Happy New Year all!
AROUND THE PAC-10
– Oregon 91, WSU 89, 2 OT: What a start for the Ducks (9-4, 1-0), who got 33 points from TaJuan Porter (including two FTs with no time left in the first OT) and 22 points/12 rebounds/5 blocks from Michael Dunigan (19.5 ppg past 4 games) to win on the road. Malcolm Armstead made the winning basket with 3 seconds left in the second OT, and finished with 16 points and seven assists. WSU’s Klay Thompson went for 33 points, thanks to a 19-for-21 effort from the FT line, the last three of them with 1:02 left in regulation, forcing the first extra period. Teammate DeAngelo Casto had 15 points/12 rebounds.
– UCLA 72, ASU 70: Apparently Nikola Dragovic isn’t sulking over his pending assault case anymore. The junior from Belgrade, Serbia, made six 3-pointers and scored 23 points — equaling career-bests in both — and UCLA (6-7, 1-0) opened the Pac-10 by beating Arizona State (10-4, 0-1) at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins blew most of a 16-point lead, but held on when ASU’s Jerren Shipp had his shot blocked at the buzzer. Derek Glasser scored seven of his 12 points in the final 1:03, nearly rallying the Sun Devils to victory. All five starters scored in double figures for the Bruins, including Malcolm Lee, who had 16. UCLA shot 63 percent from the field.
– USC 56, Arizona 50: It was defense not new point guard Mike Gerrity that got the Trojans (9-4, 1-0) their fifth straight victory. Arizona (6-7, 0-1) shot just 30 percent — including 2-for-10 by senior guard Nic Wise, who had just seven points. Dwight Lewis and Marcus Johnson each scored 14 points for the Trojans. Gerrity, the midseason transfer from Charlotte who sparked four straight wins, shot just 1-for-5 and had five turnovers. Freshman Derrick Williams led UA with 15 points.
–WASHINGTON 76,OSU 70: The No. 16 Huskies (10-2, 1-0) survived the Beavers (6-6, 0-1) as Quincy Pondexter had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Isaiah Thomas chipped in 19 points. Roeland Schaftenaar had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Beavers and Calvin Haynes scored 15.
THE NATIONAL SCENE
No. 15 Ohio State ( 10-3, 0-1) got thumped 65-43 by No. 23 Wicsonsin (11-2, 1-0) in the Big Ten opener for both teams. It was the Badgers’ eighth straight home win over the Buckeyes, who shot 33 percent . . . No. 7 Duke (11-1) beat winless Penn 114-55, but the Blue Devils could have won with merely the scoring contributions of Nolan Smith (23 points), Kyle Singler (20) and Jon Scheyer (19) . . . Chris Wright scored 21 points and No. 13 Georgetown (10-1) topped St. John’s 66-59.