Ducks end 3-game skid
E.J. Singler had 21 points and No. 19 Oregon overcame a poor start to end its three-game losing streak with a 73-64 victory over Utah on Saturday in Eugene.
Damyean Dotson added 16 points for the Ducks, who had been on a slide after opening conference play with seven straight victories.
Oregon trailed 30-22 after the first half but pulled in front midway through the second and extended its lead to 53-45 on Carlos Emory’s tip-in with 6:32 left. The Ducks led by as many as 13 points down the stretch.
Jason Washburn had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Utes, who lost their second straight after a victory over Colorado, which upset Oregon 48-47 on Thursday night. The Buffaloes scored the final eight points to snap Oregon’s 20-game winning streak at home.
Oregon’s recent struggle with turnovers continued, and the Ducks committed 10 within the first 16 minutes. Oregon went into the game with an average of 16 turnovers per game, most in the Pac-12. They finished with 17 against the Utes.
The Ducks climbed to No. 10 in the AP poll after winning all but two of their nonconference games and opening Pac-12 play with seven straight wins. It was Oregon’s best league start in 87 years, and their highest ranking since late 2007.
But last week, Oregon lost to Stanford and California.
Stanford 62, Arizona State 59: Dwight Powell scored 22 points, Stanford made 10 of 18 3-pointers and the Cardinal held on to beat the Sun Devils in Tempe, Ariz.
Stanford won for the fourth time in five games, and fifth straight over Arizona State, earning a split in the desert after losing 73-66 at No. 7 Arizona on Wednesday night.
Josh Huestis added 13 points and John Gage scored all 11 of his points in the first half for Stanford.
Carrick Felix scored 16, Jahii Carson 15 and Jonathan Gilling 13 for ASU.
The Sun Devils trailed by as many as 16 in the second half but had a chance to tie at the end, Bo Barnes’ 3-pointer bouncing off the rim with five seconds to play.