Roundup: Top Pac-12 teams secure big road victories
Great game in Salt Lake City Wednesday night as Arizona narrowly escaped the Huntsman Center with a 67-63 overtime triumph over Utah. One of the key postgame takeaways for Arizona was how well Gabe York played in a starting role, going 6-10 for 15 points, and Bruce Pascoe reports that York will remain a starter.
This is a tough one to swallow for the Utes, who erased a double-digit halftime deficit and even took the lead late in the game. But as Raphielle Johnson points out, foul shooting and turnovers cost Utah a chance at a marquee victory. Normally one of the strongest free-throw shooting teams out there, the Utes shot just 13-22 from the charity stripe.
While many ranked teams were struggling across the nation (Exhibit A: Syracuse), No. 23 UCLA looked dominant in an 86-66 victory over Cal in Berkeley. That performance had Rob Dauster calling UCLA the best team in the Pac-12 because of its defense. Steve Alford’s at it again, y’all.
Colorado scored a big win over Arizona State 61-52 Wednesday night and secured its fourth consecutive 20-win season in the process. The Buffs are now 6-4 without Spencer Dinwiddie. #RollTad
On the Forks’ side of things, it was a case of the Sun Devils going cold. Sendek’s kids shot just 32 percent from the floor, but Jonathan Gilling nearly got hot enough down the stretch the rescue them.
Oregon is now on a lil’ winning streak after edging Washington 78-71 at the Matt, and Andrew Greif pens a column on how the Ducks’ modest victory achieved milestones and kept postseason dreams alive. Still a ton of work to do for the Fighting Altmans, who are 5-8 in conference play.
‘Twas a pretty tight game in Eugene and while the Huskies came close, they faded down the stretch. ‘Tis the seventh straight road loss for the Dawgs.
Washington State travels to Oregon State for a 6 p.m. PT tip on the Pac-12 Networks, and Royce Woolridge is looking to recapture his success from last season.
Stanford has the nightcap of the Pac-12 Networks doubleheader Thursday with an 8 p.m. PT tilt against USC, and Anthony Brown is coming off a career-high 30-point game against Washington State (he also grew up a Trojan fan). In other Stanford hoops news, Aaron Bright is transferring to St. Mary’s and will be able to play immediately after graduating from Stanford later in 2014.
USC currently resides in the Pac-12 cellar at 1-11 in conference play, but Andy Enfield is optimistic about the future for the Trojans.
With Ben Wetzler suspended indefinitely, Oregon State baseball is leaning on a next-man-up mantra, according to Connor Letourneau.
Here’s video from Cal’s candlelight service for Ted Agu.