Photo credit: McClatchy Newspapers – Kevin Sullivan
Ty Abbott (above, right) scored a game-high 28 points to lead Arizona State to a 73-69 victory over cross-state rival Arizona on Sunday that moved the Sun Devils within a half-game of Pac-10 leader California with two weeks remaining in the season.
They meet Saturday at Cal’s Haas Pavilion in a game that could decide the regular-season Pac-10 champion. Considering the unpredictable nature of this season, it wouldn’t be surprising if Cal or ASU was upset Thursday before their big game.
Washington (18-9, 8-7) are in in fourth place behind Cal (18-9, 10-5), ASU (19-8, 9-5) and USC (16-10, 8-6).
Washington State and Oregon are the only teams eliminated from the title race.
Abbott may have entered the discussion for the Pac-10 Player of the Year award. The leading candidates are believed to be Washington’s Quincy Pondexter, Cal’s Jerome Randle and Stanford’s Landry Fields.
Abbott is 15th in the Pac-10 in scoring with a 12.5 point per game average. He’s first in three-point percentage (.442) and third in three-pointers made (68). In conference games, Abbott ranks sixth in scoring (16.4), tied for first in three-pointers (47) and second in three-point percentage (.443).
He won the Player of the Week award once this season and may win again after Sunday’s performance. Still, Fields will likely be named the winner later today because he led the Cardinal to a pair of wins in Oregon, averaging 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. It was Stanford’s first road wins this season.
February 22, 2010 at 5:11 AM
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