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Bruins finish second

Sun., March 8, 2009

Josh Shipp scored a career-high 28 points, Darren Collison added 19 and No. 20 UCLA defeated Oregon 94-68 on Saturday to finish second in the Pac-10 behind Washington.

The Bruins had won three straight conference titles.

“More power to them,” Collison said. “The last three years, they didn’t talk about our conference titles. They talked about our Final Four appearances.”

Freshman Drew Wiley matched his career high with 18 points, including a career-best six 3-pointers, for the last-place Ducks (8-22, 2-16), who ended up with the same number of league victories as last season and ensured a second straight losing season. They will be the No. 10 seed in the Pac-10 tourney.

“This team has gotten better in the second half of the season,” Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. “These last couple of contests have shown where we are going as a team. I just want these guys to battle.”

USC 68, Oregon State 52: Daniel Hackett scored 17 points, Taj Gibson added 14 and five blocks and the Trojans avenged an early-season overtime loss by defeating the Beavers in Los Angeles. DeMar DeRozan added 16 for USC, which has won eight of its past nine against the Beavers.

Seth Tarver had 16 for Oregon State, which lost its third straight.

(21) Arizona State 83, California 66: Jeff Pendergraph had 27 points and 10 rebounds in his final home game to help the Sun Devils snap a three-game losing streak with a victory over the Golden Bears in Tempe, Ariz.

It might also have been the last home game for ASU’s James Harden, a sophomore who is projected as a high pick in the NBA draft. Harden, the Pac-10’s leading scorer, had 20 points.

Jerome Randle scored 24 points for Cal.

Arizona 101, Stanford 87: Chase Budinger matched his season high with 28 points, Nic Wise added 27 and the Wildcats defeated the Cardinal in Tucson, Ariz.

Budinger was 10 of 14 shooting and Wise 9 of 9 as the Wildcats shot a season-best 70 percent from the floor (35 of 50) in a victory that kept alive their hopes for a 25th consecutive NCAA tournament berth.

Jordan Hill had 20 points for the Wildcats, who snapped a four-game losing streak in conference play.

Freshman Jeremy Green made 6 of 10 3-pointers en route to 22 points for Stanford.


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