Arizona tops Oregon St. 72-61 to make Pac-12 final

Arizona tops Oregon St. 72-61 to make Pac-12 final

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: Nick Johnson #13 of the Arizona Wildcats goes up for a shot against Roberto Nelson #55 and Devon Collier #44 of the Oregon State Beavers in the second half in the semifinals of the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 men's basketball tournament at Staples Center on March 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

LOS ANGELES -- Kyle Fogg scored 22 points and Arizona rallied with a big run after halftime to beat Oregon State 72-61 on Friday night, sending the Wildcats into the championship game of the Pac-12 Conference tournament.

Jesse Perry had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Solomon Hill added 12 before fouling out with 5:30 to play for the fourth-seeded Wildcats (23-10), who will seek their fifth tournament title in Saturday's final at Staples Center. Arizona's four titles and 21 victories are the most of any school in the event's 15-year history.

Roberto Nelson scored 19 points, Devon Collier added 15 and Jared Cunningham had 14 for the ninth-seeded Beavers (19-14), who were cheered courtside for the third straight game by alumni Gary Payton and A.C. Green.

But even with Payton chewing out a referee, the former NBA stars couldn't help the Beavers withstand Arizona's 20-3 run that opened the second half.

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