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Basketball: New Year’s Eve in the Pac-12

By Jeff Faraudo
Saturday, December 31st, 2011 at 7:35 pm in Basketball, Pac-12 news.

A full slate of games to bid farewell to 2011 . . .

   — Washington 76, Oregon 60: C.J. Wilcox came off the bench to score 25 points, including 6 for 8 from 3-point range, and the Huskies (8-5, 2-0 Pac-12) made 12 3-point shots to open the conference schedule with two home wins. Freshman Tony Wroten added 17 points. E.J. Singler scored 20 points for the Ducks (10-4, 1-1).

   — Stanford 51, USC 43: The Cardinal (12-2, 2-0) completes the weekend home sweep in a defensive battle with the Trojans (5-10, 0-2). Aaron Bright had 16 points and Josh Owens 12 for Stanford. Maurice Jones, who scored 17 points two nights earlier at Cal and brought the Trojans back from a 16-point hole, shot 1 for 12 and scored five points.

   – Washington State 81, Oregon State 76: Not a good weekend in Washington for the Beavers (10-4, 0-2), whose non-conference record is now a footnote.   Brock Motum scored 26 points for the Cougars (9-5, 1-1) and freshman G DaVonte Lacy scored 18, improving his average over the past 3 games to 17.3 ppg. San Leandro’s Jared Cunningham had 21 points and four steals for OSU, which hosts Cal on Thursday.

   – Arizona 68, Arizona State 51: The defending conference champion Wildcats (10-4, 1-0) led by as many as 24 points against their visiting in-state rivals. Jesse Perry had 16 points, Nick Johnson 14 and Solomon Hill 11 points/10 rebounds for Arizona. Ruslan Pateev scored a career-high 12 for ASU (4-9, 0-1), off to its worst overalll start since 1986-87. ASU had more turnovers (19) than baskets (18).

    – Colorado 73, Utah 33: The Buffaloes (9-4, 1-0) left no doubt in their Pac-12 debut, demolishing the Utes (3-10, 0-1), who scored just 11 first-half points. Colorado got a career-high 19 points from freshman G Spencer Dinwiddie and 17 points and a season-high 17 rebounds from Andre Roberson, who assembled his ninth double-double of the season. Josh Watkins, Utah’s top scorer this season, shot 1 for 12 and scored four points.

Elsewhere . . .

   — Former Richmond HS star Wendell McKines had 22 points and 14 rebounds, leading New Mexico State to an 81-65 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. It was the eighth double-double of the season, fourth in a row for McKines, who is averaging 22.5 points and 15.5 rebounds over those four games.

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  • Uh Huh!

    Utah just stinks this year.
    But, you know, I remember when Andre Miller was there, they were in a National Championship game, weren’t they?
    Yep. 1998.

    Talk about falling hard. Man.

  • milo

    Man is Utah THAT bad? 33 points?