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Ducks stun Arizona to cap late surge

Johnathan Loyd celebrates after hitting a key late 3-pointer, part of a 16-point performance in Oregon’s 64-57 win over No. 3 Arizona that extends the Ducks’ season-ending winning streak to seven games.

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Johnathan Loyd celebrates after hitting a key late 3-pointer, part of a 16-point performance in Oregon’s 64-57 win over No. 3 Arizona that extends the Ducks’ season-ending winning streak to seven games.

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon opened the regular season with a 13-game win streak. They closed it with seven straight victories.

The Ducks may have stumbled in the middle, but reserve guard Jason Calliste says the Ducks still belong in the national conversation, especially after a 64-57 win over No. 3 Arizona in the regular-season finale on Saturday.

"We can be one of the best teams in the country," he said. "Doesn't matter who we're playing. Doesn't matter what the name on the chest says."

Calliste made the go-ahead jumper and free throw with 4:22 left and finished with 18 points for the Ducks, who trailed by as many as 12.

"I just didn't want to lose," he said. "Wasn't time to go home yet."

Johnathan Loyd added 16 points for the Ducks (22-8, 10-8 Pac-12) who greatly improved their chances for an NCAA tournament bid. Last season Oregon won the conference tournament and advanced all the way to the region semifinals.

Aaron Gordon had 21 points for the Wildcats (28-3, 15-3), who had already clinched the regular-season title heading into this week's conference tournament in Las Vegas.

NO. 2 WICHITA ST. 67, MISSOURI ST. 42: Cleanthony Early scored 20, and the Shockers improved to 33-0 with little resistance in the Missouri Valley Conference semifinals in St. Louis. The top-seeded Shockers matched the start by Larry Bird and Indiana State in 1979 before they lost to Michigan State and Magic Johnson in the NCAA title game.

NO. 6 VILLANOVA 77, G'TOWN 59: Darrun Hilliard scored 19 for the host Wildcats (28-3, 16-2 Big East), who won their sixth straight game to tie the 2005-06 team for second-most wins in program history.

W. VA. 92, NO. 8 KANSAS 86: The host Mountaineers built a 25-point lead and had to withstand 41 points by freshman Andrew Wiggins and a furious comeback to upset the Jayhawks (23-8, 14-4 Big 12).

NO. 11 LOUISVILLE 81, NO. 19 UCONN 48: Montrezl Harrell scored 20, Russ Smith had a career-high 13 assists and the host Cardinals (26-5, 15-3) claimed a share of the American Athletic Conference championship with Cincinnati. The Huskies (24-7, 12-6) shot a season-worst 29.4 percent.

NO. 12 MICH. 84, INDIANA 80: Glenn Robinson scored 20, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:10 left, and Jordan Morgan had a double double in his final home game to help the host Wolverines (23-7 15-3) finish their Big Ten championship season.

NO. 15 UC 70, RUTGERS 66: Sean Kilpatrick scored 24 for the visiting Bearcats (26-5, 15-3), who rallied to clinch a share of the American Athletic regular-season title with Louisville. Cincinnati won a coin flip to earn the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

NO. 16 IOWA ST. 85, OKLA. ST. 81, OT: Naz Long forced overtime with a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer, DeAndre Kane scored five of his 27 in the closing seconds and the host Cyclones (23-7, 11-7 Big 12) overcame a 16-point deficit to snap a two-game skid.

NO. 20 MEMPHIS 67, NO. 18 SMU 58: Joe Jackson scored 15 of his 18 in the second half for the host Tigers (23-8, 12-6 American Athletic), who shot 59 percent in the second half and handed the Mustangs (23-8, 12-6) their first two-game losing streak of the season.

NO. 23 OKLA. 97, TCU 67: Buddy Hield scored 24 and the visiting Sooners (23-8, 12-6) clinched the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament. The Horned Frogs (9-21, 0-18) became the first team in 10 years to go winless in Big 12 play.

MIAMI 69, WAKE 56: Garrius Adams scored 22 for the host Hurricanes (16-15, 7-11 ACC), who never trailed after a 14-0 run midway through the first half.

SSC TOURNAMENT: Ryan Kidd had 17 points and hit the go-ahead basket with 8:10 left as No. 3 seed Tampa (20-8) beat No. 2 Saint Leo (23-8) 60-59 in the semifinals in Kissimmee. The Spartans face top seed Florida Southern, who rallied to an 82-76 win over No. 7 seed Eckerd (16-14), at 1 p.m. today in the tournament final.

OVC TOURNAMENT: Corey Walden scored 22 of his career-high 29 in the second half to help No. 3 seed Eastern Kentucky (24-9) upset top-seeded Belmont (24-9) 79-73 in Nashville for the Ohio Valley championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.

ATLANTIC SUN: Florida Gulf Coast (22-11), last year's NCAA Tournament darling, hosts Mercer (25-8) at 2 p.m. today (ESPN2) in Fort Myers for the conference tournament title.

St. Petersburg FALLS: Chipola beat St. Petersburg 79-73 in Ocala to capture the state championship/National Junior College Athletic Association Region 8 title. Chipola advances to the national tournament. St. Petersburg's Earnest Crumbley, the state's active leader in coaching victories at the two-year level, was inducted into the Florida College System Activities Association Basketball Hall of Fame at halftime.

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Ducks stun Arizona to cap late surge 03/08/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 8, 2014 11:41pm]

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