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Johnson's 25 points lead No. 3 Arizona to 74-69 win over Oregon State

  • Arizona's Nick Johnson (13) scores against Oregon State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Wednesday March 5, 2014.  (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

    Arizona's Nick Johnson (13) scores against Oregon State during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Wednesday March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arizona's TJ McConnell (4) shoots against Oregon State's Hallice Cooke (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Wednesday March 5, 2014.  (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

    Arizona's TJ McConnell (4) shoots against Oregon State's Hallice Cooke (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Wednesday March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arizona's Kaleb Tarczewski (35) shoots against Oregon State's Angus Brandt, at left, and Malcolm Duvivier (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Wednesday March 5, 2014.  (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

    Arizona's Kaleb Tarczewski (35) shoots against Oregon State's Angus Brandt, at left, and Malcolm Duvivier (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Wednesday March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)  (The Associated Press)

Nick Johnson scored 25 points and No. 3 Arizona beat Oregon State 74-69 on Wednesday night in a back-and-forth game that wasn't decided until the final minutes.

Kaleb Tarczewski added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats (28-2, 15-2 Pac-12), who had already clinched the regular season conference title.

Roberto Nelson scored 25 points and Devon Collier had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Beavers (15-14, 7-10).

Arizona built several leads during the game but couldn't pull far away from a feisty Oregon State team.

Arizona opened the game on a 7-0 run before Oregon State responded and took a 10-9 lead on a steal and layup by Hallice Cooke at the 14:13 mark.

The Wildcats gradually crept away, and an alley-oop pass from T.J. McConnell to Johnson for a dunk that put the Wildcats up 31-22 with 3:53 left in the half, their largest lead of the game. Arizona led 36-33 at halftime.