Pac-12 basketball roundup: KZ Okpala scores 22 to lead Stanford past Cougars 98-50; Cal snaps Pac-12 skid with win over Washington
KZ Okpala scored 22 points, Cormac Ryan hit four 3-pointers and Stanford beat Washington State 98-50 on Thursday night.
Jaiden Delaire added 12 points for the Cardinal (15-13, 8-8 Pac-12), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Stanford has won six of eight overall. Isaac White scored 14 and Bryce Wills had 10.
CJ Elleby scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half for the Cougars (11-17, 4-11), who lost their second straight after winning three of their previous four. Isaiah Wade added 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Robert Franks, Jr. added 11.
The Cougars hit their first shot and then missed eight straight, shooting 23 percent in the first 20 minutes.
Okpala scored 16 of his points in the first half and the Cardinal shot 56 percent from the field, which included 7 of 12 from long range.
Stanford used runs of 11-0 and 16-0 to turn the contest into an early blowout. The Cardinal led by 39 points with just over three minutes left in the opening half and settled for a 52-15 lead at intermission.
at California 76, No. 25 Washington 73: Darius McNeill scored 19 points and Connor Vanover added 18 to help California snap a 23-game losing streak in Pac-12 play by beating Washington 76-73 on Thursday night.
The Golden Bears (6-22, 1-15) had lost 16 straight games overall and hadn’t won a conference game since beating Oregon State on Feb. 3, 2018, including a loss in the Pac-12 tournament last March.
This was by far the biggest win in coach Wyking Jones’ two years at Cal and could quiet calls for him to lose his job at least for a bit.
The Huskies (22-6, 13-2) had won 15 of 16 games coming into this matchup and still ended up earning the outright regular season conference title when both Oregon State and Arizona State lost.
David Crisp scored 32 points to lead Washington but missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to set off a rare celebration at Haas Pavilion.
Jaylen Nowell added 22 points for the Huskies.
Instead of wilting in the second half like they have so often this season, the Bears came out even stronger. They built a 67-60 lead midway through the half on a 3-pointer by Justice Sueing that forced Washington to take a timeout.
But the Huskies rallied from there and tied the game at 71 with less than five minutes to play when Nowell hit a 3-pointer and a fastbreak layup on successive possessions.
With the Huskies trailing by one in the final minute, Sueing blocked a layup by Nowell and Cal came up with the loose ball. Paris Austin made two free throws with 23.8 seconds to play to put the Bears up 76-73.
Dominic Green then missed a 3-pointer for Washington, but the Huskies got another chance when McNeill missed the front end of a one-and-one.
But Nowell and Crisp missed 3s in the final 6 seconds to give Cal the win.
Despite the big disparity in the standings between the teams, Cal managed to keep up with Washington at the start. The Bears went on a 13-2 run late in the first half to take a 42-34 lead capped by back-to-back baskets from Connor Vanover.
But Crisp ended that spurt with a 3-pointer and added another off-balance shot from long range just before the buzzer to give him 21 points in the half and cut Cal’s lead to 45-44.
Arizona 74, at Oregon State 72:
Devonaire Doutrive grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a mid-air putback just before the final buzzer as Arizona defeated Oregon State 74-72 on Thursday night.
Brandon Randolph scored 15 points, and Ira Lee and Justin Coleman each scored 10 points for the Wildcats (17-12, 8-8 Pac-12). Doutrive finished with nine points and five rebounds.
Tres Tinkle had 24 points and five rebounds and Ethan Thompson added 18 points and five assists for the Beavers (17-10, 9-6), who lost for the seventh time in a row to Arizona.
The Wildcats outrebounded the Beavers 35-19, and 12 offensive rebounds led to 20 second chance points for Arizona.
Both teams struggled at times early, but the Beavers ended the first half with a 6-0 run and led 35-32 at the break.
Oregon State also scored the first four points of the second half. The game turned into a back-and-forth affair afterward.
The game was tied at 70-all when Randolph made a jumper with 1:31 remaining to put the Wildcats in the lead.
After an Oregon State miss and an Arizona turnover, Stephen Thompson Jr. responded with a layup for the Beavers, and the game was tied at 72 with 24.1 seconds left.
Coleman took the shot for the Wildcats, and Doutrive floated into the lane to get the rebound, landing with the game over.
at Oregon 79, Arizona State 51: Louis King scored 19 points and Payton Pritchard had 18 as Oregon raced past Arizona State 79-51 on Thursday night.
Ehab Amin added 11 points off the bench for the Ducks (16-12, 7-8 Pac-12), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Oregon scored the first 12 points of the second half to lead 46-26 and never allowed the Sun Devils to get closer than 17 points the rest of the way.
The Ducks held the conference’s top scoring team to 28 points below its season average. ASU’s previous low was 65 points against Vanderbilt.
Remy Martin had 13 points and Rob Edwards 11 to lead the Sun Devils (19-9, 10-6), who had won three in a row. ASU’s top three scorers in Pac-12 play -- Luguentz Dort, Martin and Edwards -- shot a combined 9 of 34 for the game.
Oregon dominated ASU on the glass 44-26 behind Francis Okoro’s 10 rebounds. The Sun Devils came in as the conference’s best rebounding team.
Oregon ended the first half up 34-26 thanks to King’s 11 points and its 5-of-13 shooting from 3-point range. The Sun Devils had a 20-14 edge in points in the paint and missed several more chances at the rim, but they also were just 1 of 12 from the arc.
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