Beavers suffer setback at home
CORVALLIS — Brock Motum says not much has changed during his recent offensive hot streak, but his coaches and teammates say something different.
The Washington State forward had his lowest point total of the last four games Thursday with 24, but it was still enough to help the Cougars get past Oregon State for an 83-73 win.
Motum has averaged more than 27 points the last four contests, including a career-high 34 in a Jan. 28 loss at Arizona State.
But the Australian was hesitant to say anything is different for him. He's more concerned with winning.
"Nah, I've just been doing the same thing all year. It's good tonight that we won the game," said Motum, a 6-foot-10 forward who also had nine rebounds.
D.J. Shelton added 14 points for the Cougars (13-11, 5-7 Pac-12), who had lost three of their previous four games.
Jared Cunningham had 33 points and six rebounds for Oregon State (15-9, 5-7).
Washington State led by 15 points at halftime, and stretched the margin to 59-41 on consecutive baskets, the second by Shelton off a steal with 13:15 left.
The Cougars eventually led by 19. The Beavers got as close as nine in the closing minutes.
Washington State shot 28 of 54 from the field, while Oregon State was 22 of 59.
"I felt like our defense was decent," Cougars coach Ken Bone said. "I don't know if it was as much our defense as it was Oregon State didn't play as well as they're capable of playing."
Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said he was afraid his team might be due for a letdown given how well it had been playing at home.
The Beavers were 10-2 at Gill Coliseum entering Thursday's game, including 3-1 in conference play. The only Pac-12 loss came in four overtimes against Stanford.
"It's a disappointing performance," Robinson said.
Oregon State had no defensive answer for Washington State when the Cougars had the ball inside or out.
Guard Marcus Capers, who had 12 points, and Shelton, a forward, have had their two highest-scoring games of the season against Oregon State. Capers scored 12 points and Shelton nine against the Beavers in Washington State's 81-76 home win in Spokane, Wash., on Dec. 31.
Robinson was particularly unhappy with his team's play against the Cougars' bigger players.
"I was trying to find a guy who could come in and do something," Robinson said. "You can't win this game part-time playing."
It was Motum leading the way, with 13 points and six rebounds in the second half.
Cunningham, the Pac-12 scoring leader at 17.2 points entering the game, started quickly, scoring eight of Oregon State's first nine points.
Washington State took the lead for good in the first half at 19-17 on Motum's dunk 11:13 left.
UCLA 72, Stanford 61
At Los Angeles, Lazeric Jones scored 21 points and UCLA pulled away with a late 10-0 run to beat Stanford.
Travis Wear added 13 points and Jerime Anderson 12 for the Bruins (14-10, 7-5 Pac-12), who improved to 11-3 at home and have won four of their last five overall.
Stanford (16-8, 6-6) hasn't won a road game against the Bruins or Southern California since 2004-05, going 0 for 13 in that stretch. The Cardinal visits the Trojans on Sunday.
California 75, USC 49
At Los Angeles, Harper Kamp scored 19 points, Allen Crabbe had 18 and California cruised to a win.
Crabbe went 8 of 12 from the floor and Kamp was 9 of 11. Cal, the Pac-12's top-shooting team, shot 55.7 percent from the floor.
Arizona 71, Colorado 57
At Tucson, Ariz., Jessie Perry scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, Solomon Hill had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Arizona grinded out a win.
Arizona (17-8, 8-4 Pac-12) labored for stretches offensively, but played solid defense throughout to keep itself within reach of the Pac-12 lead. The Wildcats steadily built the lead to nine midway through the second half. And Perry, with some help from Hill, made sure Colorado didn't come back.
Perry also had 11 rebounds and Kyle Fogg added 15 points for Arizona.
Arizona St. 57, Utah 52
At Tempe, Ariz., Carrick Felix scored 15 points, including a pair of critical free throws with 11.7 seconds to play, and Arizona State held off Utah.
Trent Lockett had 12 points, along with an assist on Felix's dunk with 47 seconds remaining, in his first game back after missing six games with a sprained right ankle. The Sun Devils had gone 1-5 in Lockett's absence. Chris Hines was the only player in double figures for Utah (5-19, 2-10) with 10 points, but he made just 3 of 15 shots.
Oregon St. 51, Washington St. 39
At Pullman, Wash., Thais Pinto scored 12 points and Oregon State defeated Washington State 51-39 Thursday night despite making just 1 of 24 3-point shots.
Sage Indendi added 10 points for the Beavers (16-7, 7-5 Pac-12), who shot 32 percent overall from the floor.
Washington 72, Oregon 69
At Seattle, Jazmine Davis led all scorers with 27 points, helping Washington hang on for a win.
Regina Rogers added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Washington (13-9, 5-7), and Kellie McCann-Smith scored 12 points.
Amanda Johnson led Oregon (13-11, 5-7) with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
The Ducks were down three points with 4.5 seconds left and Washington's Mollie Williams at the free-throw line. Williams missed both free throws but scrambled back to steal the ball from Oregon's Danielle Love before the Ducks could take a shot.