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February 25, 2011 at 8:17 AM

WSU’s Faisal Aden to play Sunday, Arizona loses last night

During a teleconference Thursday, Washington State coach Ken Bone said junior guard Fasial Aden, who missed the previous game due to a sore knee, has practiced this week.
Bone expects he’ll be available Sunday when the Cougars play 7 p.m. at Washington.
Aden, a 6-4 transfer, is an important part of WSU’s team. He’s second on the squad in scoring at 12.9 points per game. In the first meeting with Washington – an 87-80 WSU win – he scored 15 points on 6-for-17 shooting. Aden also sank three three-pointers and dished out four assists.

— Arizona’s eight-game winning streak came crashing to a halt in Los Angeles when USC’s coach Kevin O’Neill, the Wilcats former coach, led the Trojans to a 65-57 win at Galent Center. O’Neill added a little spice to the game early this week when he said UA star Derrick Williams is the “the most protected dude I’ve seen since Michael Jordan.” Maybe the officials read the comments. Who knows? After not committing a foul last Saturday against Washington, Williams finished with four versus USC.
Good game for USC’s Nikola Vucevic who finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
— Arizona believes the upset loss at this point of the season may be a good thing. Better to get the clunker game out of the way now rather than in the postseason.
— The Huskies are still alive in the Pac-10 regular-season championship race. They are two games behind the Wildcats with three remaining for both teams.
Bad start, good finish for UCLA which knocked off Arizona State 71-53 last night.
— The Sun Devils couldn’t build on the momentum of last Saturday’s big win over Washington State, which snapped an 11-game conference losing streak. In fact, the 18-point defeat last night proves ASU has a long ways to go.
— Trailing by 11 points at the break, California coach Mike Montgomery pushed all the right buttons at halftime and the Golden Bears outscored Oregon by 21 points in the second half and came away with an 81-71 victory.
— The Ducks led by as many as 16 points in the first half, but they didn’t have an answer for Cal’s 2-3 zone in the second half.
— Oregon State snapped a four-game losing streak with an 87-80 win over Stanford.
— Difficult loss for Stanford, which desperately wants to climb to sixth in the Pac-10 standings. The Cardinal is eighth. The bottom four teams in the conference play an additional game in the conference tournament. WSU and Oregon are tied for sixth. Stanford trails by 1 1/2 games.
Doug Haller at the Arizona Republic comprised an interesting list of the players who made five or more three-pointers in a game this season. There’s 17 players total and four are from Washington. The Huskies: Isaiah Thomas, Justin Holiday, Scott Suggs and C.J. Wilcox.

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