Gordon leads No. 2 Arizona past Oregon State 76-54
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Aaron Gordon had 17 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 16 and No. 2 Arizona found its shooting touch in a 76-54 win over Oregon State last night.
After two weeks of struggles on offense, Arizona (23-1, 10-1 Pac-12) finally found some answers in its second game without injured forward Brandon Ashley.
The Wildcats took control with a big run to end the first half and kept the Beavers from mounting a rally by shooting 50 percent.
T.J. McConnell had 11 points, six rebounds and six assists for Arizona, which has won 30 of its past 31 against Oregon State at McKale Center.
After rallying against Arizona State in its previous game, Oregon State (13-10, 5-6) had little chance against the athletic Wildcats, unable to spring Roberto Nelson or chip away at Arizona's 10-point halftime lead.
Nelson, the Pac-12's leading scorer, had 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Johnson's 27 leads Colorado past Washington 91-65
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Xavier Johnson scored a career-high 27 points, tops among three Colorado players with at least 20 points, as the Buffaloes routed Washington 91-65 last night.
Josh Scott tied his career best with 21 points and Askia Booker added 20, giving Colorado (18-6, 7-4 Pac-12) its first trio of 20-point scorers in the same game since Feb. 3, 2007.
The win was the third straight for Colorado and avenged a 71-54 loss at Washington on Jan. 12 in which the Buffaloes lost star point guard Spencer Dinwiddie to a season-ending knee injury.
C.J. Wilcox, the Pac 12's second leading scorer, was off target and finished with just eight points, on 2-of-10 shooting, including 0 for 7 from 3-point range.
It was the third consecutive loss for Washington (13-11, 5-6), which was led by Nigel Williams-Goss with 15 points.
OREGON-ARIZONA ST-FAN INCIDENT
Oregon coach claims student spit at him
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Oregon coach Dana Altman is concerned about safety at Arizona State's Wells Fargo Arena after two of his staffers claim an ASU student spit at them at halftime of Saturday's night's game.
Oregon assistant coach Brian Fish told The Oregonian the student spit at him and trainer Clay Jamieson and reported the incident to arena security, but did not want charges pressed.
The incident was addressed and the student had his season tickets revoked, according to an Arizona State official.
Altman said after the Ducks' 74-72 loss it was not a good situation having visiting teams go past the student section on their way off the court at Wells Fargo Arena.
Ducks guard Jason Calliste had a verbal confrontation with at least one student late in the first half.
No. 23 Cal pulls away, beats Washington St. 87-70
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Reshanda Gray scored 24 points and Brittany Boyd added 23 as No. 23 California pulled away for an 87-70 win over Washington State yesterday.
California (16-7, 8-4 Pac-12) trailed by as many as eight in the second half and was down 55-51 with 11½ minutes to play. The Golden Bears then went on a 24-2 run to mount a 75-57 lead and put the game out of reach as Washington State (12-12, 6-6) went nearly nine minutes down the stretch without scoring from the field.
Afure Jemerigbe added 18 points and Gennifer Brandon scored 13 for Cal, which held a 55-27 rebounding advantage. Brandon led the Golden Bears with season-high 20 rebounds while Gray had 10.
Tia Presley led Washington State with 20 points. The Cougars have now dropped six of seven games after beginning conference play 5-0.
Washington women knock off No. 3 Stanford 87-82
SEATTLE (AP) — Kelsey Plum scored 23 points, Mercedes Wetmore added 18 and Washington held off a late charge by No. 3 Stanford for an 87-82 upset victory yesterday.
It was the highest-ranked opponent the Huskies have beaten since winning against No. 2 Stanford in 1990.
The loss snapped a 62-game road conference winning streak for Stanford (22-2, 11-1 Pac-12), as well as a 14-game run against Washington (13-10, 6-6). The Cardinal's last loss in road or neutral conference games was Jan. 18, 2009, against California in Berkeley. Stanford's only other loss this year came at No. 1 Connecticut.
Chiney Ogwumike, the Pac-12's leading scorer, had 23 points but was held in check for most of the game, and her teammates were unable to pick up the slack. The Cardinal especially had trouble from long-range, shooting 9 for 41 on 3-pointers.
Sass out of Yukon Quest race after injury
(Information in the following story is from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.adn.com)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Race officials say Brent Sass is out of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race after injuring himself during a fall.
Officials said in a statement yesterday the 34-year-old Eureka musher is in stable condition and is being taken to Whitehorse for further evaluation. Canadian Rangers assisted him off the trail.
The Anchorage Daily News reports he was thrown from his dogsled overnight on approach to the Braeburn checkpoint.
Sass was dueling with Allen Moore for the race lead.
Race officials say his team is being brought into Braeburn and is doing fine.
The race started Saturday in Fairbanks, and will end near Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.