Colorado flattens Washington
Lorenzo Romar was more annoyed than stunned after Washington’s subpar performance at Colorado.
“I was really disappointed, really disappointed,” the Washington coach said Thursday after the Huskies’ 87-69 loss at Boulder. “I thought we made progress on defense. We played Oregon and they run their offense as efficient as anyone. We did a great job against them.”
That wasn’t the case this time. Carlon Brown scored 18 points, and Spencer Dinwiddie and Austin Dufault had 13 points each for Colorado (10-4, 2-0 Pac-12), which had five players in double figures. Askia Booker added 12 and Nate Tomlinson 11 for the Buffaloes, who won their fifth straight.
Colorado shot 49 percent from the field and made 11 of its 21 shots in the second half.
“We did things that were unexpected of us,” Romar said. “We didn’t guard like we should have.”
Buffaloes coach Tad Boyle was feeling good about his team’s effort.
“I like how we handled our adversity tonight,” Boyle said. “It’s not like we came out and just blew them out — we had to fight for it.”
Tony Wroten led Washington (8-6, 2-1) with 21 points and C.J. Wilcox had 19 for the Huskies, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
UW has dropped all three of its road games this season, plus both its neutral-site games.
“Coming in before the game I felt like we were prepared, but in the back of our heads we knew we hadn’t gotten a win on the road,” Wilcox said. “So I think that’s just kind of there. When things start going in the opposite direction, we kind of fall apart.”
UCLA 65, Arizona 58: Travis Wear scored a career-high 20 points, his twin brother David Wear added 14 points and the Bruins held on over the final 5:18 to beat the Wildcats at Anaheim, Calif.
The Bruins (8-7, 1-2) won their first Pac-12 game after losing at Stanford and California last weekend to avoid the program’s first 0-3 start in league play since 1987-88. Lazeric Jones added 13 points.
Solomon Hill had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Jesse Perry added 13 points for the Wildcats (10-5, 1-1), who had their three-game winning streak end at Honda Center, where the Bruins played the third of four games as the home team.
Oregon 78, Stanford 67: Devoe Joseph scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Ducks (11-4, 2-1) past the Cardinal (12-3, 2-1) at Eugene, Ore.
Coming off a four-point, 1-for-13 shooting performance Saturday against Washington, Joseph made 9 of 15, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range.
E.J. Singler scored 13 points for the Ducks, who went 10 for 12 from the free-throw line in the final 3 minutes.
Oregon State 92, California 85: Jared Cunningham and Ahmad Starks had 24 points apiece as the Beavers (11-4, 1-2) held off a late run by the Golden Bears (12-4, 2-1) at Corvallis, Ore.
Angus Brandt added 14 points and Joe Burton 13 for Oregon State. Jorge Gutierrez had 26 points for Cal.
Oregon State took the lead for good, 40-38, on Cunningham’s two free throws 11 seconds after halftime.
Arizona State 62, USC 53: Carrick Felix scored a career-high 22 points, Trent Lockett had 19 points and nine rebounds and the undermanned Sun Devils (5-9, 1-1) beat the Trojans (5-11, 0-3) at Los Angeles.
Freshman Jonathan Gilling scored 12 points in his first college start for Arizona State, which was without three key players. Starters Keala King and Kyle Cain and reserve Chris Colvin were suspended by coach Herb Sendek for “unacceptable conduct.”
Aaron Fuller led USC with 14 points. Maurice Jones scored 13 and Byron Wesley added 10.