EVANSTON, Ill. — Josh Huestis tied a career-high with 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Aaron Bright hit the go-ahead 3-pointer and Stanford came away with a wild 70-68 victory over Northwestern on Friday.
The Cardinal (8-4) built an 18-point lead in the first half and took a four-point advantage to the locker room after Northwestern (8-4) pulled within one. But they prevailed down the stretch, ending a rough week on a positive note.
It included a loss at North Carolina State and the news that prized prospect Jabari Parker of Chicago was headed to Duke, after tabbing Stanford as one of his five finalists.
Northwestern's Tre Demps nailed a 3-pointer and scored in the lane to tie it at 61 with 6:34 remaining. He hit another 3 with 1:50 left to tie it at 67, but Bright immediately answered with one of his own to make it 70-67.
Washington State 65, Buffalo 54
At Pullman, Wash., DaVonte Lacy scored 19 points, Brock Motum added 15 and Washington State used a big second half run to escape with a victory.
Buffalo led 49-48 with 7:02 left before the Cougars used a 13-1 run to pull away. The Bulls went nearly six minutes without a field goal during Washington State's run.
Lacy tied his career high with five 3-pointers for Washington State (8-4), which has won three straight and six of seven. Motum had eight of his 15 points in the second half for the Cougars and Dexter Kernich-Drew added 10.
Motum had two put-backs to ignite the run, including one after a missed free throw. Kernich-Drew hit a 3-pointer to make it 56-50 with 4:53 remaining in the game. Tony Watson scored 18 points to lead Buffalo (4-8), which had won two in a row, and Auraum Nuiriankh added 13.
Colorado 98, Northern Arizona 51
At Boulder, Colo., Askia Booker and Xavier Johnson each scored 17 points and Colorado set its season high in points scored by routing Northern Arizona.
Spencer Dinwiddie had 15 points and Josh Scott added 11 for Colorado (9-2), which is off to its best start since opening 9-2 in 1994-95.
The Buffaloes remain unbeaten in four meetings with Northern Arizona (4-6), a member of the Big Sky conference which dropped to 0-3 against Pac-12 teams this season. The Lumberjacks were beaten by Oregon and Arizona earlier this season.
DeWayne Russell had 15 points and Max Jacobsen 10 to lead the Lumberjacks, whose 47-point loss represented their largest margin of defeat this season. The previous high was a 43-point loss to Arizona. Colorado was breezing by the break, taking a 57-21 lead while piling up a season high in points for a half.
Cal State Northridge 76, Utah 71
At Salt Lake City, Landon Drew scored 14 of his career-high 19 points in the second half to help Cal State Northridge rally from 19 points down and stun Utah.
Stephan Hicks had 19 points and nine rebounds as the Matadors (8-3) scored 19 points of Utah's 15 turnovers and held the Utes (7-3) to 22 percent shooting in the second half.
Josh Greene added 13 points, including two technical free throws to clinch the game with 5.7 seconds remaining.
The Utes, who were led by Jordan Loveridge's 24 points, had a chance to tie the game, but Jarred DuBois stumbled on the ground after collecting a loose ball and instinctively called a timeout. The Utes had already used their allotment.
DuBois had 17 points and seven assists for the Utes, who saw their five-game home winning streak snapped.