Sun Devils hammer struggling Ducks
TEMPE, Ariz. — Seniors Rihards Kuksiks and Ty Abbott scored 22 points apiece in their next-to-last home game, and Arizona State sank 16 of 36 3-pointers to beat Oregon for the second time this season, 73-53 on Thursday night.
The last-place Sun Devils (11-18, 3-14) set season highs in 3-point makes and attempts. Kuksiks made a season-high seven 3s in 15 tries, while Abbott was 6 of 12 from long-range for Arizona State, which has won its last two home games and two of four overall after nine straight Pac-10 losses.
Jay-R Strowbridge scored 17 points for the Ducks (14-15, 7-10) in their third loss in a row.
Arizona State finished the game with a 22-8 run after Oregon had cut the lead to 51-45 with nine minutes to play.
Washington 70, UCLA 63
At Seattle, C.J. Wilcox awakened Washington's slumbering offense, scoring all of his career-high 24 points in the second half, and Washington overcame an off night from leading scorer Isaiah Thomas to beat UCLA.
Wilcox went to halftime scoreless, then carried the Huskies in the final 20 minutes. He hit his first two shots to start the second half and made 6 of 7 total in the second half, including five 3-pointers.
Washington State 85, USC 77
At Pullman, Wash., DeAngelo Casto scored 24 points and Klay Thompson added 22 to lead Washington State to an 85-77 victory against USC on Thursday night.
Faisal Aden scored 20 points for the Cougars (19-10, 9-8 Pac-10).
Nikola Vucevic led USC (17-13, 9-8) with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Maurice Jones added 16 points and Donte Smith 14.
Arizona State 75, Oregon 66
At Eugene, Kimberly Brandon scored 20 points and Arizona State needed a late run to put away Oregon.
Dymond Simon added 17 points and Becca Tobin had 15 points for the Sun Devils (18-9, 10-7 Pac-10), who won for the fourth time in five games as they make a late push to secure an NCAA tournament berth.
Amanda Johnson recorded 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Ducks (13-15, 4-13).
Arizona 50, Oregon State 46
At Corvallis, Ify Ibekwe scored 15 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to help Arizona hold off Oregon State.
Davellyn Whyte scored 16 points for the Wildcats (18-10, 9-8 Pac-10), who have won five of their last six games.
Earlysia Marchbanks finished with 16 points for Oregon State (9-19, 2-15).