Oregon was hoping to rebound in more ways than one against Ar
Oregon was hoping to rebound in more ways than one against Arizona State, so Zack Sellers was ready.
Still, it appeared the Ducks would leave Tempe with another loss Thursday night when Kenya Wilkins’ shot with one second remaining hit nothing.
But that was good for Oregon because the air ball _ not delayed by hitting the rim _ went right to a leaping Sellers. He barely beat the buzzer with a putback, enabling the Ducks to beat the 15th-ranked Sun Devils for the first time in seven visits.
``We worked all week on our rebounding. Coach emphasized boxing out,″ Sellers said after Oregon won 73-72.
He got the last of 15 offensive rebounds for the Ducks, who held a 40-33 edge overall.
``We get to crunch time, and we need to get all the rebounds we can,″ said Ron Riley, who scored 21 points. ``We had this one.″
Oregon (18-6, 8-5 Pac-10) won despite the absence of one its biggest weapons _ the 3-point basket. The Ducks missed their first 14 long-range shots and finished 2-for-17.
Much of the credit for Oregon’s third victory in 14 meetings with Arizona State belonged to the Ducks’ reserves.
``I’m so proud of the team,″ said Jeff Potter, who scored 12 points in 24 minutes as coach Jerry Green pulled his starters early in the second half. ``A lot of people, including myself, maybe had some doubts, but we came back.
``What a booster _ playing as bad as we did _ to have five guys come off the bench and steady us.″
Starter Henry Madden had 11 points and seven rebounds. Reserve Damon Runyon scored nine of his 11 points in the second half.
Mario Bennett had 19 and 11 rebounds for the Sun Devils (19-7, 9-5).
Elsewhere in games involving ranked teams, it was No. 2 UCLA 104, California 88; Temple 72, No. 5 Massachusetts 63; No. 13 Ariona 83, Oregon State 69; and No. 19 Stanford 90, Southern Cal 78.
After Darryl Parker’s 3-pointer with 2:08 left put Oregon ahead 71-70, Arizona State’s Marcell Capers scored with 22 seconds remaining.
The Ducks got the ball out of bounds twice, the second time when Oregon’s Orlando Williams dribbled off his foot. Williams, who scored 12 points, and Ariona State’s Isaac Burton dived for it, resulting in a jump ball with 5.9 seconds left. The possession arrow pointed to Oregon, and the inbounds pass went to Wilkins.
Oregon dropped 11 of its 13 previous games with the Sun Devils, but the Ducks won this one by holding the Arizona State to one field goal in the final 6 1/2 minutes _ Bennett’s layup for a 70-66 lead with 3:21 to go.
``It’s the same old story,″ coach Bill Frieder said. ``You need to play well for 40 minutes to win.″
No. 2 UCLA 104, California 88
Ed O’Bannon tied a school record with seven 3-point baskets during a 27-point performance for the Bruins, who had lost three straight against the Bears.
George Zidek added a career-high 25 points and Tyus Edney had 14 for the Bruins, who won their eighth straight since a 100-93 loss to Cal at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 28. Edney also had 11 assists.
UCLA (20-2, 13-2 Pac-10) shot a season-best 66.7 percent to keep Cal (12-10, 4-9 Pac-10) winless in six conference games at home.
O’Bannon made nine of 13 shots from the field, including 7-for-9 from 3-point range to tie Reggie Miller’s 1986 school record.
Monty Buckley led Cal with 19 points, and K.J Roberts scored 18.
Temple 72, No. 5 Massachusetts 63
Freshman Johnny Miller scored 25 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Temple’s outside shooting beat Massachusetts’ inside power as the Owls took the Minutemen for the first time in seven meetings.
The Owls (16-8, 9-5 Atlantic 10) lost a 15-point first-half lead, but were able to take control in the final 20 minutes when Miller hit five 3-pointers.
Visiting Massachusetts (20-4, 10-3) was only able to score inside against Temple’s zone defense, and most of that was by sophomore center Marcus Camby, who finished with 25 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
No. 13 Arizona 83, Oregon St. 69
Damon Stoudamire scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half when the Wildcats broke the game open with a 23-4 surge.
The visiting Beavers took a 48-46 lead early in the second half, but Stoudamire hit two 3-pointers in a 13-0 run to put Arizona (20-6, 10-4 Pac-10) ahead for good. His 21-footer with 13:33 left ended the run and put Arizona ahead 59-48.
Joseph Blair had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Arizona, while Ray Owes, scoreless in Sunday’s 72-70 loss to No. 2 UCLA, added 14.
Brent Barry led Oregon State (6-16, 3-10) with 25 points, eight steals and seven rebounds.
No. 19 Stanford 90, Southern Cal 78
Freshman center Tim Young overcame foul trouble and scored 12 of his 18 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half to spark the Cardinal.
Young was limited to just eight minutes in the first half because of early foul trouble. But his game came alive after halftime as Stanford (17-6, 8-6 Pac-10) pulled away from a 41-38 halftime advantage. The loss was the 10th straight for Southern Cal (7-17, 2-12).
Stanford point guard Brevin Knight had 14 points, 13 assists, nine rebounds and nine steals. The assists set a school record, and he just missed becoming the first Pac-10 player to post a quadruple double.
Lorenzo Orr scored 26 points to lead the Trojans.