Huskies take over first place in Pac-12

FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2012

UW and Tony Wroten, right, had sights set on conference lead, which they earned with a win and a Cal loss. (Associated Press)
UW and Tony Wroten, right, had sights set on conference lead, which they earned with a win and a Cal loss. (Associated Press)

Terrence Ross scored 10 of Washington’s final 12 points to finish with 22, and the Huskies overcame a 10-point deficit with seven minutes remaining to stun UCLA 71-69 on Thursday night in Seattle.

Ross’ 3-pointer from the wing with 1:20 remaining turned out to be the winner, but the Huskies (15-7, 8-2 Pac-12) had to watch Norman Powell’s baseline jumper with 3 seconds left hang on the rim and fall off before celebrating their fourth straight win over the Bruins.

Ross scored 18 points in the second half and made 9 of 12 shots overall. Tony Wroten added 13 points and Darnell Gant had 12 for the Huskies, who took over sole possession of conference lead.

Josh Smith scored a career-high 24 points for UCLA (12-10, 5-5), but had just three points in the final 12 minutes.

Lazeric Jones, the Bruins’ leading scorer entering the night, missed his first six shots and was scoreless at halftime, but scored 11 in the second half. But Jones and his teammates could not stop the Huskies’ late rally after taking a 63-53 lead on Travis Wear’s jumper with 7:01 left.

Ross and C.J. Wilcox combined for six straight points at the free-throw line, and Ross’ pull-up 18-footer got Washington within 65-61 with 4:38 left. Ross then hit an open 3-pointer off a screen following an offensive foul by UCLA, and the deficit was 65-64. The Huskies missed a chance to take the lead when Gant’s 3-pointer went halfway down and came out, but another offensive foul – this one ending Tyler Lamb’s night – gave the Huskies another chance to go ahead.

This time Ross converted with an acrobatic spin and scoop in the lane while being fouled to give Washington the lead. Another UCLA turnover led to Gant’s dunk, and the Huskies led 68-65 with 2:05 left.

The Bruins were outscored 18-6 during the closing stretch, including a 13-0 Washington run.

Arizona 78, California 74: Kyle Fogg hit a go-ahead 3-pointer under pressure with 1:19 to play and finished with 23 points, Jesse Perry added a key basket with 45.2 seconds left and the Wildcats (17-6, 7-3) knocked the Bears out of first place with a win at Berkeley, Calif.

Colorado 82, Oregon State 60: Andre Roberson had 16 points and 15 rebounds as the Buffaloes (15-7, 7-3) remained unbeaten at home in Pac-12 play with a victory over the Beavers (14-8, 4-6) at Boulder, Colo.

Oregon 79, Utah 68: Devoe Joseph scored 20 points and the Ducks (16-6, 7-3) used a late 11-0 run to beat the Utes (5-17, 2-8) at Salt Lake City. Chris Hines had 20 points for Utah

Stanford 68, Arizona State 44: Aaron Bright scored 16 points and Chasson Randle added 14 as the Cardinal (16-6, 6-4) routed the Sun Devils (7-15, 3-7) at Stanford, Calif. The Sun Devils had just four and shot only 34 percent from the floor.

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