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Basketball: While the Raiders were losing . . .

Here’s what happened on the hoops front Sunday:

AROUND THE PAC-10

Stanford (1-1) won its home opener, beating Cal Poly 70-53. Landry Fields scored 22 points and Jack Trotter, a sophomore forward from Moraga, notched a career-high 10.

– The Sean Miller era got off on the right foot when Arizona beat Northern Arizona 86-70. Freshman forward Solomon Hill had 17 points and eight rebounds in his college debut . . . The news wasn’t all good for the Cats: freshman wing Kevin Parrom will be out 4-to-8 weeks with a stress fracture to his left foot.

– No. 14 Washington (3-0) trampled Portland State 111-55, as Quincy Pondexter shot 11-for-12 and scored 29 points, and Isaiah Thomas added 21 points. Pondexter is averaging 22 ppg and Thomas 24.7 ppg after three games.

Oregon State (1-2) lost for the second time in three days, falling 64-60 to Texas Tech in the Duel in the Desert tournament. The Beavers had 20 turnovers and are averaging 19 after three games. The President’s brother-in-law can’t be happy.

– Senior TaJuan Porter scored 23 points and Oregon (3-0) stayed unbeaten with a 68-55 win over Colorado State.

– As UCLA prepares to open its season Monday night against Cal State Fullerton, all eyes are on sophomore Jerime Anderson, who must fill Darren Collison’s considerable shoes at point guard.

THE NATIONAL SCENE

– Brandon Wood, a sophomore guard from Kokomo, Ind., will be able to tell his grandkids one day he scored 30 points against defending national champion North Carolina (3-0). Tar Heels coach Roy Williams was a little less excited about the 88-77 victory, coming four days before the start of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament at Madison Square Garden. “We have no chance in New York if we play this kind of basketball,” Williams griped . . . Texas (1-0) mugged UC Irvine 89-42 behind 21 points and 15 rebounds from Damion James . . .  Texas-San Antonio ended Iowa’s 46-year victory streak in home openers with a 62-50 win in Iowa City . . . Top freshman John Wall makes his debut Monday night when Kentucky faces Miami-Ohio.

LOCAL HERO

– Denver sophomore guard Brian Stafford a graduate of Las Lomas HS in Walnut Creek, scored 19 points in a 75-56 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He shot 5-for-6 from 3-point range and is 9-for-10 from beyond the arc after two games. Wow.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Scotch Giswimi

    Jeff-
    Excellent coverage of college basketball. You are the best resource on this topic in the Bay Area. Keep up the good work.