Payton Pritchard scored on a runner late in overtime and Kenny Wooten had a pair of blocked shots in the final 13 seconds, lifting Oregon to a 64-62 victory over Washington State in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS — Payton Pritchard scored on a runner late in overtime and Kenny Wooten had a pair of blocked shots in the final 13 seconds, lifting Oregon to a 64-62 victory over Washington State in the opening round of the of the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday night.
Washington State (12-19) led by three, but Troy Brown scored on a hard drive and Pritchard put Oregon (21-11) up 63-62 on his runner. After Wooten blocked Malachi Flynn’s drive, Pritchard missed two free throws and Brown was fouled after grabbing an offensive rebound.
Brown made 1 of 2 to give the Ducks a final chance, but Wooten swooped in to erase Milan Acquaah’s drive just before the buzzer sounded.
Oregon moves on to play No. 3 seed Utah in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
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Pritchard and MiKyle McIntosh had 18 points each to help Oregon rally from a dismal first half.
Flynn had 22 points and Robert Franks had 16 for Washington State.
Colorado 97, Arizona State 85
Tad Boyle ran out onto the floor to break up a late-game scuffle and came back limping. The Colorado coach initially thought he might have torn his Achilles tendon, though the team doctor believes it to be a calf injury.
Whatever it is, Boyle will deal with it. His Buffaloes are moving on in the Pac-12 tournament after hurting Arizona State’s NCAA tournament hopes, and that’s all that matters.
“I felt like I got shot in the calf,” Boyle said following Colorado’s victory over Arizona State in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament. “I hope it’s not my Achilles. It’s a tough blow, tough one. I’ll take it. I’ll sacrifice my Achilles for the win, though.”
Led by talented freshman point guard McKinley Wright IV, the Buffaloes (17-14) shot their way past Arizona State (20-11) and put a dent in the Sun Devils’ NCAA tournament chances.
Wright nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 20 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Colorado made 13 of 21 from three-point range and took control of a close game with a 15-1 run midway through the second half.
Stanford 76, Cal 58
Getting the ball to Reid Travis early is the key to Stanford’s offensive success. He gets a few baskets, the opposing team has to adjust and the Cardinal can play free and easy.
They sure did against rival California.
Travis triggered a quick start, finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds, and led Stanford in a rout over Cal in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament.
“Reid is always going to be a focal point of the defense, for good reason, because he’s a focal point of our offense as well,” Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. “When he gets going, it certainly draws attention to him. When that happens, it kind of frees some of the other guys up as well.”
No. 12 seed Cal (8-24) closed out a difficult first season under Wyking Jones with its seventh straight loss and 16th in 17 games.
• Missouri standout Michael Porter Jr., who helped Nathan Hale to the Class 3A title in 2017, will return from back surgery to play in the Southeastern Conference tournament against Georgia on Thursday, marking his first time in a game since the season opener. The 6-foot-10 Porter, the top prep prospect in the country last season, has been out since playing only two minutes in the Tigers’ (20-11) season-opening win over Iowa State. He underwent surgery in November and was expected to miss the rest of the season.
• Kansas forward Udoka Azubuike sprained his left knee during a scrimmage this week, ruling him out of the Big 12 tournament and putting his availability for the NCAA tournament in question.
• University of San Diego coach Lamont Smith resigned Wednesday night, 10 days after he was arrested for investigation of domestic violence at the end of a road trip.