Nine days after Oakland’s Jabari Brown left the program, Oregon lost another freshman guard when Bruce Barron defected.
Coach Dana Altman was in no mood to discuss the situation at length: “We’ll move forward with the 13 players we have on the team. I’m not going to talk anymore about guys not on the team. We’ll just move on from here.”
Update: Word from Eugene is the two guys are buddies and may be looking to sign elsewhere as a “package deal.”
Elsewhere, the Pac-10 won two of three and is 8-1 for the week . . .
– USC 56, UC Riverside 35: The Trojans (4-4) got 11 points from Greg Allen and beat a UCR team with a win over Washington State. USC held the Highlanders to 11 second-half points.
– Washington State 69, Grambling State 37: Faisal Aden scored 12 points and Brock Motum had 11 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Cougars (3-4) past the Tigers (0-6) in Pullman, Wash.
– Colorado State 65, Colorado 64: Spencer Dinwiddie scored 16 points, but the Buffaloes (4-3) shot 37 percent in a loss at Fort Collins, Colo.
And in news related to upcoming Cal opponents . . .
– Creighton 85, San Diego State 83: The Aztecs (7-2), who host Cal on Sunday, lost at home to the Bluejays (6-0), despite 21 points from point guard Xavier Thames, a sophomore transfer from Washington State.
— UNLV 94, UC Santa Barbara 88: The No. 18 Runnin’ Rebels (8-0) needed two overtimes and 34 points from Mike Moser to beat the Gauchos (4-2) in Santa Barbara. Cal visits Vegas on Dec. 23. UCSB, which plays at Cal on Dec. 19, got 36 points from Orlando Johnson.