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UCLA rallies, tops Oregon in OT 87-84

Oregon's Payton Pritchard, left, reacts as UCLA's Jules Bernard, center, and Jalen Hill, right, as they close the gap on the Ducks in the closing seconds of regulation. 

EUGENE — Prince Ali had 22 points, including four in overtime, and UCLA scored the final seven points to outlast Oregon 87-84 on Thursday night.

Jaylen Hands added 16 points and hit the go-ahead jumper with 47 seconds left for the Bruins (10-6, 3-0), who won in Eugene for the first time in five years. Moses Brown, who had 10 points and 11 rebounds, made one of two free throws for the final point.

UCLA trailed by 17 in the second half and was down 76-68 with 45 seconds to go in regulation when Hands made a 3-pointer and a 3-point play to cut the deficit to two. The Bruins outscored Oregon 12-4 to finish regulation at 80-80.

Chris Smith tied the score with 0.7 seconds left with a rebound basket off Hands’ intentional miss from the foul line, but Smith missed his free throw and the Ducks rebounded to force overtime.

Kris Wilkes had 14 points for UCLA and Jalen Hill had 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. The Bruins saw their 23 turnovers converted into 32 points by the Ducks, who had 13 steals.

Freshman Louis King scored a season-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for Oregon (9-6, 0-2), and Victor Bailey Jr. had 20 points. Paul White added 16 points.

UCLA made 10 of its first 11 shots to lead 22-17 but then went 1 for its next 14 to trail by 11 points with two minutes left in the half. Even worse, the Bruins struggled to handle the ball against Oregon’s half-court pressure and surrendered 19 points off 14 turnovers spread among seven players. Nine came on steals by the Ducks.

Oregon went ahead behind Bailey’s nine points during a 14-2 run for a 39-28 lead. Kris Wilkes, who had six of his seven turnovers in the first half, hit a 3 at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 39-32.

WASHINGTON 69, UTAH 53

Nazieh Carter scored a career-high 18 points and David Crisp added 17 points to lead Washington over Utah 69-53 on Thursday night.

Crisp was 5 of-7 and Carter 3 of 4 from beyond the arc and the Husky defense held the Utes to season low in points.

Jayce Johnson led the Utes with 12 points before leaving the game in the final minutes after getting hit in the face and falling to the court. Donnie Tillman had 10 for the Utes, who missed 24 of their 30 3-point attempts.

Both teams were knocked from their normal offensive flows by the defensive pressure at times. The Utes also played man-to-man defense but the Huskies stuck with their trademark zone and extended it to chase the Utes off the 3-point line or force awkward attempts.

The Huskies’ quick hands and length created dozens of deflections, forced 16 turnovers and nine blocked shots. The Utes were determined to pass into the middle of the zone but even when the ball got there, they often couldn’t navigate the gauntlet of collapsing defenders.

Washington won its first true road game and has now logged four wins in a row, snapping Utah’s six-game winning streak in the series.

Following his season high of 23 against Washington State last week, Crisp had a no-hesitation release even when closely guarded. Utah led 15-13 before Crisp buried four straight 3s. Since Pac-12 play began, the Huskies have suddenly found their touch from beyond the arc, hitting 41 percent.

Jaylen Nowell and Noah Dickerson, Washington’s leading scorers, had a combined two points at halftime and yet the Huskies led 38-30.

COLORADO 92, WASHINGTON STATE 60

Colorado put a tough road stretch in the rear-view mirror with a big win at home.

Tyler Bey scored a career-high 26 points, Shane Gatling had 17 and the Colorado Buffaloes routed short-handed Washington State 92-60 Thursday night for its first conference win of the season.

“I think that we just played for each other today, we found our groove,” Bey said. “The groove that we had at the beginning of the season when we were winning games. Then we had that slump but we are working through it. On Saturday (against Washington) we are going to have an even better game. I guarantee it.”

Bey added 10 rebounds for his seventh career double-double. D’Shawn Schwartz added 16 points and McKinley Wright IV had 10 for Colorado (10-5, 1-2 Pac-12), which opened conference play last week with losses at Arizona and Arizona State and finish 2-4 on a six-game road trip.

“It feels great. We definitely needed that for our confidence but we’re not satisfied,” Schwartz said.

It was the fifth straight loss for Washington State, which was held to a season low in points and remained winless away from home this season, dropping to 0-7. Washington State (7-8, 0-2) was without its leading scorer, Robert Franks Jr., who missed a fourth game due to a hip contusion.

Marvin Cannon had 14 points to lead the Cougars, who have yet to win in eight trips to Boulder. Jeff Pollard and Isaiah Wade added 12 points apiece.

“They ran waves and waves of athletes at us and really took control of the game again,” Cougars coach Ernie Kent said. “It’s a learning lesson for particularly these new guys. We are going to have to regroup out here on the road and play with a lot more toughness.”

GONZAGA 67, PACIFIC 36

Josh Perkins had 14 points and six assists, and No. 5 Gonzaga beat Pacific 67-36 on Thursday night, the sixth straight win for the Bulldogs.

Zach Norvell Jr. scored 11 points for Gonzaga (15-2, 2-0 West Coast Conference), which has beaten the Tigers 13 consecutive times. Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke each scored 10 points, and Clarke had five blocks.

Roberto Gallinat scored nine points to lead Pacific (10-8, 0-3).

Pacific was held to its lowest point total of the season after shooting just 26.7 percent and committing 22 turnovers. Gonzaga also scored a season low.

Pacific used a slow-down offense to keep the score close in the early going. The teams were tied 10-10 midway through the first.

Then Gonzaga broke the game open.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Norvell and Perkins highlighted a 24-5 run that put Gonzaga ahead 34-15 at halftime.

Pacific shot just 27.8 percent in the first, while Gonzaga shot 56.5 percent.

Gonzaga slowly added to its lead in the second half.

Jeremy Jones’ 3-pointer put Gonzaga up 50-26 midway through the second.

The Zags went on an 11-1 run to push their lead to 61-27.

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