Ducks rally back to stop UA in OT

Ducks rally back to stop UA in OT
(Photos courtesy: AP and ESPN).

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - 14th ranked Arizona's clinch party in Eugene was cancelled.

Oregon rallied Saturday to beat the Wildcats 98-93 in overtime at the Matthew Knight Arena.

Deandre Ayton scored 28 points and grabbed 18 rebounds but the Ducks held the Cats big man without a field goal in the final 16 minutes of the game including overtime.

UA (22-7, 12-4) was trying to grab a share of what would be their fifth Pac-12 Conference championship under head Sean Miller.

The embattled coach was not with his team as it was announced earlier in the day that Miller would sit out the game because of the explosive allegations in an ESPN story that he and an agent discussed a $100,000 payment to secure Ayton's commitment to play for the Wildcats.

Discussions the story says were caught on an FBI wiretap.

Associate head coach Lorenzo Romar ran the team in Miller's absence while assistant coach Mark Phelps was accessed a technical foul late in the game after a hard foul on UA guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright.

Elijah Brown led the Ducks (19-10, 9-7) with 28 points.

Arizona currently holds a half-game lead over USC (12-5) in the Pac-12 standings.

The Wildcats return home to host Stanford and California for senior weekend.

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