AROUND THE PAC-10:
— Let’s start with our game story from Washington’s 79-56 victory over Arizona and a photo gallery that includes 12 pics.
— ASU coach Herb Sendek was somewhat evasive when asked why sharpshooter Rihard Kuksiks didn’t start. Kuksiks torched UW for a career-high tying 27 points in their first meeting.
— Next up for Washington is California, which moved atop the Pac-10 after a 72-58 win at UCLA. The Golden Bears are 14-0 when they shoot over 46 percent.
— Judging by the final score, it’s difficult to believe the Bruins had a 14-point lead against Cal.
— USC’s Nikola Vucevic scored a tip-in with 20.6 seconds in the Trojans’ 54-49 victory over Stanford.
— Washington State salvaged a split during its two home games this week to keep its slim conference championship hopes alive. The Cougars bounced back from Thursday’s loss and clamped down on Arizona for a 78-60 victory that snapped a three-game losing streak.
— Arizona’s Derrick Williams rebounded from an off night Thursday at UW, however, the reserves who played so good against the Huskies didn’t show up in Pullman. The Wildcats bench scored nine points.
— Oregon State drops Oregon 62-42 for the first Civil War hoops sweep in 17 years.
— With two minutes left, the OSU crowd began chanting, “Goodbye, Er-nie!”