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January 13, 2012 at 9:01 AM

UW has bye, remains near the Pac-12 lead

Very little changed in the Pac-12 standings for Washington, which had the night off.
The Huskies remain a 1/2 game out of first place.
However, just about everything else involving the conference race changed Thursday night. California and Stanford are now on top of the league. Colorado fell down a notch and Arizona moved into third place with UW.
Oregon is sixth and UCLA, which also had a bye, is seventh.
The rest of the teams are falling out of contention for the conference crown. Here’s a look at the Pac-12 standings.

— The game of the night featured Colorado and California. The Buffaloes were undefeated in the Pac-12 and the Golden Bears were undefeated at home. Cal’s streak continued following a 57-50 win. Harper Kamp scored 14, Justin Cobb added 12 and Jorge Gutierrez struggled through a miserable 2-for-17 shooting performance and finished with five points.
— After Colorado’s defeat, coach Tad Boyle told the Daily Camera: “Our defense was good enough to win tonight and we battled. I love the toughness of this team. I thought we showed some gumption and some pride. For that I’m proud.”
— Stanford’s 68-65 win over Utah was more difficult than many believed it would be. If the Cardinal (14-3, 4-1) had made a decent percent of its free throws (5 of 17) then maybe it would have had an easier time. Josh Huestis had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Stanford.
— Stanford was bad was the charity stripe, but Utah was worse. They Utes made just one of nine. That’s not a typo. They also ran their road losing streak to eight straight defeats and fell to 4-12, 1-3. Chris Hines scored a career-high 21 points.
— Tempers flared near the end of Arizona’s 81-73 overtime win over Oregon State. Three players were disqualified including Wildcats senior guard Kyle Fogg who scored a game-high 23 points. He got into a tussle with Jared Cunningham (22 points) in the extra period after scoring a layup that virtually sealed the game. Freshman guard Nick Johnson added 19 points for Arizona (12-5, 3-1).
— It’s going to be difficult for OSU coach Craig Robinson to keep his team from falling apart after it suffered yet another extra period defeat. That’s five overtimes in five days. And four defeats in five conference games. It’s a big mental hurdle to overcome the Beavers who fell to 11-6, 1-4.
— Oregon became the first team to win two road games in the Pac-12 road after a 67-58 victory at Arizona State. Devoe Joseph scored 15 points.
— The Sun Devils played their first three Pac-12 games on the road and had its conference opener Thursday. Trent Lockett, who is forced to play point guard after Keala King was kicked off the team, scored a season-high 23 points for Arizona State. He also had seven turnovers and the Sun Devils fell to 5-11, 1-3.
— Washington State coach Ken Bone spoke to KJR’s Dave Mahler yesterday. During the interview, he talked about UW freshman Tony Wroten Jr. and compared him to former UW great Brandon Roy.

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