Joseph's 30 carry Oregon past Stanford
EUGENE — Oregon's Devoe Joseph followed his worst game of the season with the best game of his career.
Joseph tortured Stanford with 3-pointers and clutch free throws en route to 30 points in a 78-67 victory in the Ducks' Pac-12 home opener.
It was quite a turnaround for Joseph, the top scorer for Oregon (11-4, 2-1). He was coming off a four-point, 1-for-13 shooting performance Saturday against Washington.
But against the Cardinal (12-3, 2-1), Joseph made 9 of 15 from the floor, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range.
"My teammates trusted me," said Joseph, a senior guard whose previous best was 23 points in 2009 when he was a freshman at Minnesota. His previous best as a Duck was 19.
E.J. Singler scored 13 points for the Ducks, who went 10 for 12 from the free throw line in the final 3 minutes.
Oregon is off to its best start since opening 12-4 in 2006-07 and is 9-0 this season when scoring at least 70.
"There was a little electricity tonight in the ballgame," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "We've been kind of lacking that at home. We haven't given them much to cheer about, but we haven't been energized at home."
Josh Owens led the Cardinal (12-3, 2-1) with 19 points. He had 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the first half but picked up his third foul early in the second and sat out nearly 7 minutes.
"They played him well," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "We were able to get the ball to him some, but by and large they gave a real good effort tonight."
Aaron Bright also scored 14 points for the Cardinal, and John Gage added 13.
Oregon led 34-32 at halftime and fell behind only once in the second half, following a 3-pointer by Gage that made it 50-49 with 10:50 to play.
But Joseph followed with a quick 3-pointer in transition and then another on Oregon's next possession from the corner to make it 55-50.
"I just got a lot of good looks tonight," said Joseph, who scored 18 points in the second half. "We were going fast, and I got them in mixed up situations and I just got open."
Forward Tyrone Nared, who missed six games with a small tear in his left MCL, returned to the lineup and had 5 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes.
"We don't have a lot of rah-rah guys that get us going in the locker room, so when Ty came back he brought energy off the bench," Oregon center Tony Woods said.
The Ducks' 78 points were the most scored against Stanford all season and marked only the third time a team had gotten at least 70. Oregon also shot 48 percent from the floor against a defense that had been holding opponents to an average of 39.5 percent.
Altman said Joseph was the one who sparked Oregon's offense.
"Devoe had a big ballgame that kind of saved us," Altman said. "I'm really happy for Devoe. He felt really bad after that Washington game."
UCLA 65, Arizona 58
At Anaheim, Calif., Travis Wear scored a career-high 20 points, his twin brother David Wear added 14 points and UCLA held on over the final 5:18 to beat Arizona and stop a two-game skid.
The Bruins (8-7, 1-2) won their first Pac-12 game after losing at Stanford and California last weekend to avoid the program's first 0-3 start in league play since 1987-88. Lazeric Jones added 13 points. Solomon Hill had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Jesse Perry added 13 points for the Wildcats (10-5, 1-1), who had their three-game winning streak end at Honda Center, where the Bruins played the third of four games as the home team. The game was billed as the John R. Wooden Classic, which has typically been played as a doubleheader in December.
Colorado 87, Washington 69
At Boulder, Colo., Carlon Brown scored 18 points and Colorado used balanced scoring to defeat Washington.
Spencer Dinwiddie and Austin Dufault had 13 points each Colorado (10-4, 2-0 Pac-12), which had five players in double figures. Askia Booker added 12 and Nate Tomlinson 11 for the Buffaloes, who won their fifth straight.
Tony Wroten led Washington (8-6, 2-1) with 21 points. C.J. Wilcox had 19 and Terrence Ross 13 for the Huskies, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Washington has dropped all three of its road games this season. The Huskies made a minor dent in a 10-point halftime deficit when Ross made two layups in the first two minutes to cut the lead to 42-36. The Buffaloes regained a double-digit edge, 48-37, on a fast-break basket by Tomlinson and a free throw by Dinwiddie with 16:46 left, and Washington never threatened again.
Utah 62, Washington 60, OT
At Salt Lake City, Josh Watkins scored 20 points and made the winning jumper in overtime as Utah got its first Pac-12 conference win by beating Washington State.
Jason Washburn had 11 points and Dijon Farr 10 before fouling out in regulation as the Utes (4-10, 1-1) rebounded from back-to-back losses of more than 30 points each.
Brock Motum had 27 points and eight rebounds and Faisel Aiden scored 11 points, but the Cougars (9-6, 1-2) couldn't overcome 10 of 22 free-throw shooting and crucial turnovers.
In overtime, Washington State's Reggie Moore missed a jumper with 12 seconds left. Watkins rushed down the court, freed himself with a behind-the-back dribble and made a 14-foot jumper with 3.3 seconds remaining. The Cougars had to go the full length of the court, and DaVon Lacy dribbled off his leg out of bounds with 1.5 seconds left. The Utes inbounded to Watkins, who threw the ball high in the air to run out the clock.
Arizona State 62, USC 53
At Los Angeles, Carrick Felix scored a career-high 22 points, Trent Lockett had 19 points and nine rebounds and undermanned Arizona State beat Southern California.
Freshman Jonathan Gilling scored 12 points in his first college start for Arizona St. (5-9, 1-1 Pac-12), which was without three key players. Starters Keala King and Kyle Cain and reserve Chris Colvin were suspended by coach Herb Sendek for "unacceptable conduct."
Aaron Fuller led USC (5-11, 0-3) with 14 points. Maurice Jones scored 13 and Byron Wesley added 10. The Sun Devils, who snapped a four-game losing streak, shot a season-best 61.1 percent and made 7 of 13 3-point attempts.