TEMPE, Ariz. – Senior Jordan Bachynski scored a career-high 26 points and blocked Joseph Young’s reverse layup in the final second, helping Arizona State turn back Oregon 74-72 on Saturday.
Arizona State (18-6 overall, 7-4 Pac-12) dominated the first half, building a 20-point lead.
Oregon (15-8, 3-8) put together a furious rally behind Young and its press in the second half, using a 34-11 run to take the lead with five minutes remaining.
Young scored all of his 29 points in the second half and made four three-pointers, but couldn’t get his final shot past the 7-foot-2 Bachynski’s reach, sending Oregon to its fourth two-point conference loss.
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Jahii Carson, a 5-foot-10 guard, had 11 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Arizona State.
Shaquielle McKissic, a former Kentridge High School and Edmonds Community College player, added 15 points for the Sun Devils.
UCLA beats USC
LOS ANGELES – Norman Powell scored 10 of his 21 points during a 3½-minute span of the second half, Jordan Adams had 17 points and eight rebounds, and UCLA completed a season sweep of USC with an 83-73 victory.
Kyle Anderson had 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for UCLA (18-5, 7-3 Pac-12), helping the Bruins beat their rivals for the seventh time in the last eight meetings.
Byron Wesley had 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists for USC (10-13, 1-9). The Trojans have lost four in a row and nine of 10, all against conference teams, following a 9-4 start against nonconference opponents. Two of those losses were to Stanford and Oregon State, marking the first back-to-back overtime defeats in school history.
UCLA equaled its highest point total ever against USC on Jan. 5 at Pauley Pavilion, scoring 36 points in transition during a 107-73 rout — the first time the schools faced each other in the conference opener since 1991.
Trojans center Omar Oraby fouled out of that one after injuring his left ankle early in the game, and played 14 minutes without a rebound. He had five points and six boards in the rematch.
The Bruins, trying to avoid the second-half blahs that plagued them in their previous three games, stormed out of the locker room after intermission with a 10-0 run that turned a six-point halftime deficit into a 45-41 lead with 17:13 left in the game. David Wear capped the rally with a three-pointer, one of 10 by UCLA in 20 attempts.
J.T. Terrell made a three and Nikola Jovanovic added a layup 20 seconds later to put the Trojans back in front 46-45 with 16:38 to play, but it was the last time they led. UCLA scored the next 14 points — including threes by Powell and Adams — to build a 59-46 cushion, and USC got no closer than seven again.