No. 21 Oregon and No. 24 UCLA came into Saturday's game chasing first place in the Pac-12. The Ducks played better defense in the second...
LOS ANGELES — No. 21 Oregon and No. 24 UCLA came into Saturday’s game chasing first place in the Pac-12. The Ducks played better defense in the second half and came away with the top spot.
Tony Woods scored 18 points while missing just one shot, and Arsaian Kazemi had 12 points and 11 rebounds in Oregon’s 76-67 victory that improved the Ducks to 5-0 in league play for the first time in 39 years.
“We knew we had to get better defensively,” Kazemi said. “Our game plan was to attack them off the dribble and just in general be more aggressive on the defensive end.”
The Ducks (16-2, 5-0 Pac-12) shot 60 percent in the second half and they pulled away with a 15-6 run.
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Travis Wear scored 17 points to lead the Bruins, whose 10-game winning streak — including eight straight at home — equaled their longest since 2008-09. Norman Powell added 11 points starting in place of Shabazz Muhammad, who finished with 10 points.
“We just can’t get too big-headed about our win streak and think this team is just going to lay over and give us the win,” Powell said. “We just needed to come out harder in the second half.”
The Bruins (15-4, 5-1) led by three points at halftime after shooting 55 percent in getting out on the break. They were up by five early in the second half and tied the game at 52 before the Ducks’ defense stepped up.
“They got to run on us way too much in the first half,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “We talked about doing a better job on defense.”
No. 7 Arizona 71,
at Arizona State 54
Mark Lyons scored 24, Nick Johnson added 19 and the Wildcats (16-1, 4-1) pulled away in the second half to beat their rival.
Arizona pulled away after Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson picked up his fourth foul midway through the second half.
Carson had 22 points and four assists for the Sun Devils (14-4, 3-2).
At Stanford 69,
Dwight Powell scored 17 points and Chasson Randle added 15 in helping the Cardinal beat the Golden Bears.
John Gage, a former Vashon Island High School standout, added 14 points for the Cardinal (11-7, 2-3), which had lost three of its previous four.
Allen Crabbe and David Kravish each scored 14 points for the Bears (10-7, 2-3).
At USC 69, Oregon State 68
Aaron Fuller’s only basket, a layup with 4.8 seconds remaining, gave the Trojans (8-11, 3-3) a victory.
The lead changed hands eight times in the final 2:52. Eric Moreland fed Joe Burton for a layup with 12.6 seconds to play to give Oregon State a 68-67 lead.
Devon Collier’s game-winning attempt for the Beavers (10-8, 0-4) was blocked by Eric Wise as time ran out.
Byron Wesley scored 19 to lead USC.