Williams' career night guides Arizona to win
Memphis beat Houston for its fourth straight victory.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Marcus Williams scored a career-high 27 points to lead No. 10 Arizona to an 83-72 victory over Oregon State on Thursday night.
It was the fourth 20-point game in five starts for Williams, who also had eight rebounds.
Chase Budinger added 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats (13-2, 4-1 Pac-10) bounced back from an overtime defeat at Washington State on Saturday. Arizona is 9-0 at McKale Center.
Marcel Jones scored 26 points and Sasa Cuic added 16 to lead the Beavers (8-9, 0-4 Pac-10), who lost their season-high fourth straight game. Oregon State, coached by former Arizona assistant Jay John, has dropped 25 straight games in Tucson. The Beavers' last win at McKale Center came in 1983, the year before Lute Olson arrived at Arizona.
No. 20 Memphis 79, Houston 69
HOUSTON -- Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 16 points, Joey Dorsey grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots for Memphis.
Jeremy Hunt added 14 and Robert Dozier had 12 points and three blocks for the Tigers (12-3, 2-0 Conference USA), who've won four in a row and six of their last seven.
Memphis is Conference USA's top-scoring team, but the Tigers beat the Cougars with their defense as much as their offense, holding Houston to 43 percent shooting (26-of-60).
Memphis also dominated inside, outrebounding the Cougars 35-26 and scoring 40 in the paint, to win its first true road game of the season. The Tigers lost at Arizona and Tennessee in December.
Robert McKiver scored 22, but only five in the second half, to lead the Cougars (5-8, 0-1), who've lost five in a row and six of their last seven.
Memphis built an early nine-point lead with a 9-0 spurt, fueled by Houston miscues. Dozier finished a fast break with a layup and Hunt sank a 3-pointer, both off Cougars' turnovers, to put Memphis up 14-5.
The Tigers led 20-13 when Jahmar Thorpe rebounded a 3-point miss by McKiver with one hand and dunked it to trigger an 8-2 spurt. McKiver swished a pair of 3-pointers to cut the Tigers' lead to 22-21.
Houston trailed by three when Memphis mounted a 13-3 burst to push the lead into double digits. Douglas-Roberts converted a three-point play after another Houston turnover and Antonio Anderson hit a 3-pointer to give the Tigers a 39-26 lead.
Memphis led 47-33 at the break after hitting 18 of 28 shots (64 percent). The Tigers dominated inside at both ends in the half, outrebounding Houston 19-14, blocking four shots and scoring 24 points in the paint.
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