EUGENE, Oregon (Ticker) -- Jason Gardner scored 21 points and Rick Anderson added 15 as fourth-ranked Arizona rallied for an 81-72 victory over No. 7 Oregon in the Pac-10 Conference opener for both teams.
Arizona snapped the Ducks' school record-tying 23-game home winning streak, becoming the first visitor to win at McArthur Court since Southern California on February 24, 2001.
"We feel terrible now and we're going to feel terrible when we look at the tape," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. "When you play a team the caliber of Arizona, everybody has to give you something. Everybody needs to find a way to contribute. We needed a little bit more out of our big guys, particularly in the area of rebounding."
Oregon's James Davis forged a 70-70 tie with a 3-pointer but Gardner and Anderson drained consecutive 3-pointers to give Arizona a six-point lead with 1:20 remaining. The Wildcats led the rest of the way en route to their third straight win since their only defeat of the season.
Anderson also grabbed eight rebounds while starting in place of injured forward Luke Walton, who re-aggravated his sprained ankle with just under 10 minutes to play in Monday's 85-71 victory over Boston University.
"I thought this was the game of the year for us to win," Anderson said. "It gives us an advantage in the Pac-10 because we've won in the hardest place there is to play."
Freshman Hassan Adams contributed 12 points and nine rebounds and Isaiah Fox also chipped in 12 points for Arizona (8-1, 1-0 Pac 10), which snapped a three-game losing streak at McArthur Court and improved to 13-6 in their last 19 conference openers.
Luke Jackson led the Ducks (9-2, 0-1) with 20 points, while Luke Ridnour added 16, seven assists and eight turnovers. Oregon saw its three-game winning streak come to an end, losing for the first time in 22 home games when Jackson and Ridnour score in double figures.
"Arizona played a good game," Jackson said. "They came really hard to the boards. They played with a lot of fire. We made some silly mistakes that made it easy for Arizona to get in and make some baskets. We can learn a lot from games like this."
The Ducks' lead reached as much as 11 points early in the second half, but the Wildcats managed to pull into a 57-57 tie on a steal and slam by freshman Andre Iguodala with 12:20 left.
After Oregon went ahead, 65-61, on Jackson's 3-pointer with 8:44 remaining, Arizona went on a 9-2 spurt to take a 70-67 edge.
The Wildcats shot 43 percent (30-of-70) from the field and outrebounded the Ducks, 50-28.
Robert Johnson had 11 points and nine rebounds for Oregon, which shot 42 percent (27-of-64) but made just eight trips to the free throw line - making seven.
"The biggest part of the game was rebounding and all the point-blank layups we missed," Kent said.