Basketball: Huskies inch into Pac-12 lead

Washington took two in the desert and now has a one-half game lead over Cal and Oregon . . .

   — Washington 69, Arizona 67: Freshman Tony Wroten scored 17 points and blocked Josiah Turner’s layup at the buzzer, Terrence Ross added 16 and C.J. Wilcox 15 as the Huskies (14-7, 7-2) held off a furious rally at Tucson to complete a road sweep and move into sole possession of first place. Solomon Hill had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Arizona (14-8, 5-4). The Wildcats visit Cal on Thursday, but they will come without wing Kevin Parrom, who broke his foot and is out for the season.

   — UCLA 77, Colorado 60: Senior guards Lazeric Jones and Jerime Anderson combined for 25 points and 17 assists and the Bruins (12-9, 5-4) completed a weekend home sweep. The Buffaloes (14-7, 6-3) fell to 1-3 in conference road games, despite 12 points and 10 rebounds by sophomore Andre Roberson, his league-leading 13th double-double of the season.

   — USC 62, Utah 45: Maurice Jones and Garrett Jackson each scored 16 points and the Trojans (6-16, 1-8), with just six healthy scholarship players, ended a nine-game losing streak and won for the first time in Pac-12 play.  The Utes (6-16, 2-7) shot just 37 percent and fell to 0-8 on the road this season.

   — Arizona State 71, Washington State 67: Carrick Felix scored 20 points and the Sun Devils (7-14, 3-6) snapped a three-game losing streak. Brock Motum scored a career-high 34 for the Cougars, now 0-5 in Pac-12 road games.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Uh Huh!

    Did I understand correctly that the AZ UW score was tied with 6 seconds left and Az’s Turner stupidly fouled UW for the loss? That, and Parrom’s season ending injury, could end up being the conference right there. Cal has tough sledding ahead without Solomon. Arizona, who I thought would win the conference after seeing them on Thursday vs. WSU, is now down with Parrom out and the home loss to UW. So, UW takes it in the end? Things getting interesting for the stretch run. Good!

    Further, there’s a race on for Pac12 POY, and I’ve been hoping that Cal could cruise to the conference title and that Gut would be able to keep pace of the leading scorers – boosting him to that title by season’s end. However, UW’s Wroten has appeared to take the lead in the standings and the pts per game, though I recognize that’s not saying he’s a more complete player.

    How would you currently rank the top 5 conference players, JF?