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Oregon St. at No. 17 Arizona

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

TV: Pac-12

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tough defense ignited enough offense for No. 17 Arizona to get the Wildcats a bounce-back victory over Oregon State on Thursday night.

Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and the Wildcats, coming off a road loss at Colorado, pulled away from a sluggish, close game in the final 71⁄2 minutes to beat the Beavers 62-53.

“I am happy with our defensive effort,” said Arizona coach Sean Miller, whose Wildcats improved to 13-4 overall and to 3-1 in the Pac-12. “That’s as hard as we’ve played. It’s not really my opinion. You look out and see things happen. Guys are really helping each other, pressing the ball.”

Tres Tinkle scored 18 points and Stephen Thompson Jr. had 14 for the Beavers (10-6, 2-2), who have won just once in Tucson in the last 35 years (2010).

“It was a physical game. You saw that down the stretch,” Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle said, “and we weren’t able to make plays.”

Oregon State led the entire first half and was up 22-21 at the break, the lowest-scoring half for Arizona this season, and the lowest-scoring for a Beavers opponent.

Deandre Ayton had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Rawle Alkins scored 11 points, nine in the second half, for the Wildcats.

“The best offense is good defense,” Alkins said. “Defense-to-offense, we had a lot of great plays.”

Also Thursday:


Stanford 79, Washington St. 70: PULLMAN, Wash. — Dorian Pickens had a career-high 28 points, including a key 3-pointer with 76 seconds left, to help Stanford (9-8, 3-1) beat Washington State (8-8, 0-4).

Washington 66, California 56: SEATTLE — Jaylen Nowell scored 20 points, Noah Dickerson added 12 points, and Washington (13-4, 3-1) continued its promising early start to conference play with a in over California (7-10, 1-3).

Top 25

No. 5 Wichita St. 96, East Carolina 60: GREENVILLE, N.C. — Rauno Nurger scored 14 points and fifth-ranked Wichita State (14-2) shook off a slow start.

No. 15 Gonzaga 103, Portland 57: SPOKANE, Wash. — Silas Melson scored a career-high 23 points, making seven 3-pointers, for Gonzaga (15-3). Marcus Shaver Jr. scored 16 points for Portland (6-12, 0-5), which has dropped five games in a row.

NC State 78, No. 19 Clemson 77: RALEIGH, N.C. — Omer Yurtseven scored a career-high 29 points, and North Carolina State (12-5) held on to beat Clemson (14-2).