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Oregon’s Waverly Austin (20) and Mike Moser make life in the paint tough for Arizona’s Aaron Gordon, who scored 21 points in the Wildcats’ loss to the Ducks.

West College Hoops: Oregon knocks off 3rd-ranked Wildcats

Published: Sunday, Mar. 9, 2014 - 12:21 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 9, 2014 - 7:33 am

Arizona guard Nick Johnson was keeping an eye on the big picture.

Sure, the No. 3 Wildcats fell 64-57 in the regular-season finale Saturday to the Oregon Ducks, but the postseason is about to start.

“I think we’re as motivated as we can be,” said Johnson, who had 11 points in the loss as the Wildcats struggled with their shooting. “Everybody in that locker room wants to win every single game. We’ve had a great season. We’ve only lost three games.”

Aaron Gordon had 21 points for the Wildcats (28-3, 15-3 Pacific-12 Conference), who had already clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title heading into next week’s conference tournament in Las Vegas.

Jason Calliste made the go-ahead jumper and free throw with 4:22 left and finished with 18 points for the Ducks (22-8, 10-8), who greatly improved their chances of an NCAA Tournament bid. Johnathan Loyd added 16 points in Oregon’s seventh straight win.

The Ducks won 13 straight to start the season and were ranked as high as No. 10, then they lost eight of their next 10 to tumble out of the poll and fall in the Pac-12 standings.

But the six-game winning streak entering Saturday’s game put them back in the NCAA Tournament conversation and gave them their fourth straight season with at least 20 victories.

Stanford 61, Utah 60 in Stanford – Dwight Powell made a go-ahead free throw with 36.1 seconds remaining, and the Cardinal (19-11, 10-8) held on to win its Pac-12 regular-season finale by playing stellar defense.

Chasson Randle delivered key shots in crunch time on the way to 22 points, and forced Brandon Taylor into a turnover with 1.8 seconds left as Utah (20-10, 9-9) couldn’t get a shot off in the waning seconds with a chance to win.

Cal 66, Colorado 65 (OT) in Berkeley – The Bears clinched a high seed for the Pac-12 tournament and kept alive slim hopes at making it into the NCAA Tournament without making a basket in overtime.

Justin Cobbs made a pair of free throws with 20.8 seconds left in overtime, and Cal (19-12, 10-8 Pac-12) hung on.

“Whatever it takes to get it done, and that’s what we did tonight,” said Cobbs, who finished with 21 points and four assists.

Xavier Johnson scored 24 points for Colorado (21-10, 10-8).

Oregon State 78, Arizona State 76 (OT) in Corvallis, Ore. – Roberto Nelson scored six of his 15 points in overtime, including the go-ahead free throw with 2:50 remaining, to pace the Beavers (16-14, 8-10 Pac-12).

Eric Moreland added 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for Oregon State. Jahii Carson led ASU (21-10, 10-8) with 24 points.

Washington 82, USC 75 in Seattle – C.J. Wilcox scored 24 points to lead the Huskies (17-14, 9-9 Pac-12) over the Trojans (11-20, 2-16).

No. 10 San Diego State 51, No. 21 New Mexico 48 in San Diego – Xavier Thames and Matt Shrigley each made two free throws in the final 9 seconds to complete the Aztecs’ rally from a 16-point second-half deficit for a victory over the Lobos (24-6, 15-3) and the outright Mountain West Conference title.

Thames, a Pleasant Grove High School product, finished with 23 points for San Diego State (27-3, 16-2), which clinched the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament in Las Vegas. Josh Davis, the Aztecs’ other senior, had nine rebounds.

Fresno State 69, San Jose State 56 in San Jose – Paul Watson scored16 points to lead the Bulldogs (16-15, 9-9 Mountain West) past the Spartans (7-23, 1-17).

Nevada 76, UNLV 72 in Reno – Cole Huff hit a jumper with 33 seconds left as the Wolf Pack (15-16, 10-8 Mountain West) erased a 17-point second-half deficit and knocked off the Runnin’ Rebels (19-12, 10-8). Deonte Burton led Nevada with 24 points.

USF 69, San Diego 60 in Las Vegas – Avry Holmes scored 19 points as third-seeded USF (21-10) advanced to the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament with a win over the Toreros (16-16).

BYU 85, Loyola Marymount 74 in Las Vegas – Kyle Collinsworth had career highs of 23 points and 16 rebounds, helping the second-seeded Cougars (22-10) knock off the 10th-seeded Lions (13-19) in the WCC tournament. The Cougars will play USF in the semifinals.

Gonzaga 77, Santa Clara 75 in Las Vegas – David Stockton hit the game-winning layup with 2 seconds left as the top-seeded Zags (26-6) avoided an upset at the hands of the ninth-seeded Broncos (14-19) in the WCC tournament.

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