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Basketball: Huskies stave off OSU upset bid

By Jeff Faraudo
Thursday, March 11th, 2010 at 10:52 pm in Basketball, Gameday.

AROUND THE PAC-10

At the Pac-10 tournament from the Staples Center . . .

– UCLA 75, Arizona 69: The Bruins (14-17) extended their season and set up a semifinal duel with Cal by beating the Wildcats (16-14) for the first time in three tries this season. Freshman Reeves Nelson, back after missing four games with a partially torn retina, had 19 points and 10 rebounds for UCLA, while Nikola Dragovic and Michael Roll each had 18 points. Nise Wise scored 16 for the Wildcats, whose 25-year streak of NCAA Tournament appearances comes to an end.

– Cal 90, Oregon 74: The Bears (22-9) win their eighth in nine games and complete a three-game season sweep of the Ducks (16-16). Jerome Randle had 22 points — all in the first half — and Patrick Christopher scored 21 for Cal, which made nine of its first 1o shots from 3-point range. Tajuan Porter scored 26 for Oregon and became the Pac-10 recordholder for career 3-pointers with 345.

– Stanford 70, Arizona State 61: The seventh-seeded Cardinal (14-17) pulled off their biggest Pac-10 tournament upset, knocking out the No. 2 seed Sun Devils (22-10), whose NCAA hopes took a big hit. Jeremy Green scored 18 and Landry Fields had 17 for the Cardinal, which survived missing 14 free throws. ASU shot just 39 percent and had 17 turnovers. Center Eric Boateng had 13 points and 15 rebounds for ASU, and finished the season an amazing 18-for-18 from the floor in three games against Stanford.

– Washington 59, Oregon State 52: The Huskies (22-9) made sure Friday’s semifinals didn’t feature three teams with losing records, rallying from a double-digit first-half hole to oust the Beavers (14-17). Isaiah Thomas scored 15 points for the Huskies, who prevailed despite a quiet game from Quincy Pondexter, who scored just nine points. Freshman Jared Cunningham (San Leandro HS) scored 15 for OSU.

FRIDAY’S SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE

Both games will be shown locally on CSNBA

– No. 1 Cal vs. No. 5 UCLA, 6:18 p.m.: The Bears and Bruins split two regular-season games, each winning on the other’s home floor. Cal’s 72-58 win at Pauley Pavilion last month sparked the Bears’ current run of eight victories in nine games. UCLA holds a 3-2 edge over Cal in Pac-10 tournament matchups.

– No. 3 Washington vs. No. 7 Stanford, 8:40 p.m.: Stanford is 3-1 all-time in the Pac-10 tournament against UW, but lost both meetings this season, by margins of 33 and 17 points. The Huskies swept three games from the Cardinal a year ago, including a quarterfinal victory in the Pac-10 tournament.

LOCAL HEROES

Wendell McKines (Richmond HS) had 15 points and 14 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the sesaon, helping New Mexico State to a 90-69 rout of San Jose State in the quarterfinals of the WAC tournament . . . Dominic Calegari (Berkeley-St. Mary’s HS) had 13 points, six rebounds and four assists and UC Davis advanced to the semifinals of the Big West tournament with a 68-65 win over Cal State Fullerton.

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