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November 15, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Huskies links: Pac-12 goes 10-1 in openers


Washington guard Darin Johnson, right,  sails to the basket over South Carolina State's Jalen White, committing an offensive foul on the play. (Photo credit: Mark Harrison - Seattle Times)

Washington guard Darin Johnson, right, sails to the basket over South Carolina State’s Jalen White, committing an offensive foul on the play. (Photo credit: Mark Harrison – Seattle Times)

Nearly a perfect start to the 2014-15 season for the Pac-12, which went 10-1 in Friday’s openers.

Here’s a few observations.


Washington 77, South Carolina State 59 – The Huskies controlled things inside, but struggled outside during a comfortable win in front of just 2,898 at Alaska Airlines Arena. Shawn Kemp Jr. had 17 points and six rebounds, while Robert Upshaw finished with 14 points, six rebounds and a school-record-tying seven blocks in his UW debut. Nigel Williams-Goss tallied 10 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to fall short of the first tripledouble in school history. Meanwhile, Andrew Andrews had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

No. 2 Arizona 78, Mount St. Mary’s 55 — In his return from last season’s knee injury, Brandon Ashley scored a career-high 21 points and the Wildcats shook off a shaky start to sail to a 23-point win. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson provided a big lift off the bench with his high energy, harassing defense and array of soaring dunks. He had 15 points. Kaleb Tarczewski had a double double (10 points and 10 rebounds) while touted freshman Stanley Johnson finished with eight points and six rebounds in his collegiate debut.

No. 25 Utah 90, Ball State 72 – The Utes (1-0) blew open a tight game in the final five minutes with dominant play around the basket and on the perimeter. Utah had a 35-22 advantage on the boards over the Cardinals (0-1) and enjoyed a 42-14 edge in points in the paint.Utah also had 11 steals and scored 24 points off those turnovers. It resulted in a crisp offensive performance for the Utes, who shot 59.2 percent (29 of 49) from the field. Brandon Taylor scored 19 points while Jordan Loveridge and Jakob Poeltl added 18 apiece.

Colorado 65, Drexel 48 – The Buffaloes dew 10,058 who watched Josh Scott match a career high with 21 points and grab 11 rebounds in a 17-point win that began with a few surprises. Askia Booker, Xavier Johnson and Wesley Gordon began on the bench in an unexpected move by coach Tad Boyle. The trio started nearly every game last season. It also marked the first time Booker hasn’t started a game since the 2011-12 season. Booker, who didn’t start due to illness, finished with seven points on 2-for-12 shooting. Gordon (nine points) and Johnson (eight points) missed the start due to disciplinary reasons.

UCLA 113, Montana State 78 – Wonderful start for the Bruins who topped 100 points for the first time since 1993. Norman Powell, the only returner, had 25 points to lead six players who scored in double figures. Freshman Kevon Looney added 20 points, Bryce Alford had 18, Isaac Hamilton 15 in his first college game after sitting out last season, freshman Thomas Welsh 14 and Tony Parker 11.

Oregon 107, Coppin State 65 – Counting exhibitions, the Ducks (1-0) have scored at least 100 points in three games this season. Joseph Young is a good bet to win the Pac-12 scoring title. He had scored 32 points to go along with eight assists. The Ducks rode 33-1 run to close out the first half and led 60-27 at the break. Elgin Cook added 15 points. Meanwhile, four freshmen combined for 45 points: Dillon Brooks had 14, Casey Benson 13, Ahmaad Rorie 10 and Jordan Bell eight points to go with his 12 rebounds.

Stanford 74, Wofford 59Stefan Nastic had a career-high 26 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead the Cardinal (1-0) to a comfortable win. Anthony Brown added 16 for the Cardinal,, freshman forward Reid Travis scored 14 and senior guard Chasson Randle 12. Stanford opened the second half by outscoring Wofford 18-7 and opening a 20-point advantage.

California 91, Alcorn State 57 – A crowd of 7,212 turned out at Haas Pavilion for coach Cuonzo Martin’s debut at Cal. The Golden Bears started with a 15-0 run and the game was never really in doubt. Tyrone Wallace finished with a career-high 22 points and Jordan Matthews 18. Meanwhile, David Kravish had 13 points and eight rebounds and Jabari Bird 12 points and nine assist

 Arizona State 86, Chicago State 50 – Junior-college transfers led the way for the Sun Devils’ in front of 5,295 at Wells Fargo Arena. Shaquielle McKissic led the way with a career-high 20 points followed by Gerry Blakes, Roosevelt Scott and Willie Atwood who each scored 11. ASU led by as many as 15 in the first half and outscored Chicago State 46-22 in the second half.

Oregon State 67, Rice 54 – New coach Wayne Tinkle won his first game with the Beavers thanks to an unexpected career-high 17 point performances from Jarmal Reid and Malcolm Duvivier in front of 4,759 at Gill Coliseum.

UTEP 65, Washington State 52 – New coach Ernie Kent lost his first game with the Cougars who shot 35.2 percent from the field. DaVonte Lacy was 3 of 12 and led WSU with 15 points and seven rebounds. Que Johnson scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Ike Iroegbu added 10 points. After cutting a double-figure deficit to six, 32-26, at halftime, the Cougars spent most of the second half trying to stay with UTEP. Ultimately, they were outscored 33-36.


Portland State at USC, 7:30 p.m. PT ………… Pac-12 Networks

Pick: USC
Season record: 10-1

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