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Pac-12 roundup: Oregon beats USC for outright conference title

Associated Press

Tyler Dorsey scored 19 points, Elgin Cook added 17 and No. 9 Oregon beat Southern California 76-66 Saturday in Los Angeles to clinch the Pac-12 title outright, the Ducks’ first since 2002, and fifth in school history.

Oregon (25-6, 14-4) overcame a 20-minute power outage in the first half at the Galen Center and the Trojans’ early run in the second half to close out the regular season with their fifth straight victory and 11th in 13 games.

The Trojans (20-11, 9-9) lost to Oregon for the 12th straight time, the Ducks’ longest-ever winning streak against USC. Katin Reinhardt and Nikola Jovanovic scored 12 points each, and Jordan McLaughlin added 10 for the Trojans, who went 2-6 in their last eight games.

The Trojans opened both halves strong, outscoring the Ducks 13-4 to start the second half and take a 50-48 lead, their first since early in the game.

(18) Arizona 94, Stanford 62: Gabe York, a senior playing in his final home game, made nine 3-pointers to tie the school and McKale Center record and scored a career-high 32 points in the Wildcats’ rout of the Cardinal in Tucson, Arizona.

The shooting masterpiece capped a big final week of play at home for York, who made three straight 3-pointers, including the game-winner with 19 seconds to go, late in Thursday night’s 64-61 over No. 25 California.

The Wildcats also set a school record by making 18 3s on Saturday in 36 attempts.

Arizona’s victory clinched at least the No. 4 seed in next week’s Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas, meaning the Wildcats (24-7, 12-6) will get a first-round bye.

Roscoe Allen and Marcus Allen scored 16 apiece for Stanford (15-14, 8-10).

(13) Utah 57, Colorado 55: Jakob Poetl had 16 points and 13 rebounds and the Utes rallied for a victory over the Buffaloes in Salt Lake City.

The Utes (24-7, 13-5) go into the Pac-12 Tournament as the No. 2 seed next week.

The Buffaloes (21-10, 10-8) will be the No. 5 seed.

Colorado seemed to put the game away with a 16-0 run in the second half that pushed the lead to 45-31. The Utes were 0 for 9 during that stretch with four turnovers and went scoreless for nearly seven minutes.

Then Utah found some life.

The Utes responded with a 19-0 run as Jordan Loveridge, Brandon Taylor and Lorenzo Bonam made plays on both ends of the floor.

Bonam finished with 16 points and Loveridge added 10.

Josh Scott led Colorado with 11 points while Tory Miller scored seven off the bench.

(25) California 68, Arizona State 65: Tyrone Wallace matched a season high with 24 points and hit two decisive free throws in the final minute to lead the Golden Bears to a comeback victory over the Sun Devils in Tempe, Arizona, that earned the Golden Bears a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament.

Wallace scored 19 points in the second half and grabbed seven rebounds, and Jordan Mathews added 18 points for Cal (22-9, 12-6), which trailed by eight points halfway through the second half before securing the fourth 22-win regular season in school history.

Wallace hit 7 of 11 shots from the field and all eight free throws, including two with 33.9 seconds left to put Cal ahead by four.

Arizona State’s Obinna Oleka couldn’t handle a pass along the sideline on the ensuing possession.

Eric Jacobsen scored 20 points and fellow senior Gerry Blakes added 14 points for the Sun Devils (15-16, 5-13).

Oregon State 86, UCLA 82: Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 23 points and the Beavers held on to defeat the slumping Bruins in Los Angeles.

Olaf Schaftenaar added 17 points and Gary Payton II had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Oregon State (18-11, 9-9).

The Beavers led 68-52 with 5:31 to play, only to see UCLA storm back to 82-79 on Isaac Hamilton’s 3-pointer with 30 seconds left. After Derrick Bruce made one free throw, Hamilton sank another 3 to make it 83-82.

Bruce was fouled again and, again, hit one free throw, but Aaron Holiday turned the ball over and Payton went the length of the floor for a dunk that sealed it.

Hamilton finished with 21 points to lead UCLA (15-16, 6-12), which lost for the seventh time in nine games. Bryce Alford added 18 points, while Thomas Welsh and Tony Parker scored 14 apiece for the Bruins.