Stanford tops No. 21 Utah in OT
STANFORD, Calif. — Rosco Allen scored five of his 17 points in overtime after banking in the tying basket with 10.5 seconds left in regulation, and Stanford took advantage of many missed free throws to beat No. 21 Utah 70-68 on Friday night in the Pac-12 opener for both schools.
The Utes (11-3, 0-1) got one final play with 7 seconds left and Lorenzo Bonam drove into traffic and traveled.
Utah — the best free-throw shooting team in the conference coming in at 73.2 percent — missed four free throws in the final 18.9 seconds of regulation.
Brandon Taylor missed two with 1.8 seconds left after two misses by Jordan Loveridge with 18.9 to play. Loveridge missed two more with 2:27 to go in overtime.
Allen then drove the baseline for a dunk in OT. His long jumper with 1:31 left in the extra period put Stanford ahead again.
Freshman Marcus Sheffield scored a season-high 17 points and Marcus Allen added 14 for Stanford (8-4, 1-0), which made 10 of its first 18 shots out of halftime to get back in the game.
Jakob Poeltl, Utah's leading scorer at 17.8 points and one of four starters averaging in double figures, scored 16 points but fouled out before OT. He converted a three-point play with 2:22 to go in regulation as Michael Humphrey fouled out, then Poeltl fouled out with 39.6 seconds left.
The Utes missed a third straight game reaching 100 points.
Bonam scored 15 points and Kyle Kuzma added 14 as the Utes had their four-game winning streak snapped to begin the tough Bay Area road trip.
Rosco Allen's 3-pointer with 9:59 to play pulled Stanford within 45-43 then Humphrey's free throws at 9:30 tied it. Marcus Allen hit a 3 with 5:53 left that again kept the Cardinal close at 52-50.
Stanford opened conference play with a hard-fought win at Maples Pavilion hours after the Cardinal's 45-16 Rose Bowl victory over Iowa was shown on the arena's main scoreboard before the game. The basketball game drew 4,065 fans, about what was expected on a day that focused on football here.
The Utes had held their previous four opponents to a shooting average of 30.8 percent, then limited Stanford to 39 percent.
The Cardinal missed eight straight shots during a 2-for-14 stretch midway through the first half with three turnovers, but Utah also went cold in a 3:09 scoring drought.
The Utes still used a 9-0 run during that time on the way to a 30-21 halftime lead. Stanford shot 7 for 29 in the opening 20 minutes, missing all but one of its eight 3-point tries.
USC 90, WASHINGTON STATE 77: At Pullman, Wash., Nikola Jovanovic led Southern California with 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Trojans opened Pac-12 Conference play with a win.
Jordan McLaughlin added 19 points for the Trojans (12-2), who have won seven consecutive games. USC had lost 10 straight Pac-12 road games since winning March 6, 2014 at Washington State.
Josh Hawkinson led WSU (8-5) with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Ike Iroegbu, the only other Cougar with more than nine points, had 13.
USC led by 25 points three times in the first half before taking a 54-37 lead into the locker room. The 54 points in a half were a season high for USC and against Washington State.
McLaughlin, mixing jump shots with impressive drives to the basket, scored 16 points in the half on 7-for-9 shooting.