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  • Ladd, Cougars hold off Oregon State, 71-68

  • CORVALLIS — Mike Ladd had a career-high 23 points and Washington State held off Oregon State down the stretch Saturday afternoon for a 71-68 win.
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  • CORVALLIS — Mike Ladd had a career-high 23 points and Washington State held off Oregon State down the stretch Saturday afternoon for a 71-68 win.
    Brock Motum added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars (11-9, 2-5 Pac-12), who won their first road game in five tries this season.
    Ahmad Starks had 17 points and eight assists for Oregon State (11-9, 1-6). Starks was wide of the basket on a potential game-tying 3-pointer from the top of the arc in the closing seconds. That followed Washington State's DaVonte Lacy's two missed free throws and Starks' layup with 7.9 seconds left to cut the Cougars' advantage to one.
    Washington State's Royce Woolridge then made two foul shots, setting up Starks' final attempt.
    Ladd's lay-in gave Washington State its first lead of the second half at 37-36 after the Cougars trailed by four at halftime. Oregon State came back with a 7-2 run, as Joe Burton's layup put the Beavers back up four.
    Motum later hit his third 3-pointer of the second half to give the Cougars the lead for good, 54-51. Motum then made two free throws with 8:42 left after a technical foul on Oregon State coach Craig Robinson. That gave Motum 15 points in the second half and Washington State a five-point lead.
    D.J. Shelton added a 3-pointer with 6:42 left to make it an 8-0 Cougars run. Oregon State closed within 63-60 on a deep 2-pointer by Starks with 3:57 left.
    The Beavers got within two twice, the last time at 66-64 on Devon Collier's lay-in with 1:24 remaining. Woolridge scored the last seven points for the Cougars, including a free throw to make it 69-64 with 51 seconds left.
    Washington State had a 39-27 rebounding edge, including 10 from D.J. Shelton. The Cougars shot 25 of 56 overall, while Oregon State was 26 of 55.
    Ladd hit from outside to put Washington State up 11-7, the Cougars' biggest lead of the first half. Oregon State answered with an 8-0 run — including two Starks 3-pointers — to go up by four.
    Ladd later hit a layup with 4:24 remaining to reach 17 points for the half and cut the Beavers' lead to 23-21. Roberto Nelson hit a deep 3-pointer in transition as time expired in the half to put Oregon State ahead 33-29. Ladd shot 7 of 8 in the first half, including one 3-pointer. His teammates were a combined 4 of 18.
    No. 6 Arizona 74, USC 50
    At Tucson, Ariz., Nick Johnson scored 14 points and No. 6 Arizona used a stifling defense to bounce back from a home loss and rout Southern California.
    The Wildcats (17-2, 5-2 Pac-12) were dominant from the opening tip, jumping out to leads of 18-4 and 29-7. They were up 39-20 at halftime.
    The Trojans (8-13, 3-5), who shot 28 percent, trailed by as many as 34 in the second half.
    Solomon Hill added 13 points, Brandon Ashley 11 and Kaleb Tarczewski 10 for Arizona. No USC player reached double figures in the Trojans' lowest-scoring game of the season. Jio Fontan scored nine.
    Arizona State 78, UCLA 60
    At Tempe, Ariz., Arizona State rode the inside play of Jordan Bachynski and Carrick Felix to defeat UCLA and complete a sweep of the Los Angeles schools this week.
    Bachynski had 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Felix added 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Sun Devils (16-4, 5-2 Pac-12) dominated the Bruins inside the lane. Arizona State outscored UCLA 46-26 in the paint and outrebounded the Bruins 52-33.
    Jordan Adams scored 19 points and Shabazz Muhammad had 18 for UCLA (16-5, 6-2), which was coming off an 11-point upset of No. 6 Arizona on Thursday. The Bruins, who were the best-shooting team in the conference going into the game, shot just 35 percent from the field against the Devils.
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