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January 29, 2015 at 6:57 AM

Huskies hoops links: Washington’s late rally falls short against Stanford

Despite Mike Anderson's defensive pressure, Stanford's Stefan Nastic reaches to collect a pass during the Cardinal's 84-74 win. (Photo credit: Erika Schultz - Seattle Times

Despite Mike Anderson’s defensive pressure, Stanford’s Stefan Nastic reaches to collect a pass during the Cardinal’s 84-74 win. (Photo credit: Erika Schultz – Seattle Times)

In many ways, Washington’s 84-74 loss to Stanford felt like an exhibition game.

The Huskies were playing their 20th game of the season, but so much of what happened on the basketball court Wednesday night at Alaska Airlines Arena was new for them.

It was a new starting lineup that featured freshman forward Donaven Dorsey who replaced dismissed sophomore center Robert Upshaw. It was a return to UW’s man-to-man defense after the Huskies relied solely on a 2-3 zone in the previous four games.

And it was new combinations on the floor, including the unveiling of a five-guard formation at the end of the game.

Admittedly, the Huskies hadn’t been able to work out the kinks since discovering Monday afternoon that Upshaw was kicked off the team. They were hoping to make a few tweaks and not drastically overhaul the entire operation.

Here’s a photo gallery from Times photographer Erika Schultz.

And here’s the game stories in the Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle, Mercury News and Everett Herald.

THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:

— Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak has an unusual pregame ritual.

— The Utes are 1-0 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and looking for its first win at the historic arena.

Washington State started California’s six-game losing streak and will hope it continues when the Golden Bears visit Beasley Coliseum.

— Colorado’s Wesley Gordon is making the most out of his opportunities.

— Playing with a tenacity Oregon had no chance of matching, No. 6 Arizona put on an offensive show and was equally effective on the defensive end in a 90-56 rout over the Ducks at McKale Center. The Wildcats (19-2, 7-1 Pac-12) had their way with Oregon inside and out, building a 15-point lead in the first half and crushing the Ducks’ hopes with a big run midway through the second to win their 33rd straight home game. Gabe York provided the big lift during the second-half run and finished with 16 points. Brandon Ashley scored 13 and Stanley Johnson added 12 while showing off his all-around game, finishing with six rebounds and five assists.

— The 34-point drubbing was the worse loss in the Dana Altman era at Oregon. The Ducks (14-7, 4-4) hit their first three shots of the second half to cut the lead to 10, but collapsed under Arizona’s pressure, hitting one field goal while being outscored 34-10 over the final 12:56. Elgin Cook had 16 points and Joseph Young 12.

Shaquielle McKissic scored 17 points and Arizona State made eight first-half 3-pointers in a 73-55 win over Oregon State at Wells Fargo Arena. Bo Barnes, who hit 3 of 7 from beyond the arc, added 11 points. Four Sun Devils had at least two 3-pointers, including Jonathan Gilling, who made 3 of 6. Arizona State (11-10, 3-5) used an 18-3 run early to take a 40-23 lead into the break and extended it to as many as 22 points in winning its third game in the last four. Oregon State never got closer than 15 in the second half.

Gary Payton II had 23 points to lead Oregon State (14-6, 5-3), which had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Beavers came into the game ninth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 56.1 points a game. They had not allowed more than 72 points in a game this season.

THURSDAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:

Game Time TV
Colorado (10-9, 3-4) at USC (9-10, 1-6) 6:30 p.m. Fox Sports 1
No. 11 Utah (16-3, 6-1) at UCLA (11-9, 3-4) 7 p.m. ESPN2
California (11-9, 1-6) at Washington State (9-10, 3-4) 8 p.m. Pac-12 Networks

 

2014-15 PAC-12 STANDINGS

TEAM CONF GB OVR
No. 6 Arizona 7-1 19-2
No. 11 Utah 6-1 .5 16-3
Stanford 6-2 1 15-5
Oregon State 5-3 2 14-6
Oregon 4-4 3 14-7
UCLA 3-4 3.5 11-9
Colorado 3-4 3.5 10-9
Washington State 3-4 3.5 9-10
Washington 3-5 4 14-6
Arizona State 3-5 4 11-10
California 1-6 5.5 11-9
USC 1-6 5.5 9-10

 

 

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