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Pac-10 Basketball Wednesday/Thursday Recap

Oregon 79, Cal 70

Malik Hairston and Bryce Taylor scored 20 points apiece and Oregon held off California 79-70 on Thursday.

Maarty Leunen added 18 points and 11 rebounds for his Pacific-10 Conference leading 10th double-double of the season. The Ducks (11-4, 2-1 Pac-10) have won back-to-back games for the first time since early December.

Ryan Anderson, the Pac-10s leading scorer, scored 22 points and Patrick Christopher added 21 for the Bears (10-4, 1-2), who were playing their first road game since Dec. 9.

Oregon (83.4) and Cal (80.5) entered as the top scoring teams in the Pac-10, but both struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the first half.

Oregon made few attempts at getting to the basket, preferring to take their chances with long-range attempts. The strategy worked to a degree, as the Ducks led 31-26 at halftime. --Associated Press

Washington State 73, USC 58

No. 4 Washington State passed its first major test of the season most impressively Thursday night.

The Cougars will face an even bigger one Saturday.

Davin Harmeling scored a season-high 19 points, Aron Baynes had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Washington State beat Southern California 73-58 to give the unbeaten Cougars their best start in 91 years.

Taylor Rochestie added 12 points and seven assists and Derrick Low had 10 points and five assists for the Cougars (14-0, 2-0), who beat USC for just the 12th time in 53 road games.

WSU completes its visit to Los Angeles on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion against No. 5 UCLA (15-1, 3-0) in the sixth-ever Pac-10 game matching two teams ranked in the top five. The Cougars have won just once in 50 road games against the Bruins. --Associated Press

UCLA 69, Washington 55

Russell Westbrook scored 18 points, UCLA shot better than 52 percent from the field and the fifth-ranked Bruins defeated Washington 69-55 on Thursday night.

UCLA (15-1, 3-0 Pac-10) got 17 points from Luc Richard Mbah a Moute in winning its eighth in a row.

Jon Brockman had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies (9-6, 0-2), who lost to a ranked opponent for the fifth time this season. They shot 42 percent from the field in falling to 3-42 at Pauley Pavilion since it opened in 1965.

UCLA point guard Darren Collison left the game with 18:03 to play, clutching his left hip and grimacing. He did not return and was diagnosed with a hip contusion. The junior guard had suffered from food poisoning earlier in the week that caused him to miss practice.

Brockman gave up 3 inches and 16 pounds to Kevin Love, the 6-foot-10, 271-pound UCLA freshman who finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. The two big men pushed and shoved in the paint in the first half, when they were almost even in scoring and rebounding.

--Associated Press

Stanford 68, Oregon State 48

Stanford coach Trent Johnson turned to Lawrence Hill and turned the tables on Oregon State. Johnson reinserted Hill into the starting lineup, going small against the Beavers.

Hill had 13 points, Brook Lopez added 12 points and nine rebounds and the 23rd-ranked Cardinal beat Oregon State 66-46 on Thursday night, the Beavers' fifth straight loss.

Hill replaced Robin Lopez at power forward, then scored 11 of Stanford's first 24 points as the Cardinal took a 16-point lead on the way to being ahead 39-20 at halftime.

"I thought we were ready to play from the start and it carried over," Johnson said.

The Beavers hoped to be smaller and quicker than the Cardinal, who typically start the 7-foot Lopez twins on their front line.

--Associated Press

From Wednesday:

Arizona State 64, Arizona 59

For years, Arizona State has tried to create a basketball rivalry with mighty Arizona.

The Sun Devils may finally have done it.

James Harden scored 26 points as Arizona State defeated Arizona 64-59 in overtime on Wednesday night, the Sun Devils' second victory in 26 games against their neighbors from Tucson.

"At least I can say I got them once," said ASU junior Jeff Pendergraph, who had lost his first four games against the Wildcats.

Arizona (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today) isn't quite so mighty without leading scorer Jerryd Bayless and forward Bret Brielmaier, who played briefly before injuring his shoulder. But that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of students who rushed the court to celebrate the rare win. ASU had dropped 12 straight to Arizona.

Harden hit only 1-of-6 shots in the first half. But he scored 22 of his points after halftime, including five in overtime, as the Sun Devils (13-2, 3-0 Pac-10) overcame a nine-point second half deficit.

--Associated Press