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Pac-12 Recap: Colorado stuns Oregon, USC upsets UCLA

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One-win Colorado takes down previously unbeaten (in conference play) Oregon.

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Battle for Los Angeles

The UCLA Bruins really laid a dud in their 84-76 defeat away against the USC Trojans. Bryce Alford played 37 minutes and made just one basket while scoring three points. TJ Leaf scored eight points in 27 minutes, and Lonzo Ball — while he did tally a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) — managed just four assists to seven turnovers. Isaac Hamilton was UCLA’s most effective scorer racking up 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting. Meanwhile, leading the way for USC was Shaqquan Aaron with 23 bench points.

Battle of the Bay

The California Golden Bears managed to overcome a very slow start to the game by suffocating the Stanford Cardinal offense and finding a groove offensively in the second half of a 66-55 home win. This matchup was going to come down to Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey versus Ivan Rabb and it went as expected with the latter collecting 25 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Rabb’s 25 points was just two fewer points than Travis and Humphrey combined — who scored just one fewer point than the rest of the Cardinal lineup combined. The Bears held the Cardinal to 38.8 percent shooting from the field, and just seven assists to 15 turnovers. Jabari Bird contributed 17 points the cause for Cal.

The State of Washington Travels to the Desert

The Arizona State Sun Devils continued the Washington Huskies’ miserable season thus far by handing them an 86-75 loss. Projected NBA lottery pick Markelle Fultz chipped in 28 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and two steals, but received little help from his teammates. Matisse Thybulle contributed 15 points on 5 of 10 shooting, while David Crisp’s 4 of 14 shooting (2 of 10 from three-point range) certainly didn’t help. Shannon Evans II and Tra Holder of Arizona State combined for 48 points on 14 of 30 shooting.

Predictably, the Arizona Wildcats took care of business as they defeated the Washington State Cougars 79-62 to remain undefeated in conference play. Conor Clifford provided the stiffest resistance to the Wildcats as he poured in 19 points and five rebounds on 8 of 14 shooting. Meanwhile, the Wildcats shot a blistering 56.9 percent from the field in what was a very balanced team-effort scoring the ball. Lauri Markkanen (16 points, 13 rebounds, 5 of 8 shooting) and Dusan Ristic (13 points, 6 of 9 shooting) did the damage down low, while Allonzo Trier’s 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting led the way for the Wildcats’ perimeter attack.

Arizona maintained its undefeated conference record by walloping Washington 77-66. The Washington front-court of Noah Dickerson, Thybulle, and Sam Timmins were mostly efficient (31 points on 14 of 24 shooting), but could not make up for the struggles of Fultz and Crisp in the back-court, who combined for 30 points on 12 of 35 shooting from the field, 2 of 10 from three-point range, and 4 of 12 from the charity stripe. Balanced scoring was the theme of the week for Arizona, as Kadeem Allen led them with 14 points in this contest, while Kobi Simmons scored 13.

In the final matchup of this series, Washington State outlasted Arizona State in a 91-83 shootout. Arizona State had no answer for Josh Hawkinson as he notched 31 points, and 10 rebounds on 10 of 16 shooting from the field (2 of 3 from three-point range, 9 of 9 from the stripe). Holder did his best to keep up by scoring 27 points on 8 of 14 shooting.

Mountain Schools Welcome the Oregon Schools

The Oregon Ducks outlasted the Utah Utes 73-67 in what was a tightly-contested matchup throughout. Dillon Brooks led all scorers with 19 points, while Utah’s Kyle Kuzma notched 18. Utah committed 15 turnovers to Oregon’s nine, which potentially made the difference as both teams were very similar across the board on most stats.

In a battle of teams looking for their first conference win, the Colorado Buffaloes held off the Oregon State Beavers 85-78. Oregon State came out of this contest with a loss, but it wasn’t due to lack of effort from Drew Eubanks (27 points, 11 rebounds, 10 of 13 shooting) and Stephen Thompson Jr. (26 points, 10 of 16 shooting). George King led Colorado’s bench assault (52 points) with 24 points on 4 of 8 from three-point range.

The Ducks suffered their first conference loss of the season at the hands of the Buffs, largely due to cold shooting (38.6 percent). Dylan Ennis and Tyler Dorsey combined to shoot 4 of 14 from three-point range and 7 of 22 from the field, while Payton Pritchard scored 19 points on 6 of 12 from the field. King was moved to the Buffs’ starting lineup but failed to make as large an impact as he did against the Beavers as he scored just 13 points on 4 of 10 shooting. Derrick White led all scorers with 23 points.

A team of Utes were able to take down a duo of Beavers in an 85-78 win. Utah’s top two scorers combined for 31 points — just one more than Oregon State’s leading scorer, Thompson Jr. (30 points). Thompson Jr.’s tag-team partner for the night was Jaquori McLaughlin who added 22 points on 7 of 10 from the field. The Beavers shot well from the field (50 percent), but could not keep the Utes in check (58.2 percent), to say the least.

Standings

Arizona: 9-0, 20-2

Oregon: 8-1, 19-3

UCLA: 6-3, 19-3

California: 6-3, 15-6

Utah: 6-3, 15-6

USC: 5-4, 18-4

Washington State: 4-5, 11-10

Stanford: 3-6, 11-10

Arizona State: 3-6, 10-12

Washington: 2-7, 9-12

Colorado: 2-7, 12-10

Oregon State: 0-9, 4-18

Up Next

Wednesday

UCLA at Washington State, 6 p.m. on Pac-12 Network

USC at Washington, 8 p.m. on ESPNU

Thursday

Arizona at Oregon State, 6 p.m. on ESPN2

Utah at California, 6 p.m. on Pac-12 Network

Arizona State at Oregon, 8 p.m. on Fox Sports 1

Colorado at Stanford, 8 p.m. on Pac-12 Network

Saturday

Arizona at Oregon, 1 p.m. on ESPN

Utah at Stanford, 1:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1

Arizona State at Oregon State, 3 p.m. on Pac-12 Network

USC at Washington State, 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Network

UCLA at Washington, 7:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Network

Sunday

Colorado at California, 1:30 p.m. on ESPNU