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#13 Arizona 79, Washington State 70: "So while I want to be frustrated by things like Arizona making its first 21 free throws or Casto missing a dunk, I just can't be. The Cougs scored about 1.0 points per possession against a defense that allows about 1.0 points per possession.
This team is average. Average teams alternate wins and losses for a month, and average teams don't usually go into the arena of the No. 12 team in the country and emerge with a victory." (Recap via CougCenter)
Washington 79, Arizona State 62: Pac-10 play continued Thursday night in Tempe, where the 10th place Sun Devils met the 3rd place Huskies. Arizona State came out red hot, taking a 15-7 lead early on in the 1st Half. But the Huskies settled down, gained the lead at 20-19, and cruised for the rest of the half to take a 43-33 advantage into the locker rooms.
The second half begin as the first half ended, with the Dawgs firing on all cylinders. Arizona State was able to cut their deficit to seven early on, but Washington used a 12-2 run to gain a 17 point lead and erase any thoughts of an upset. Washington built their lead to as many as 21 late in the game, and got out of Tmpe with a 17 point victory.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning led the Huskies with 22 points, while Ty Abott led the Sun Devils with 15.
UCLA 69, Stanford 65: "Jeremy Green scored 21 of his game-high 27 points in the second half and the Cardinal whittled a 16-point deficit to 4 with a little more than a minute to play, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 69-65 loss to UCLA at Maples Pavilion." (Recap via Rule of Tree)
More game recaps and updated Pac-10 standings after the break
USC 78, California 75: "Although it was surprising how ragged we looked at times, the final result isn't overly surprising. With Crabbe unavailable, having Kamp and MSF handcuffed by foul trouble for most of the game while Jorge struggled with his shooting is a recipe for disaster. Throw in some uneven play from our young players, particularly on defense, and now it's a formula for an epic disaster. The fact that the guys kept battling back to make it a contest is really a testament to this team's collective will.
You know the nice thing about young players? They don't stay young forever. Time to learn from this one and move on. We have some unfinished business with the Bruins." (Recap via California Golden Blogs)
Updated Pac-10 Standings
1. Arizona, 22-4 (11-2)
2. UCLA, 19-7 (10-3)
3. Washington, 18-7 (10-4)
4. Washington State, 17-9 (7-7)
5. Oregon, 13-12 (6-7)
6. USC, 14-12 (6-7)
7. Stanford, 13-12 (6-8)
8. California, 13-13 (6-8)
9. Oregon State, 9-15 (4-9)
10. Arizona State, 9-16 (1-12)
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