SEATTLE — Fortunately for the Oregon Ducks, when their offense suddenly disappeared their defense stepped up.
Payton Pritchard scored 14 points and Paul White added 13 as Oregon turned back a late rally by Washington to preserve a 72-64 victory on Saturday to end the Pac-12 Conference regular season.
Washington, which trailed 44-29 at the half, used a 9-2 run to pull within 68-64 with 3:12 remaining, but failed to score the rest of the way.
“We got some stops,” said Oregon coach Dana Altman. “We got real stagnant offensively there and had really bad turnovers the second half. Not only at the end, but throughout the half. We had nine the second half after only having four the first half.”
David Crisp had 19 points and Noah Dickerson 18 for Washington (20-11, 10-8). Troy Brown added 12 points for the Ducks (20-11, 10-8).
“When you’re playing a game like that and you’re down 15 with eight (minutes) to go and you’re cutting it, we’ve got the crowd rolling, everything almost has to go right,” said Washington coach Mike Hopkins. “We got in positions, we have to trust each other. Sometimes, we’re trying to make a positive play, but you’ve got to trust each other.”
Crisp had seven consecutive points to trigger Washington’s run. Two free throws by Dickerson made 68-64. But, the Huskies missed their final five field goal attempts and Dickerson, who made his first 10 free attempts, missed the front end of the bonus with 27 seconds left.
After pulling within 68-64, the Huskies turned it over on their next two possessions and then missed their final five field goal attempts.
Oregon closed the first half with a 14-2 run for a 44-29 lead at the break. The Huskies went the final 6:11 without a field goal, scoring their only four points from the free-throw line during that span.
OREGON ST. 92, WASHINGTON ST. 67
Ethan Thompson scored 23 points while dishing out six assists and Oregon State embarrassed Washington State, 92-67 on Saturday.
Oregon State (15-15, 7-11 Pac-12) blew things open from the start going on a 20-2 run over the course of 5:17. The Beavers shot 61 percent from the field in the first half and increased the lead to a 25-point margin at halftime, 54-29.
Three Beaver players scored in double digits by halftime with Thompson scoring 15.
Tres Tinkle added 18 points with 12 rebounds and five assists for the Beavers, Stephen Thompson Jr. added 18 and Drew Eubanks contributed 12.
Steven Shpreyregin was the leading scorer for Washington State (12-18, 4-14 Pac-12) with a career-high 10 points. Malachi Flynn had nine points and four assists, and Robert Franks added eight points and four rebounds.
No. 19 ARIZONA 66, CALIFORNIA 54
Deandre Ayton had 26 points and 20 rebounds, helping No. 19 Arizona clinch the Pac-12 regular-season title outright with a 66-54 victory over California on Saturday.
Arizona (24-7, 14-4) had the title in its sights for its seniors’ final home game. Instead of rolling against the Pac-12’s last-place team, the Wildcats had a hard time shaking the Bears (8-23, 2-16).
Arizona closed the game with a 13-1 run, finishing off its fifth Pac-12 title in six seasons in the final home game for seniors Dusan Ristic, Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Keanu Pinder.
Allonzo Trier, Arizona’s second-leading scorer, had a rough final home game of the 2017-18 season, finishing with two points on 1-of-10 shooting, including 0 for 7 on 3-pointers.
Justice Seung had 17 points to lead the Bears, who ended the regular season with seven straight losses.
STANFORD 84, ARIZONA STATE 83
Dorian Pickens, playing just down the road from where he grew up, scored all 20 of his points in the second half for Stanford and the Cardinal held on through a wild final minute to beat the Sun Devils 84-83 on Saturday, a damaging blow to Arizona State’s NCAA Tournament hopes.
Reid Travis had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Kz Okpala 18 points and 10 boards for the Cardinal (17-14, 11-7 Pac-12), who have won four of their last five.
Tra Holder had 19 points, Shannon Evans 17 and Remy Martin 14 for Arizona State (20-10, 8-10).
Daejon Davis’ spin move for a layup proved to be the winning basket with 42 seconds left.
Arizona State, down 19 early in the second half, tied it at 82 on Kodi Justice’s 3-pointer with 1:13 left but Justice missed three of four free throws in the final 20 seconds.
Pickens made 6-of-10 shots in the second half, including 5-of-9 3s.
UTAH 64, COLORADO 54
Justin Bibbins scored 24 points, including six 3-pointers, to help Utah survive a sluggish second half and beat Colorado 64-54 on Saturday.
Sedrick Barefield chipped in 14 points in his return after a two-game absence and Donnie Tillman scored 10 for the Utes. Utah (19-10, 11-7 Pac-12) clinched the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament.
McKinley Wright IV scored 16 points and Lucas Siewert added 11 to lead Colorado. The Buffaloes (16-14, 8-10 Pac-12) lost for fourth time in five games.
Colorado trailed by as many as 18 points before halftime, but cut Utah’s lead to 57-52 on Wright’s layup with 1:23 left. The Buffaloes got no closer. Bibbins hit his final 3-pointer on the next possession and then Barefield made four free throws in the final minute to seal it.
The Utes scored on four straight possessions — starting and finishing with layups from Donnie Tillman — to finish off a 14-0 run and take a 39-21 lead with 1:15 left before halftime.
UCLA 83, USC 72
Aaron Holiday scored 34 points, Kris Wilkes added 22 and UCLA rallied over the final eight minutes to beat Southern California 83-72 on Saturday.
Holiday and Wilkes notched career highs while engineering the Bruins’ comeback and stopping their two-game skid. UCLA (20-10, 11-7 Pac-12) trailed by eight early in the second half after being down 10 in the first half.
The Trojans (21-10, 12-6) had already clinched second place in the league.
Jordan McLaughlin led USC with 19 points, Chimezie Metu had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Elijah Stewart added 12 points.
Holiday’s basket tied the game at 60-all. USC led just once after that and got outscored 23-12 over the final eight minutes. The Trojans were held to just two field goals in that stretch.