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Basketball: Pac-12 unbeaten on opening night

 Six Pac-12 basketball teams opened their seasons Friday night and all of them came away with victories:

 – Stanford 74, USF 62: Junior Dwight Powell scored a career-high 27 points as the Cardinal toppled the Dons in front of a sparse crowd at Oracle Arena. Josh Heustis added 11 points and nine rebounds. 

– UCLA 86, Indiana State 59: Jordan Adams stole the spotlight from his more-hyped fellow freshmen, scoring 21 points in front of 13,513 fans in the Bruins’ return to renovated Pauley Pavilion. Freshman Kyle Anderson had 10 points and 10 rebounds while Shabazz Muhammad, regarded as perhaps the nation’s top freshman, was declared ineligible by the NCAA for accepting extra benefits. It’s not known how long Muhammad will be suspended, and UCLA intends to appeal the decision. 

– USC 87, Coppin State 73: Byron Wesley and J.T.Terrell scored 17 points each and 7-foot-2 Omar Oraby, an Egyptian-born transfer from Rice, added 16 for the Trojans in the opening round of the Maui Classic.

– Oregon State 102, Niagara 83: Roberto Nelson led six players in double figures and the Beavers beat the Purple Aces in front of 3,206 fans at Gill Coliseum. Eric Moreland added 14 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for OSU.

– Colorado 74, Wofford 59: Josh Scott scored 14 points and Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie each had 13 and the Buffaloes won in front of 10,611 in Boulder.

– Utah 104, Willamette 47: Jordan Loveridge had 18 points and 10 rebounds and the Buffaloes never looked back after racing to a 52-22 halftime lead.

Jeff Faraudo

  • SteveNTexas

    Shabbaz has been ruled ineligible – as he took expense money from two schools- The NCAA hasnt named those two schools but shouldn’t they be punished?