davis 6-14 2-2 16, Hines 1-2 0-0 2, Reed 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-67 21-26 87.

Halftime-UCLA 49, Arizona 41. 3-Point goals-Arizona 8-22 (Terry 3-7, Dickerson 2-4, Simon 2-7, Bibby 1-4), UCLA 4-17 (Davis 2-6, Bailey 1-2, Watson 1-3, Hines 0-1, Johnson 0-5). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Arizona 34 (Dickerson 6), UCLA 37 (Bailey 9). Assists-Arizona 15 (Simon, Terry 5), UCLA 11 (Davis 4). Total fouls-Arizona 19, UCLA 21. Technicals-Terry, Davis. A-12,799.

USC 117, Arizona St. 71

At Los Angeles, senior guard Gary Johnson scored a career-high 32 points and Elias Ayuso added a career-high 25 as the Trojans squashed the Sun Devils and likely their NCAA Tournament hopes.

The Trojans had lost seven straight games and 11 of 12 before upsetting No. 2 Arizona 91-90 in overtime Thursday night.

Bobby Lazor led the Sun Devils with 19 points and eight rebounds. Jeremy Veal, ASU’s leading scorer with a 23.3-point average, was held to four points - all on free throws.

Arizona St. (18-13) - Lazor 6-11 6-8 19, House 3-5 1-2 7, Batiste 6-12 1-2 14, Lewis 4-12 4-4 13, Veal 0-6 4-8 4, DuBois 1-2 0-0 2, Patton 2-9 4-6 8, Smith 1-1 0-0 3, Kelly 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 23-61 21-32 71.

Southern California (9-19) - White 2-2 1-1 5, Turner 7-12 0-2 14, Augustine 4-5 1-2 11, Ayuso 9-14 1-2 25, Johnson 11-19 5-7 32, Jordan 1-1 0-0 2, Williams 1-4 1-1 3, Trepagnier 4-6 0-0 8, Spanich 1-2 0-0 3, Swillis 2-3 1-2 5, Souferian 2-4 0-0 5, Lakey 1-5 2-3 4, Maddux 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 45-77 12-20 117.

Halftime-USC 50, Arizona St. 40. 3-Point goals-Arizona St. 4-20 (Smith 1-1, Lazor 1-2, Batiste 1-3, Lewis 1-6, House 0-1, DuBois 0-1, Kelly 0-1, Veal 0-2, Patton 0-3), USC 15-30 (Ayuso 6-11, Johnson 5-11, Augustine 2-2, Spanich 1-2, Souferian 1-3, Williams 0-1). Fouled out-House. Rebounds-Arizona St. 34 (Lazor 8), USC 46 (Turner 10). Assists-Arizona St. 15 (Lewis 9), USC 26 (Augustine 8). Total fouls-Arizona St. 19, USC 24. Technical-House. A-2,825.

California 75, Oregon 71

Michael Gill hit a tie-breaking jumper from the free-throw line with 7.8 seconds remaining as the Golden Bears blew a 21-point second-half lead before recovering to defeat the Ducks in Oakland, Calif.

Oregon (13-14) - Madden 6-15 2-2 17, Curry 0-7 0-0 0, Hartensteon 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 4-11 0 -1 12, McShane 1-3 0-0 2, Smith 5-13 7-9 21, Rosemond 5-8 2-3 16, Nelson 0-2 3-4 3, Quinine 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-61 14-19 71.

California (12-15) - Lampley 4-4 3-5 11, R. Jones 4-7 3-4 11, Marks 4-7 4-4 12, King 2-4 5-6 9, Carlisle 8-11 6-9 26, Elson 0-2 0-0 0, Gill 3-6 0-1 6. Totals 25-41 21-29 75.

Halftime-California 39, Oregon 22. 3-Point goals-Oregon 15-29 (Smith 4-7, Rosemond 4-7, Brown 4-7, Madden 3-4, Curry 0-1, Quinine 0-1, McShane 0-2), Cal 4-6 (Carlisle 4-5, Gill 0-1). Fouled out-none. Rebounds-Oregon 34 (Madden 10), Cal 29 (Lampley 10). Assists-Oregon 17 (McShane 6), Cal 15 (King 5). Total fouls-Oregon 23, Cal 14. A-8,817. (11)

Stanford 85, Oregon St. 77

At Stanford, Calif., Arthur Lee had 27 points and 10 assists as the Cardinal defeated the injury-plagued Beavers.

Oregon State was missing leading scorer Corey Benjamin, sidelined with an abdominal strain. The Beavers lost guard Ron Grady for the season in mid-January with a lacerated kidney and bruised ribs.

Oregon St. (13-17) - Woods 1-3 0-0 2, Greene 4-7 4-4 12, Marshall 1-4 0-2 2, Vaden 8-16 1-3 20, Tanner 9-16 3-6 25, Heide 4-6 2-2 10, Walker 1-2 2-2 4, Petrovic 0-1 2-2 2, Walton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-56 14-21 77.

Stanford (26-4) - Sauer 1-6 0-0 2, Van Elswyk 1-2 0-0 2, Young 1-6 3-4 5, Weems 6-13 1-1 16, Tshionyi 0-1 2-2 2, Lee 7-10 9-12 27, Madsen 6-10 4-10 16, Mendez 2-5 0-0 6, Moseley 2-4 0-0 5, Jar.Collins 1-1 0-1 2, McDonald 1-2 0-0 2, Seaton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-60 19-30 85.

Halftime-Stanford 41, Oregon St. 28. 3-Point goals-Oregon St. 7-15 (Tanner 4-6, Vaden 3-8, Petrovic 0-1), Stanford 10-23 (Lee 4-6, Weems 3-5, Mendez 2-4, Moseley 1-3, McDonald 0-1, Tshionyi 0-1, Sauer 0-3). Fouled out-Woods. Rebounds- Oregon St. 29 (Tanner 6), Stanford 37 (Madsen 10). Assists- Oregon St. 12 (Marshall 4), Stanford 18 (Lee 10). Total fouls- Oregon St. 25, Stanford 23. A-7,391.


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