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Wrapping up the weekend: Colorado edges Oregon to stay in second place, Cal rebounds from loss with blowout

The Huskies maintained their lead in the Pac-12, while Colorado and Cal kept pace.

Colorado 72, Oregon 71 at the Coors Event Center

A lot of controversy surrounding this game as the Buffaloes won the game on Nate Tomlinson's free throw with .1 seconds remaining. I didn't see the call at the end that rewarded him free throws. But if the Pac-12 refs are involved, I can imagine anything is possible.

From Ryan Thorburn's game story ...

Nate Tomlinson's free throw with one second left on the clock sent patrons into a frenzy and Ducks head coach Dana Altman chasing after the officials.

"Of course,"

Tomlinson said when asked if he was fouled by E.J. Singler.

And the Oregon view?

"Just part of the game," said Altman, who decided to take the high road after a cooling off period.

Olu Ashaolu had tied the score and was fouled with 7.6 seconds left, but the senior forward missed his and-one free throw into the teeth of the student section.

Tomlinson wisely attacked the basket and got the call. The senior point guard missed the second free throw on purpose to force a full-court shot at the buzzer by the Ducks that was not close.

"Obviously, he got fouled," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "You officiate the game from start to finish. We got to the rim. If a kid gets fouled, it's a foul. ... I didn't have a beef with that call (on Ashaolu's basket)."As mad as Altman was immediately after the game, he didn't say much postgame, neither did E.J. Singler. In the story from the Oregonian and the story from Register Guard.

“The point guard made a good play,” Singler said. “Got to the rim, attacked, ref made the call. I felt like I did the right thing, and the kid made a good play.”

Here's the

postgame quote sheet

from Colorado.

California 68, Arizona State 47 at Haas Pavilion.

After losing to Arizona on Thursday, Cal rebounded with an easy win over Sun Devils. At one point, Cal led by as much as 32.

Of course, the bigger news are the injuries suffered by starters Allen Crabbe and Harper Kamp. But head coach Mike Montgomery shrugged them off postgame.

From Jeff Faurado's game story ...

Just a little sprain and a dislocated finger," he said, dismissing the question.

Injuries aside, it was a good day for the Bears (18-6, 8-3), who held onto a piece of second place in the Pac-12 standings and rebounded nicely from their first defeat of the season at Haas Pavilion. Cal is 15-1 at home.

Crabbe scored 19 points two days after the Bears lost to Arizona, and the Bears led by as many as 31 points against the 10th-place Sun Devils (7-16, 3-8).

Crabbe seemed to injure his right foot early in the second half, and Kamp had two fingers on his right hand taped after a first-half incident.

Crabbe, the Bears' leading scorer, had 14 points by halftime as Cal forged a 34-16 lead. But with about 15 minutes left, he hurt his foot or ankle when 7-foot-2 ASU center Jordan Bachynski landed on him in a scramble for a loose ball.

Crabbe reached down and grabbed his right foot after missing a 3-point try but made a 15-foot shot a few seconds later, then left the game at the next timeout.

He returned a few minutes later and made one more 3-pointer before sitting down with 9:17 left and the Bears ahead 56-28.

A 6-foot-6 sophomore guard, Crabbe was seen wearing a protective boot Tuesday and did not practice that day, but he played

against Arizona.

Kamp, one of two senior starters, injured his finger six minutes into the game but returned and played 26 minutes.

"It's basketball," Montgomery said. "Stuff's going to happen."Here's John Crumpacker's game story from the SF Chronicle and as well as Doug Haller's game story from the Arizona Republic.

"We are just not playing nearly good enough to have a chance to be competitive in this league on the road," ASU coach Herb Sendek said.
Arizona 56, Stanford 43 at Maples Pavilion

Arizona completed the Bay Area sweep with a win over the Cardinal. It was a close game late, but Stanford had an awful sequences of possessions that included a bad shot and then back to back turnovers from Chasson Randle.

From Bruce Pascoe's game story ...

"The thought with us is you expected us to give up," said Fogg, who led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points. "But nobody gave up. Coaches. Players. Managers. Nobody. We all believed that we're still in this thing. We had a great week of practice and we were able to get these two wins."

There was sound reasoning for the skepticism, of course. The Wildcats were floating in mediocrity, just 5-4 in Pac-12 play entering the weekend, without a sweep of any Pac-12 two-game weekend at home or on the road this season.

California, meanwhile, was in first place and undefeated at home and Stanford had not lost at Maples Pavilion in Pac-12 play.

But underneath those ominous signs, there was some positive history. Arizona (now 16-8 overall and 7-4 in the Pac-12) had actually won three of its previous four games in the Bay Area, and is now 8-4 at Cal and Stanford over the past six seasons.Here's the "Seen and Heard" from the game.

Here's Stephanie Hammon's game story for the Bay Area News Group.

UCLA 63, Washington State 60 at Beasley Coliseum

Watched this game and WSU had its chances. But they were unable to get the ball to Brock Motum late in the game, and they looked lost offensively -- way too many turnovers. It equals 19 straight losses at home to UCLA

From Christian Caple's game story ...

PULLMAN – Whether it’s been by superior talent, execution or late-game savvy, the UCLA Bruins hadn’t lost a men’s basketball here since 1993 entering Saturday’s game.They still haven’t. But on this day, it wasn’t so much about the Bruins outplaying Washington State as it was the Cougars simply failing to take care of the ball.

The Bruins scored 18 points off WSU’s 15 turnovers, coupling that with Josh Smith’s 19 points to hand the Cougars a frustrating 63-60 loss at Beasley Coliseum, their first defeat in Pullman this season.

“Take half that back,” junior forward Brock Motum said of UCLA’s 18 points off turnovers, “and we win the game by six or whatever.”

“We don’t have a defense for those turnovers that end up in breakaway layups,” coach Ken Bone said. “That really hurt us in tonight’s game.”

Oregon State 76, Utah 58 at the Jon M. Huntsman Center

  • Here is John Hunt's game story in the Oregonian  and the AP story from the Gazette Times.
  • From the Salt Lake Tribune, here's Bill Oram's game story ... and this story on Jason Washburn's career game for blocks.