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Pac-10 Hoops Recap: January 6th

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Washington 87, Oregon 69: The Pac-10 season continued Thursday night at Bank of America Arena, with the Washington Huskies taking on the Oregon Ducks. Washington came into the game with an undefeated Pac-10 record, while the Ducks were still looking for their first conference win.

The Huskies started out the game draining everything they looked at, quickly taking a 7-0 advantage. With Hec Ed rocking, Oregon eventually settled down and got back into the game. The Ducks pulled within three at 28-25, but Washington closed out the half on a 11-7 run to lead 39-33 at Halftime.

The Ducks were not intimidated going into the final twenty minutes, and it showed in their style of play. At the 16:45 mark, Johnathan Loyd buried a three point jumper to give the Ducks a 47-46 lead. But Washington was just too talented to be held down for too long. When Terrence Ross slammed home a dunk that gave the Dawgs a 73-59 lead with 4:35 left, the crowd was sent into a frenzy, and the Ducks were sent to Pullman with another Pac-10 loss. 

Ross led the Huskies off the bench with 25 points, while Joevan Catron led the Ducks with 20.

Stanford 55, Arizona State 41: "The last time the Stanford men's basketball team traveled to Tempe, Sun Devils guard Ty Abbott erupted for 29 points, including six 3-points in the first 10 points, and Arizona State cruised to an easy victory. Stanford guard Jarrett Mann, who had an up-close view of Abbott's career night, was determined to not let the same thing happen again.

"My focus today was defensively to shut him down and that sparked my offense a bit," Mann said during a radio interview after Stanford defeated the Sun Devils 55-41 in a game that featured nearly as many turnovers (31) as field goals made (36)." (Recap via Rule of Tree)

Other game recaps, plus updated standings after the break

Washington State 84, Oregon State 70: "It certainly wasn't a work of art, but coming on the heels of a three-game losing streak, we'll take what we can get at this point.

An 84-70 victory over Oregon State certainly passes the initial eye test, as double-digit victories signify some level of superiority. But the game was closer than that through most of the second half, as the Beavers climbed out of a 19-point, first-half hole to trail WSU by just 4 with 7:33 to go in the game." (Recap via CougCenter)

Arizona 73, California 71: "On paper, this game had "ruh roh" written all over it. Shorthanded and coming off the surprising departure of star-in-his-own-mind frosh Gary Franklin, there were plenty of built-in excuses for the Bears to bring less than their best effort. Throw in the fact that 'Zona was ticked off and loaded for...well...Bear...coming off a "how did Lyle Lovett marry Julia Roberts" level upset at the hands of the mirror universe OSU Beavers, and this one just didn't look like it would end well." (Recap via California Golden Blogs)

Updated Pac-10 Standings

1. Washington, 11-3 (3-0)
2. Stanford, 9-4 (2-0)
3. Oregon State, 7-7 (2-1)
4. Arizona, 13-3 (2-1)
5. UCLA, 9-5 (1-1)
6. USC, 9-6 (1-1)
7. Washington State, 11-4 (1-2)
8. Arizona State, 8-6 (1-2)
9. California, 7-7 (0-2)
10. Oregon, 7-8 (0-3)

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