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McKale Center 71-game record win streak: Reliving history at 45-game run currently


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McKALE’S LONGEST WIN STREAKS

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PRESENT 45-GAME WIN STREAK

2012-13 — 3 wins (Cal 2/10/13 last defeat)
2013-14 — 18 wins (Beat Oregon 67-65 for 18th victim)
2014-15 — 17 wins (Beat Gonzaga in OT for 26th victim)
2015-16 — 7 wins to date (NAU 45th victim)

1987-92 71-GAME WIN STREAK

1987-88 — 19 wins (Duke sixth victim)
1988-89 — 14 wins (Pitt/Sean Miller 25th victim)
1989-90 — 14 wins (Beat Cal in OT for 38th victim)
1990-91 — 17 wins (Beat Duke in 2OT for 60th victim)
1991-92 — 7 wins (UCLA ends streak on 1/11/92)

AT THIS POINT (AND AHEAD) DURING 71-GAME WIN STREAK

No. 45: 2/15/90, 71-50 win over ASU
Arizona held ASU to only 26.8 percent shooting from the field while setting a school record with 13 blocked shots behind the Tucson Skyline of Brian Williams (five blocked shots), Sean Rooks (three) and Ed Stokes (three). Matt Muehlebach made five three-pointers, four in the first half.

No. 46: 3/1/90, 84-58 win over Oregon
Rooks ignited a 23-7 second-half run and was one of six players in double figures for No. 23 Arizona. Rooks scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half. Matt Othick made six of seven three-pointers and finished with a team-high 18 points.

No. 47: 3/3/90, 87-60 win over Oregon State
Muehlebach had 29 points and the Arizona defense stifled 16th-ranked Oregon State and Gary Payton to earn a share of the Pac-10 title with the Beavers in the last game at McKale that season. Muehlebach (five three-pointers) and Othick (four) outplayed Payton on the perimeter as the Beavers’ star was held to only five points, breaking a streak of 50 consecutive games in double figures.

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