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Pac-10 Hoops Recap: February 12th

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UCLA 69, Oregon State 61: "It wasn't a replay of a prior FSN broadcast of an Oregon St. game, but you had to watch closely to tell. Once again, the Beavers started cold out of the gate offensively, falling way behind. The gritty Beavers rallied behind their defense, but couldn't get over the hump, never getting closer than 4 points in this case. The extreme expenditure of energy led to another opponent's run in the second half, leaving Oregon St. down by double digits again, and unable to catch up despite battling to the final buzzer." (Recap via Building the Dam)

Washington State 75, California 71: "Fun fact: That is the first time in history a clutch three-pointer by a Cougar opponent actually rattled out of the rim in Beasley.

Winning makes everything feel better. Now we can enjoy the next five days before biting our nails during a road game against Arizona. WSU wins 75-71, paced by a career-high 19 points from Brock Motum." (Recap via CougCenter)

Washington 87, Stanford 76: "Stanford outplayed the Huskies in the second half, but could not recover from a poor first half, in which they were outscored by 17. Stanford has struggled to win in Seattle and has struggled everywhere with Washington’s physicality and aggressive defense. Tonight was no exception" (Recap via The Daily Axe)

More game recaps and updated Pac-10 standings after the break

Oregon 61, USC 51: The long day of Pac-10 Hoops ended on Saturday night at the Galen Center, where the Oregon Ducks met the USC Trojans in a matchup that could decide who got a first round bye in the Pac-10 tournament.

After trailing early at 2-0 and 4-2, the Ducks took a 7-4 lead with 16:25 left, a lead they would never relinquish throughout the night. The first half stayed at a two-four point range, but Oregon closed the half on a 6-2 run to take a 25-19 lead into the locker rooms.

The Ducks then used the momentum gained at the end of the first half to jump on the Trojans early in the second, leading by as many as 11 points. USC threatened a couple times, but Oregon put together a 13-3 run to advance their lead to 14, and even though there were still seven minutes remaining, the result was locked up.

Malcolm Armstead led Oregon with 14 points off the bench, while Nikola Vucevic led the Trojans with 22 points.

Updated Pac-10 Standings

1. Arizona, 20-4 (9-2)
2. UCLA, 18-7 (9-3)
3. Washington, 17-7 (9-4)
4. Washington State, 17-8 (7-6)
5. Stanford, 13-11 (6-7)
6. California, 13-12 (6-7)
7. Oregon, 13-12 (6-7)
8. USC, 13-12 (5-7)
9. Oregon State, 9-15 (4-9)
10. Arizona State, 9-14 (1-10)

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