Basketball: Cougars’ win gives Cal sole lead

The Golden Bears were no doubt thrilled to see Washington State play so well on Thursday. Probably would prefer the Cougs take it down a notch on Saturday:

   — Washington State 81, Stanford 69: The Cougars (10-8, 2-4) played on their home floor at Pullman for the first time since Dec. 18, and they made the most of it, knocking the Cardinal (15-4, 5-2) out of a share of first place with Cal. Guard Faisal Aden scored a career-high 33 points, including 13 for 13 from the FT line to lead the Cougars, who played two “home” games in Spokane to open the Pac-12. Stanford, which prides itself on playing strong defense, allowed 54 second-half points.

   — Oregon State 87, UCLA 84: The Beavers (12-7, 2-5) got 21 points from San Leandro HS product Jared Cunningham and 20 from Devon Collier and snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Bruins (10-8, 3-3). Twins Travis and David Wear each had 16 points for UCLA, which had a three-game win streak halted.

   — Oregon 65, USC 62: Garrett Sim scored 20 points and the Ducks (14-5, 5-2) are off to their best start since going 18-1 in 2006-07. USC (5-14, 0-6) hasn’t started so poorly in conference play since 1989, when it dropped its first 12 league games. Maurice Jones scored 22 for the Trojans.

   — Colorado 69, Arizona State 54: The Buffaloes (12-6, 4-2) held the Sun Devils (6-12, 2-4) to 15 points in the first half and improved to 10-1 at home. Andre Roberson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Colorado.

   — Arizona 77, Utah 51: Kyle Fogg and Kevin Parrom each scored 12 points and the Wildcats (13-6, 4-2) overcame the second-half ejection of Solomon Hill, who threw an elbow to the head of Utah’s Cedric Martin. UA’s bench outscored its Utah counterpart 33-3.

Jeff Faraudo