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Arizona State 73, Oregon 53: The Pac-10 season continued Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Arizona. The Ducks, fresh off getting swept by the Bay Area schools last weekend in Eugene, needed a win to keep their slim NIT hopes alive. Arizona State on the other hand, came into this weekend knowing that whatever happens they would be a 10 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament next week in Los Angeles.
But instead of the Ducks coming out like they had something to play for, it was ASU. The Devils jumped out to an early 23-12 advantage and lead by as many as 15 in the first half. Arizona State took a 38-26 lead into the locker rooms.
The second half was more of the same, as Arizona State came out firing, and making their shots, while Oregon did not. The Sun Devils took a 20 point lead at the 1:15 mark, their biggest of the night, and ended up winning by twenty, 73-53.
Ty Abbott and Rihards Kuksiks led the Sun Devils with 22 points each, while Jay-R Strowbridge led the Ducks with 17 points off the bench.
#18 Arizona 70, Oregon State 59: "Despite Oregon St. preventing him from getting up a second half shot, Derrick Williams still had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Arizona, due to getting to the line 10 total times. Lamont "Momo" Jones added 17 points for the 'Cats, and Kyle Fogg was a major factor as well. Despite scoring only 9 points, all of those came on critical three pointers, and Fogg also served up 6 assists." (Recap via Building the Dam)
Washington 70, UCLA 63: Knowing it would take a victory to keep them in the Pac-10 Championship race, the Bruins came into Seattle needing a win.
The first half went back and forth, impressing a national audience on ESPN2. Thanks to a Malcolm Lee layup in the final minute of the first half, the Bruins took a 25-24 lead into Halftime. The second half began like the first, but trailing by four at 53-49, Washington went on a 16-2 run beginning with six minutes remaining in the game. The run put Washington ahead at 65-55 with just over a minute reamaining, and the Huskies made their free throws down the stretch to secure the seven point victory.
C.J. Wilcox led the Huskies with 24 points, while Jerime Anderson led the Bruins with 16 points off the bench.
More game recaps (I promise) and updated Pac-10 standings after the break
Washington State 85, USC 77: "The Cougs didn't let the loss of Moore phase them at first, jumping out to as much as a 17 point lead. Then the second half started, and the Cougs were forced to play hang-on basketball for the second straight game. Still, they did, and came away with a big win and a record above .500 in conference." (Recap via CougCenter)
Updated Pac-10 Standings
1. Arizona, 24-6 (13-4)
2. UCLA, 21-9 (12-5)
3. Washington, 20-9 (11-6)
4. Washington State, 19-10 (9-8)
5. USC, 17-13 (9-8)
6. California, 16-13 (9-8)
7. Stanford, 15-14 (7-10)
8. Oregon, 14-15 (7-10)
9. Oregon State, 10-18 (5-12)
10. Arizona State, 11-18 (3-14)
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