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Pac-10 Basketball Thursday: Wrap-up

Arizona State 62, Oregon 54

James Harden scored 20 points, Jeff Pendergraph added 17 and Derek Glasser scored seven clutch points in the final three minutes as Arizona State rallied to beat Oregon 62-54 in the Pac-10 opener for both teams Thursday night.

The Sun Devils (11-2) went on a 13-2 run late in the second half to notch their first conference-opening win since 2003 and only the program's fourth victory in a Pac-10 opener in the last 20 years.

--The Associated Press

UCLA 76, Stanford 67

Josh Shipp scored 21 points and sparked a second-half surge that led No. 5 UCLA to a 76-67 victory over Stanford (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) on Thursday night in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

The animated Shipp, the middle of three brothers who have played in the Pac-10, hit five 3-pointers, including one with four minutes left that gave the Bruins (13-1) an 11-point lead.

Shipp's older brother Joe played at California and his younger brother Jerren plays at Arizona State.

Russell Westbrook added 15 points for the defending Pac-10 champions, who won their sixth straight game and beat Stanford for the fourth time in five meetings. Kevin Love added 15 points for the Bruins.

Anthony Goods scored 17 points to lead the Cardinal (11-2), who had their seven-game winning streak snapped. Brook Lopez had 13 points and eight rebounds before fouling out in the final three minutes. Robin Lopez also fouled out with eight points and 12 rebounds. Mitch Johnson scored 10 points.

--The Associated Press

California 92, USC 82

Eric Vierneisel made consecutive 3-pointers to break open a one-point game midway through the second half and California spoiled O.J. Mayo's Pac-10 debut by beating No. 22 Southern California 92-82 on Thursday night.

Vierneisel was 6-for-35 on 3-pointers this season before hitting the two from long range that put Cal (10-2, 1-0) up 72-65 with 5:44 to go. That started a 15-3 run that carried the Golden Bears to their fourth win in 12 conference openers under coach Ben Braun.

Patrick Christopher led the way for Cal with 24 points. Jerome Randle added 16 and Vierneisel had a career-high 15. DeVon Hardin had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Ryan Anderson scored 15 points.

Mayo, the talented freshman, scored a game-high 34 points but missed seven of 10 3-pointers for USC (9-4, 0-1). Dwight Lewis added 17 points and Davon Jefferson had 12.

--The Associated Pres

Arizona 76, Oregon State 63

Oregon State controlled the tempo and held Arizona to only 26 points in the first half. In that first half, OSU gave Beaver Nation something to be proud of. They gave us reason to believe that they could hang around with big time teams. However, in the second half, the floodgates opened for the Wildcats and they dropped 50 points on the Beavs in one half. And Oregon State stopped playing like a team. They played like individuals trying to force every pass and shot. Arizona had seven more assists than Oregon State in the game. Which doesn't sound like much. But assuming every one of those baskets is a two point field goal, it adds up to fourteen points. The Beavers lost by thirteen.

--Yours truly

Another batch of games coming your way this weekend...

GO BEAVERS!

--JB--