By John Marshall

The Associated Press

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Oregon at Arizona St.

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

TUCSON, Ariz. — Oregon could feel the tide shifting. Arizona had found an offensive rhythm, the fans inside ­McKale Center rising and roaring with each made shot.

Unlike a week earlier, when they blew a seemingly insurmountable lead against UCLA, the Ducks turned back the charge and earned a win in one of college basketball’s toughest environments.

Call it a lesson learned.

Dominant defensively early and poised down the stretch, Oregon played a second straight solid all-around game since losing to the Bruins, holding off Arizona 59-54 Thursday night.

Paul White scored 16 points and Victor Bailey Jr. added 13 for the Ducks, who blew an eight-point lead in the final 45 seconds against UCLA.

“UCLA helped us, maybe getting punched in the face, guys knowing they need to step up,” Bailey said.

The once-fast Ducks have had to slow down in recent games due to a string of injuries, relying on their defense rather than outscoring opponents.

Oregon (2-2 Pac-12, 11-6 overall) got Kenny Wooten back after missing four games with a broken jaw, though he played limited minutes, and star freshman Bol Bol was on the bench in a walking boot.

The Ducks still stuck to their shut-them-down game plan, hounding Arizona (4-1, 13-5) into one miss after another while building a 13-point lead midway through in the second half.

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