Josh Huestis blocked a potential go-ahead jumper by Lazeric Jones with three seconds remaining, lifting Stanford to a 60-59 victory over Pac-12 preseason favorite UCLA on Thursday night in the conference opener for both teams.
STANFORD, Calif. — Josh Huestis blocked a potential go-ahead jumper by Lazeric Jones with three seconds remaining, lifting Stanford to a 60-59 victory over Pac-12 preseason favorite UCLA on Thursday night in the conference opener for both teams.
Jones scored a career-high 26 points, but his floating runner in the lane was swatted back by Huestis in the final seconds. Anthony Brown grabbed the rolling ball for Stanford (11-2, 1-0) and sprinted up court to seal a sizzling win.
Aaron Bright had 16 points as the Cardinal snapped UCLA’s five-game winning streak. The Bruins (7-6, 0-1) also had won nine of the past 10 against Stanford.
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At California 53, USC 49
Allen Crabbe converted three free throws with 8.4 seconds left as California earned a hard-fought victory over USC.
Jorge Gutierrez had 13 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and four steals and Harper Kamp and Crabbe added 12 points apiece for Cal (11-3, 1-0), which remained unbeaten at Haas Pavilion.
Maurice Jones scored 17 points and knocked down three late three-pointers to keep the Trojans (5-9, 0-1) close in the waning minutes.
Washington State 75, at Oregon 47
Rosetta Adzasu scored 15 points on a perfect shooting night and teammate Jazmine Perkins had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Washington State over Oregon in both teams’ Pac-12 opener.
Adzasu was 6 for 6 from the field and 3 for 3 from three-point range in the first half, sparking Washington State (7-6, 1-0) to a 17-point halftime lead that was never in serious jeopardy.
Oregon (8-5, 0-1) tried to claw its way back into contention with an 11-0 run in the second half.
No. 4 Stanford 61, at USC 53
Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Toni Kokenis added 15 and Stanford pulled away over the final 10 minutes to beat USC.
Ashley Corral scored 21 points for the Trojans (5-6, 0-1), who returned home after nearly a month on the road to lose their eighth straight to the Cardinal (10-1, 1-0).
At UCLA 60, California 55
Thea Lemberger scored 26 points as the Bruins (6-6, 1-0) held off Cal. Markel Walker chipped in 18 points and eight rebounds for UCLA. Gennifer Brandon had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Golden Bears (9-4, 0-1).
• Junior guard Gabriel Harris will miss the remainder of the season for Stanford after having surgery to repair his injured right knee.