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Basketball: A 2-4 day for the Pac, but Stanford shows promise in Garden loss to Syracuse

The Pac-12 is now 2-7 the past two days. Ugh.

And one of those hardly counts — a Washington home win over Houston Baptist.

But ASU was a surprise and Stanford nearly kept its perfect record intact at NYC.

   — Syracuse 69, Stanford 61: The Cardinal (5-1) led by eight late then crumbled against the pressure by the No. 5 Orange in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. Guards Aaron Bright and Chasson Randle scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, but combined for nine of Stanford’s 24 turnovers.

   – Arizona State 84, Wake Forest 56: The Sun Devils (2-3) got 25 points from Keala King and 20 from Trent Lockett to beat the Demon Deacons (3-2) in a consolation game of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. ASU had scored just 44 points the night before, but had 40 by halftime.

   — Washington 88, Houston Baptist 65: C.J. Wilcox scored 19 points and the Huskies (4-1) forced 21 turnovers. Terrence Ross had 13 points and 13 rebounds and former Salesian HS star Desmond Simmons had 10 points and had six rebounds, both career highs. 

   – UNLV 66, USC 55: The Runnin’ Rebels (6-0) pulled away in the second half to beat the Trojans (2-4) at the Las Vegas Invitational. Freshman Byron Wesley and Aaron Fuller each scored 16 points for USC, which had 18 turnovers.

   – New Mexico 72, Washington State 62: Faisal Aden scored 25 points but the Cougars (2-3) fell behind early and could not keep up at the 76 Classic in Anaheim.

   – Massachusetts 90, Utah 75: Josh Watkins scored 16 points and the Utes (1-4) shot 60 percent from the field, but allowed UMass to make 15 shots from the 3-point arc in a consolation game at the Battle 4 Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    Come on Jeff. We took a beat down this week and on our cal blog we have to read “stanford shows promise”? Can we add “unfortunately” in there ???