OR has that at every position, and that plus a slow pace was what swung the game in favor of the Ducks in a 76-72 upset loss for the Sun Devils on Thursday. In that one, Arizona's Deandre Ayton put up 26 points.
OR will have opportunities for wins that may land them closer to the Top 25 in coming weeks.
OR (12-5, 2-2 Pac-12) used a late spurt to go up eight points and hit four free throws in the final 32 seconds against the Sun Devils (13-3, 1-3). Sophomore Mikayla Pivec has handled much of the point guard duties, and she hadn't played the position since the seventh grade.
Just when we thought we had the conference pecking order figured out, the Pac-12 did its thing, and most of the country is still clueless as to who is really in the conference. The Ducks face a tough road test at Arizona State and Arizona before returning home to meet USC and UCLA.
However, the pecking order of the conference was thrown out of wack when the previously-undefeated Sun Devils fell to both Arizona and Colorado in consecutive games before defeating Utah in Salt Lake City last weekend.
Guard Kodi Justice scored 21 points and Shannon Evans II added 19 for the Sun Devils (13-3, 1-3). Instead, Ira Lee's three-point play on a breakaway stuff and Trier's 3-pointer cut the lead to 22-21 with 3:11 to go, and neither team could score again before halftime.
The great equalizer, as always, is on the defensive end-with the Beavers ranking first in the Pac 12 in points allowed (68.6).More news: BRCA Status Doesn't Affect Survival in Young-Onset Breast Cancer
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Known for second-half explosions, the Sun Devils had only 31 points in the 20 minutes that the Ducks mostly handled.
Points in the paint were controlled by OR, with 38 points, compared to Arizona State's 16.
"They grinded us up on defense", he said.
The Sun Devils don't have an answer physically for players like McIntosh, who kept OR in a game that it, quite frankly, didn't deserve to be in with some of its sloppy plays early on.
The Wildcats used a 15-4 run in the second half to pull away for a 62-53 win at the McKale Center.