It was bound to happen. The Pac-12 wasn’t going to win the remainder of its non-conference games. Not with so many high-caliber opponents on the schedule.
The conference carried a 23-game winning streak into Thursday’s game, but the league posted a 2-2 record for the night.
It was the first loss for the Pac-12 dating back to Washington’s defeat at then No. 24 San Diego State on Dec. 8.
The Pac-12 also fell to 4-6 against ranked teams.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— UCLA was no match for No. 8 Duke and Jabari Parker who finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead the Blue Devils to an 80-63 win at Madison Square Garden. UCLA’s Kyle Anderson is similar in stature to Parker and he’s also very versatile. The Bruin sophomore had 15 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and six turnovers. David Wear added 16 and Jordan Adams, who came in averaging 21 points, was held to 10.
— Aaron Gordon scored 21 points and Nick Johnson added 17 and Arizona opened its second week at No. 1 with a 69-43 rout of Southern. The Wildcats (12-0) played without Kaleb Tarczewski who was out due to a sprained ankle.
— Brandon Taylor scored 18 points while Jordan Loveride chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Utah to a 69-50 victory over Texas State. Delon Wright added 13 points for the Utes (10-1), who held the Bobcats to just 38.3 percent shooting (18-of-47) and forced a total of 15 turnovers. Texas State shot just 18.2 percent (2-of-11) from beyond the arc.
— Looks like Washington caught Long Beach State at the right time. Tyler Lamb, the former UCLA player, played his first game for the Beach and led LBSU to a 72-71 upset over USC. He scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half. Mike Caffey scored a game-high 22 points, including the winning layup with 16 seconds left. He had 28 points in UW’s 92-89 double overtime win on Nov. 30. Looks like USC coach Andy Enfield is working through personnel troubles. Leading scorer Byron Wesley didn’t start and J.T. Terrell, who is eligible after missing eight games, didn’t get in the game.