Thanks to Patrick Blair for the highlights (above) from Washington’s 69-47 win over USC.
The Huskies (16-7, 9-2) are one ahead of California and Colorado in the Pac-12 race. Washington has a five-game winning streak and finishes the season with five of seven games on the road, including Thursday’s contest at Oregon.
Let’s get your Sunday morning started with some hot links.
— Here’s a photo gallery from Dean Rutz and game stories from the Associated Press, Everett Herald, News Tribune and GoHuskies.com.
— And here’s post-game interviews with Darnell Gant, Tony Wroten Jr. and coach Lorenzo Romar.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— No one in the conference has figured out a way to beat Colorado at the Coors Event Center where they are 7-0. Oregon had the Buffaloes on the ropes, but blew it in the end. The Ducks fouled Nate Tomlinson with one second remaining. He made one free throw and Colorado escaped with a 72-71 win to remain a game behind Washington. Backup guard Askia Booker’s scored 17 points and and Spencer Dinwiddie had 16 for the Buffaloes (16-7, 8-3). Colorado is 31-3 at home under coach Tad Boyle, who received a two-year contract extension on Wednesday.
— Oregon (16-7, 7-4) lamented a few costly mistakes in the final seconds, including a missed free throw and a questionable call on E.J. Singler who fouled Tomlinson.
— California won 68-47 against Arizona State, but the Golden Bears may have lost high scoring sophomore Allen Crabbe (foot) and senior forward Harper Kamp (fingers) due to injuries. Crabbe sat out the final nine minutes. Both players were expected to undergo X-rays Saturday. Cal (18-6, 8-3) lost Richard Solomon, who is academically ineligible, for the rest of the season. Without Crabbe and/or Kamp, the Bears would be severely shorthanded.
— Arizona State was throttled for the second straight game, but there is a silver lining: star guard Trent Lockett is expected to return Thursday when the Sun Devils host Utah.
— Arizona is the only team in the conference to travel to the Bay Area and win both games. The Wildcats followed Thursday’s win at California and thumped Stanford 56-43 at Maples Pavilion. Neither team shot particularly well, but Arizona (16-8, 7-4) received balanced scoring from Kyle Fogg (14 points), Jesse Perry (11) and Nick Johnson and Solomon Hill each had 10.
— Stanford (16-7, 6-5) has lost four of their last five games since being in a tie for first place in the conference three weeks ago. The Cardinal was held to a season-low 25.4 percent from the floor. Stanford’s 43 points was its lowest point total at home in more than two decades and the fewest against Arizona in the past 83 games.
— UCLA extended its winning streak at Washington State to 18 straight games following a 63-60 victory. Bruins center Joshua Smith dominated inside again. The former Kentwood HIgh star followed a career-high 24-point night Thursday at Washington with 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting. Lazeric Jones and David Wear each had 15. UCLA (13-10, 6-5) beat a Division I team for the first time outside of Los Angeles. Travis Wear (ankle) sat out.
— Washington State wasted another big day from Brock Motum, who had 25 points and making a run at the Pac-12 scoring title. With seven games remaining, The Cougars (12-11, 4-7) have fallen out of the chase for the regular-season conference championship.
— Pac-12 scoring leader Jared Cunningham had 20 points and led Oregon State to a 76-58 win at Utah. Devon Collier added 14 points for the Beavers (15-8, 5-6 Pac-12), who won for the fourth time in their last five games.
— Cedric Martin scored 19 points for Utah, which lost its fourth straight game. The Utes (5-18, 2-9) committed a season-high 23 turnovers and squandered a fine performance from Jason Washburn who had 15 points, eight blocks and six rebounds.