- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona coach Sean Miller rose from his seat every time Roberto Nelson touched the ball and yelled “Shooter!”

He could have been talking about his own team, too.

Playing with confidence at both ends, No. 2 Arizona found its shooting touch and hounded Nelson, the Pac-12’s leading scorer, into a rough night to race past Oregon State 76-54 on Sunday.

“Overall, it was a very good team performance,” Miller said. “We did it at both ends.”

Arizona looked hesitant against Oregon on Thursday night, its first game since forward Brandon Ashley went out for the season with a right foot injury.

The Wildcats (23-1, 10-1 Pac-12) had no such trouble against Oregon State, finding answers for their shooting woes while dominating in nearly every aspect.

Arizona shot 50 percent for the first time in six games, had a 40-12 advantage in the paint and 15 assists with eight turnovers. The Wildcats also outrebounded the Beavers 39-24, including a 15-4 advantage on the offensive glass that led to 13 points.

Aaron Gordon led Arizona with 17 points and fellow freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson provided his usual hustling spark while scoring 16.

T.J. McConnell added 11 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Wildcats, who bounced back from their grinding victory over the Ducks with a terrific all-around effort for their 30th win in the last 31 games against the Beavers at McKale Center.

“We played well tonight,” McConnell said. “We were clicking on offense and I felt like we were playing well on defense.”

They sure were, particularly against Nelson.

The Beavers (13-10, 5-6) rallied in the second half against Arizona State in their previous game behind Nelson, but had little chance against the athletic Wildcats, unable to spring him or chip away at Arizona’s 10-point halftime lead.

The nation’s 10th-leading scorer, Nelson was held to 10 points - 12 below his average - on 3-of-12 shooting. The rest of the Beavers did little to pick up the slack, shooting 8 of 24 in the second half and 39 percent overall.

Angus Brandt led the Beavers with 14 points.

“It’s disappointing that we didn’t play better, especially since we have been playing better,” Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said. “I don’t think we came out with our best effort and I want to take the blame for that.”

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