LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Hill led five players in double figures with 16 points and Arizona swamped Oregon State 87-56 in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament Wednesday night.
The Wildcats needed at least one more win to extend their 23-year streak of NCAA Tournament appearances, the longest in the nation, and they got it easily against the Beavers (6-25).
The Wildcats (19-13) advanced to play No. 11 Stanford (24-6) in tonight's quarterfinals at Staples Center. They were swept by the Cardinal in the regular season.
Reserve Lathen Wallace scored 19 points and Marcel Jones had 12 rebounds to lead Oregon State, which ended its agonizing season with 21 consecutive losses. The Beavers were the first team to go winless in the Pac-10's regular season since the league expanded in 1978.
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They saw coach Jay John fired in mid-January and center C.J. Giles dismissed from the team the next day, when Kevin Mouton took over as interim coach.
Hill hit all of his shots, going 7 of 7 from the floor and 2 of 2 from the line while grabbing eight rebounds.
Nic Wise scored 15 points and eight assists, and Jerryd Bayless had 15 points for the Wildcats, who had lost seven of their last 10.
Wise left the game late in the second half and watched with his left knee wrapped in ice and propped on the scorer's table. He had knee surgery on Feb. 6 and returned last week.
The Wildcats went 8-10 in the league's regular season, their worst record since 1983-84, the last time Arizona didn't make the NCAA Tournament.
Arizona set a tournament record for most points in a half, leading 59-21 at the break. That bettered the old mark of 58 UCLA scored against the Wildcats in the 1987 tournament.
Big West Tournament -- Men
UC IRVINE 77, LONG BEACH STATE 63, at Anaheim -- Darren Fells had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead the Anteaters past the 49ers (6-25) in a first-round matchup. Fifth-seeded Irvine (16-15) will face fourth-seeded Pacific (21-9) today at 8:30 p.m.
UC RIVERSIDE 62, CAL POLY 54, at Anaheim -- Larry Cunningham scored a game-high 23 points to lead the seventh-seeded Highlanders (9-20) past the No. 6-seed Mustangs (13-17). Riverside will play third-seeded Cal State Fullerton (21-8) in a second round game today.
MEN'S TIP-INS -- No. 8-seed San Jose State (13-18), which features freshman guard Justin Graham of Ripon, meets top-seeded Utah State (23-9) today at 1:30 p.m. Also today, No. 7 Fresno State (13-18) faces No. 2 Nevada (20-10) at 5 p.m.
WOMEN'S TIP-INS -- Fresno State defeated San Jose State (3-28) 87-76 in Las Cruces, N.M. The Bulldogs (20-10) will next play Louisiana Tech (15-14), 82-56 winners over Nevada (18-12), on Friday at 11:30 a.m. ... Pacific (14-15) will take on Cal Poly (11-18) in a Big West quarterfinal today at 2:30 p.m. in Anaheim. ... Stanford (30-3) has already won the Pac-10 title with a 56-35 win over Cal (26-6) on Monday. Both should be seeded high in the NCAA Tournament draw, which will be released Monday.