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Pac-12 roundup: Arizona State holds off Oregon

Jordan Bachynski had a career-high 26 points and blocked Joseph Young’s reverse layup at the buzzer, helping Arizona State hold off hard-charging Oregon 74-72 on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State dominated the first half, building a 20-point lead while the Ducks flailed at both ends.

Williams-Goss, Washington top Oregon State

With Washington’s top scorer C.J. Wilcox bottled up by Oregon State’s aggressive defense, Nigel Williams-Goss took over with one of the best performances by a freshman in UW history. Williams-Goss scored a career-high 32 points as Washington (13-8, 5-3) rallied from 12 points down in the second half to beat Oregon State 87-81 on Saturday in Seattle.

Arizona State retires Ryneldi Becenti’s number

SHIPROCK, N.M. – In the sacred Navajo hoop dance, performers bounce and hop as they whirl hoops around their arms and bodies, a ritual honoring the circle of life. For Ryneldi Becenti, a smaller hoop within that greater circle helped guide her life.

Coaches weigh in on Sarkisian’s move

Arizona State coach Todd Graham and Stanford coach David Shaw are preparing for their teams’ rematch in Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday. Both, however, took some time during their teleconference on Tuesday to react to the news of former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian’s sudden departure to take the same position at USC. Sarkisian was officially named the new head coach of the Trojans on Monday after reportedly interviewing for the job on Sunday. Ed Orgeron had been serving as interim coach of the Trojans, who fired Lane Kiffin following a 2-2 start to the season.

Arizona State drubs WSU 55-21

The cold weather and costumed crowd did little to stifle the Arizona State football team, which looked right at home in a 55-21 dismantling of Washington State in Martin Stadium.

Cougar notebook: ESPN makes rare stop at Martin Stadium

ESPN, the self-described “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” made its first trip to Martin Stadium since 1990 to televise Washington State’s game against Arizona State. Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer and Samantha Ponder comprised the broadcast team.

Meet the Cougars

PosName#YrQBConnor Halliday12Jr.RBMarcus Mason35Jr.XDom Williams80So.YRiver Cracraft84Fr.LTGunnar Eklund63So.LGJoe Dahl56So.CElliot Bosch60Sr.RGMatt Goetz66Sr.RTJohn Fullington77Sr.HBrett Bartolone19So.ZGabe Marks9So.PosName#YrDTKalafitoni Pole98Jr.NGIoane Gauta95Sr.DEXavier Cooper96So.BLBDestiny Vaeao97So.SLBCyrus Coen42Jr.MLBDarryl Monroe13So.WLBJustin Sagote10Sr.CBDamante Horton6Sr.FSTaylor Taliulu30So.SSDeone Bucannon20Sr.CBDaquawn Brown25Fr.PosName#YrKAndrew Furney49Sr.PMike Bowlin46Sr.KR Teondray Caldwell   34So.PRLeon Brooks23Sr.

2-Minute Drill: Jacob Thorpe’s keys to a possible WSU victory over Arizona State today:

1. Contain Taylor Kelly. A year ago, Arizona State’s quarterback was nearly unstoppable against the Cougars, throwing just three incomplete passes in 23 attempts and tossing four touchdowns. Kelly is the unquestioned leader of ASU’s offense and has drawn praise from the WSU coaching staff for his ability to elevate the play of his teammates. If the Cougars allow Kelly to get comfortable, it will be a long day for the defense. 2. Air it out. The Sun Devils are one of the best teams in the country at defending the pass. Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday set an FBS record with 89 passes attempted in WSU’s last game. The Cougars are going to throw the ball around, and will need to find a weakness in the ASU secondary if they’re going to put points on the scoreboard.

Meet the Sun Devils

PosName#YrQBTaylor Kelly10Jr.RBMarion Grice1Sr.XJaelen Strong21So.YKevin Ozier82Sr.LTEvan Finkenberg62Sr.LGJamil Douglas74Jr.CKody Koebensky67Sr.RGVi Teofilo73So.RTTyler Sulka54Jr.HDe’Marieya Nelson12Jr.TEChris Coyle87Sr.PosName#YrDTWill Sutton90Sr.NGJaxon Hood92So.DEGannon Conway95Sr.BLBAnthony Jones31Sr.SLBSteffon Martin2Sr.MLBCarl Bradford52Jr.WLBChris Young21Sr.CBOsahon Irabor24Sr.FSDamarious Randall3Jr.SSAlden Darby4Sr.CBRobert Nelson9Sr.PosName#YrKZane Gonzalez5Fr.PDom Vizzare99Jr.KRMarion Grice1Sr.PRRobert Nelson9Sr.

Cougars keep their focus inward

PULLMAN – The Washington State football team will take on Arizona State tonight. For all the Cougars care, they may as well be playing the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks or Pullman High School. The Sun Devils (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) look to be the toughest of WSU’s four remaining foes, a fact that doesn’t seem to concern the home team in the slightest. The color and spectacle of the Halloween costumes in the stands will go unnoticed by the team, as will the odd day of the week and the late start time. According to WSU players and coaches, none of those factors will matter and the team from Tempe is just another in a long line of faceless, nameless opponents for the Cougars, who direct all their focus internally.

Arizona State downs WSU

Carrick Felix had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Jahii Carson scored 21 and Arizona State earned its 20th victory of the season by beating Washington State 69-57 on Wednesday night.

Cougars Woolridge returns to stamping grounds

TEMPE, Ariz. – Royce Woolridge used to sit in Wells Fargo Arena as a youngster, middle school-aged but old enough to appreciate the skills of former Arizona State star Ike Diogu. A Phoenix native, Woolridge has always been a Sun Devils fan. He was when he committed to Kansas as a high-school sophomore, and he still is now that he’s coming into his own as one of Washington State’s most legitimate scoring threats.

Cougs, Woolridge travel to Arizona

Royce Woolridge used to sit in Wells Fargo Arena as a youngster, middle school-aged but old enough to appreciate the skills of former Arizona State star Ike Diogu.

WSU hangs around in close loss to ASU

There have been times this season, too many for Washington State’s liking, when the Cougars simply didn’t execute well enough to procure victory from a back-and-forth basketball game.

Halftime leads no lock for Cougars

PULLMAN – Their relief wasn’t hard to understand. After losing so many close games this season, the Washington State Cougars finally pulled one out on Saturday by beating Oregon State, 71-68, making clutch free throws and holding on down the stretch. That they were in a position to win was no surprise. WSU has held second-half leads in 19 of its 20 games this season – that’s 95 percent – the only exception being a 78-41 loss to Kansas.