LAS VEGAS — Scott Suggs scored 19 points, C.J. Wilcox added 11 and Washington held off a furious rally by rival Washington State for a 64-62 win in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament Wednesday night.
Washington (13-18) appeared to be headed toward a rout, but blew a 15-point lead with 81/2; minutes left.
The sixth-seeded Huskies went 8 minutes without a field goal as Washington State (17-15) scored 15 straight points to tie it. Desmond Simmons put Washington up by two with a tough shot inside with 1:16 remaining, and Washington State's Brock Motum badly missed a 3-pointer while trying to draw a foul with 3 seconds left.
Abdul Gaddy had 11 assists for Washington, which moves on to face third-seeded Oregon in today's quarterfinals. Motum had 28 points in what's likely his final game for Washington State, and D.J. Shelton added 19.
Utah 69, USC 66
At Las Vegas, Jarred DuBois scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half, Jordan Loveridge added 15 points and Utah opened the Pac-12 tournament with a win over short-handed Southern California.
Utah (14-17) hounded USC defensively in the first half and withstood a couple of second-half runs by the Trojans to earn a spot in today's quarterfinals against second-seeded California.
USC (14-18) gave the Utes a run despite playing without leading rebounder Dewayne Dedmon and backup center James Blasczyk, who were suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.
Arizona St. 89, Stanford 88, OT
At Las Vegas, Jahii Carson scored five of his 34 points in overtime, Carrick Felix had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Arizona State held off Stanford in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament.
Meeting for the second time this season, the Cardinal and Sun Devils traded 3-pointers, dunks and small runs in an entertaining opener to the four-day tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Arizona State (21-11), the tournament's ninth seed, went up six with about 2 minutes left in regulation, but Stanford (18-14) rallied, tying it at 79 on Aaron Bright's four-point play with 38 seconds left.