Terrence Ross had made quite a few big shots to end one Utah rally after another in the second half Saturday. But nothing loomed larger for the Washington guard than a pair of free throws in the final seconds.
Ross had already blown a couple of chances to put away the game from the line after missing the front end of one-on-one opportunities on consecutive trips to the line. He realized another miss was not going to cut it.
“I just had to calm down and be mentally tough and focus on the two free throws so I could knock them in,” Ross said.
He sank both foul shots with 9 seconds left to ice a 57-53 victory at Salt Lake City.
Ross finished with 14 points and Desmond Simmons collected 10 rebounds off the bench to help the Huskies (9-6, 3-1 Pac-12) bounce back from a blowout loss to Colorado two nights earlier. Washington also collected its first road victory of the season.
“We have not put ourselves behind the pack at all,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said.Josh Watkins scored 18 and Cedric Martin 11 for the Utes (4-11, 1-2), who threatened down to the final seconds.
Stanford 103, Oregon State 101 (4OT): Chasson Randle’s layup with 37 seconds left in the fourth overtime provided the winning points as the Cardinal (13-3, 3-1) beat the Beavers (11-5, 1-3) at Corvallis, Ore.
Randle had a game-high 24 points for Stanford, which avoided a conference road sweep after losing two days earlier at Oregon. An off-balance 3-pointer by Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson that would have won the game was off the mark. Nelson and Jared Cunningham had 19 points apiece for OSU.
Stanford, which played its longest game in program history, led 100-95 after Randle scored the first five points of the fourth overtime. The Cardinal didn’t give up the lead again.
UCLA 75, Arizona State 58: Joshua Smith scored 18 points, Travis Wear added 16, and the Bruins (9-7, 2-2) dominated inside in a victory over the Sun Devils (4-10, 1-2) at Anaheim, Calif.