The number 7 came up a few times during Washington’s 78-71 loss at Oregon on Wednesday.
— It was seven-point loss for UW.
— It was the seventh straight road loss for the Huskies.
— And after a charter flight back to Seattle, Washington woke up Thursday morning still in a SEVENTH-place tie with Utah in the Pac-12 standings. The Utes lost to Arizona.
After the defeat the Huskies fell to 14-13, 6-8 Pac-12. With four regular-season games left, UW needs at least three victories to guarantee a winning season.
And here’s the video highlights from ESPN2 via the Pac-12 Networks.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— After falling in double overtime in its last outing, No. 4 Arizona was pushed to an extra period once again. Nick Johnson and Gabe York each scored 15 points while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 13 to help the Wildcats escape with a 67-63 OT victory against Utah at the Huntsmen Center. Arizona (24-2, 11-2) held the Utes to one field goal over the final 5 minutes and forced a critical turnover in the closing seconds. Aaron Gordon fouled out with 8:41 left in the second half. He finished with three points and five turnovers.
— Utah was outscored 11-7 in overtime. Delon Wright made a pair of free throws to cut it to 62-60, but threw the ball away with 33.9 seconds left. Arizona made four throws to secure the victory. Brendan Taylor had 13 points and Wright and Dallin Bachynski each scored 12 for the Utes (17-9, 6-8), who lost at home for the second time this season.
— There’s not a hotter team in the Pac-12 than No. 23 UCLA, which steamrolled California 86-66 in an impressive victory at Haas Pavilion that keeps the Bruins in the mix for a conference championship. Jordan Adams scored 28 points and Kyle Anderson had had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for UCLA (21-5, 10-3), which won its fourth straight game and seventh in eight. The Bruins are a game behind first-place Arizona with four games left. Forward Travis Wear said: “That’s where our eyes are and that’s where our goal is, to get this league championship. We’re going to try to win every game from here on out and see what happens in the end.”
— A slow start and inconsistent offense hurt Cal (17-9, 8-5) again. The cold-shooting Golden Bears Bears were 3 for 12 just 8:49 into the game and forced to play catch-up the rest of the way. They missed five of their first nine shots and committed three turnovers in the first 5 minutes. Jordan Matthews scored 16 off the bench.
— Colorado thumped Arizona State 61-52 behind Askia Booker’s 18 points, Josh Scotts’s double-double (13 points and 13 rebounds) and a dominant defense led by Scott and Xavier Johnson that produced a 21-rebound advantage while thwarting ASU’s top scorers. Colorado (20-7, 9-5 Pac-12) improved to 6-5 since losing star guard Spencer Dinwiddie to a torn ACL in a game at Washington on Jan. 12, and the Buffs’ second straight 20-win season improved their NCAA tournament profile.
— Arizona State (19-7, 8-5) was coming off its biggest home win in school history, a 69-66 double-overtime thriller against then-No. 2 Arizona on Friday night, but the Sun Devils were thwarted in just about every way by the Buffaloes. The Buffs’ domination was most evident on the glass, where they held a 48-27 rebounding advantage. Jahii Carson finished with 18 points on 5-for-15 shooting. He also had seven rebounds and five turnovers.
— Oregon State needs a win Thursday to preserve its postseason aspirations.
— Washington State replaced ineffective junior point guard Royce Wooldridge with freshman Ike Iroegbu, Still, the Cougars need Wooldridge to snap out of his funk. Coach Ken Bone told the Spokesman-Review: He’s the best we’ve got at playing the point. He’s the best ball handler on the team, he’s the quickest on the team, he’s the best point guard defender on the team so therefore we feel we need to go with him.”
TODAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
Washington State (9-16, 2-11) at Oregon State (13-11, 5-7), 6 p.m. PT …………. Pac-12 Networks
USC (10-15, 1-11) at Stanford (16-8, 7-5), 8 p.m. …………………………………… Pac-12 Networks
Picks: OSU and Stanford
Pac-12 tally: 56-22 (.718)
Season tally: 155-45 (.775)