After Washington’s 78-69 loss at Utah, the Huskies fell into a two-way seventh place in the Pac-12 standings with Oregon State.
Coach Lorenzo Romar believes a top-four finish in the conference practically guarantees a trip to the NCAA tournament. With eight games left, UW is a game behind four teams tied for third place. One of those teams is Colorado, which plays hosts to Washington on Sunday.
Before the Huskies can think about the Buffaloes, they need to figure what went wrong Thursday.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Coming off its first loss of the season, No. 2 Arizona labored offensively without Brandon Ashley, who is out for the season with a foot injury suffered last Saturday in a loss at California. During their 67-65 victory over Oregon, the Wildcats went 4 for 16 from 3-point range, missed 16 free throws and had a tough time even getting into their set plays. Nick Johnson scored a team-high 18 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds while starting in place of Ashley.
— Joseph Young and Jason Calliste had 14 points each and Damyean Dotson added 12 for Oregon in another close loss. The Ducks (15-7, 3-7) had a couple of key turnovers late and missed 3 of 4 free throws in the final 23 seconds.
— Jermaine Marshall scored 25 points, including seven in overtime, as Arizona State held off Oregon State 86-82. Jahii Carson added 23 points, six rebounds and six assists while Jordan Bachynski added 17 points, 15 rebounds. He also had seven blocked shots, which gave him 279 in his career, passing Arizona’s Anthony Cook for the Pac-12 career record. The Sun Devils (17-6, 6-4) had a chance to win at the end of regulation and took the lead for good halfway through overtime.
— Pac-12 scoring leader Roberto Nelson had 26 points, 24 after halftime, to lead Oregon State (13-9, 5-5) and scored with 19 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Nelson hit a 3-pointer with three seconds left to get Oregon State within 84-82. Marshall made two free throws with 1.1 seconds left for the final margin. The Beavers are 2-6 on the road.
— ASU’s student section goes silent at the start of the game and coach Herb Sendek doesn’t like it.