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January 3, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Morning links: A few surprises in Pac-12 openers

Washington started the Pac-12 season with a bang, upsetting Arizona State 76-65 at Wells Fargo Arena last night.

Here’s a look at the game stats.

The Associated Press has this gamer and photo gallery.

And here’s the game stories in the Arizona Republic and News Tribune. The Republic’s Doug Haller also gives an analysis of last night’s game complete with a photo gallery.


— My goodness, No. 1 Arizona delivered a historic 60-25 beatdown against Washington State. It was the fewest points by an opponent at the McKale Center. Kaleb Tarczewski, who returned from an ankle injury, was the only player with double-digit scoring. He had 11 points for the Wildcats, which improved 14-0.

— Arizona coach Sean Miller quickly turned his focus to Washington and Saturday’s game against the Huskies. He told the Daily Star: “What they just did speaks for itself. Sometimes a dangerous team is that team that’s cornered, who has a chip on its shoulder, who has something to prove and I would imagine based on Washington’s nonconference season — they played some tough teams at home — they came into this conference season ready to prove something and they did that. So we have to be ready to go on Saturday.”

— The top-ranked Wildcats and last-place Cougars are headed in opposite directions.

— Washington State (7-6, 0-1) missed its first 16 field-goal attempts and didn’t make a basket until 6:42 was left in the first half. The Cougars were missing leading scorer DaVonte Lacy (appendicitis) and Dexter Kernich-Drew (concussion). WSU they tinkered with lineup and went big hoping to counter Arizona’s size. Junior Longrus led the team with six points. WSU was 9 of 45 (20 percent) from the field. If there’s any consolation, the Cougars had six assists on nine field goals.

Ken Bone began the season on the hot seat and not sure the WSU coach can survive this type of historic defeat. The Cougars scored their fewest points since 1938. To Bone’s credit, he took a measured approach during and after the game, perhaps understanding his team’s fragile psyche.

— Coach Dana Altman said No. 10 Oregon was “fortunate” to escape Utah with a 70-68 overtime win decided in the final seconds with Damyean Dotson’s steal and breakaway layup with 0.6 seconds left. Richard Amardi scored a team-high 14 points for the Ducks (13-0, 1-0).

— The two-point loss in overtime proves Utah is going to make some noise this season in the Pac-12 and possibly compete for a NCAA tournament berth. Jordan Loveridge missed a potential game-tying three-pointer with less than a second remaining. He had 21 points for the Utes (11-2, 0-1).

— After a 64-58 win over Oregon State, No. 10 Colorado improved to 12-2 and 1-0 Pac-12. The Buffaloes are off to their best since the 1979-80 season. Askia Booker, Josh Scott and Jaron Hopkins each scored 13 points for CU (12-2, 1-0).

— After using a 12-2 run to tie the game at 40-40 with 10:35 left, Oregon State gave up a 9-0 run and never recovered. Roberto Nelson scored a game-high 23 points for the Beavers (8-5, 0-1). Eric Moreland finished with 10 rebounds, two points and four turnovers off the bench in his season debut following a 12-game suspension.

— Give Mike Montgomery credit, the guy can coach. He took an injury-depleted team without starters Ricky Kreklow and Jabari Bird and beat cross-town rival Stanford 69-62 at Maples Pavilion.



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