Washington blew a chance to grab its first big win of the season. Instead the Huskies return home after a 70-63 defeat at San Diego State with more questions about a leaky defense and an offense that’s overly dependent on its guards.
Washington’s loss drops the Pac-12′s record to 3-5 against ranked teams.
The Huskies (4-4) return to the court 1 p.m. Saturday against Idaho State at Alaska Airlines Arena.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Not sure how much longer UCLA coach Steve Alford can keep guard Zach LaVine on the bench. It’s a tricky situation because there’s no spot in the lineup for the talented freshman, who continues to draw raves from the national college basketball pundits. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman added the former Bothell High star to his weekly top 10 freshman list.
— Thanks to Mike Moser, who had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Johnathan Loyd, who added 23 points and 15 assists, No. 13 Oregon survived a 39-point barrage from Ole Miss star Marshall Henderson in a 115-105 overtime win at Tad Smith Coliseum. Oregon (8-0) coughed up a six-point lead in the last 40 seconds, which included a three-pointer with 0.8 seconds to force overtime. In the extra period, the Ducks outscored the Rebels 26-16. Still the story of the game was Henderson, who continues to come off the bench despite being the best player on the team.
— USC overpowered Boston College in the second half for a 78-62 win at Galen Center. The Trojans had five players score at least 12 points, including freshman guard Julian Jacobs who had a team-high 16 and freshman forward Nikola Jovanovic who had 15. Boston College is a prolific three-point shooting team, but USC (6-3) held the Golden Eagles to 9-of-35 shooting (25.7 percent) behind the arc.
— Oregon State’s game against Arkansas Pine-Bluff was suspended indefinitely because the Golden Lions were stuck in Dallas due to inclement weather.