Oregon at Oregon St.
When: 7 p.m. Friday
CORVALLIS — Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said games at Oregon State have gone down to the wire, with both teams fighting tooth and nail.
It was no different on Sunday with a late turnover preserving a 66-64 win for Utah State. The Utes’ defense caused a lengthy second-half scoring drought for the Beavers and came up with the late stops that eluded the squad in the last two seasons.
Oregon at Oregon St.
When: 7 p.m. Friday
“We just locked in, and there was a nice blend of zone and man,” Krystkowiak said.
Justin Bibbins scored 18 points with four 3-pointers and six assists as Utah held on late to beat Oregon State.
“We’re going to play every game with a chip on our shoulder,” said Bibbins, a point guard and graduate transfer who played for Long Beach State last season.
David Collette added 12 points for the Utes (10-3, 2-0 Pac-12), who were helped out by a game-saving Oregon State turnover with 1.4 seconds on the clock.
Tres Tinkle had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists and Stephen Thompson Jr. added 13 points for the Beavers (9-5, 1-1).
The Beavers led by six in the second half when Utah went on a 16-2 run, capped by a Sedrick Barefield free throw with 3:37 left, to go ahead 63-55. The swarming Utes defense held the Beavers without a field goal for eight minutes.
Oregon State promptly responded with a 7-0 surge, capped by an Alfred Hollins dunk, to trail 63-62 with a minute remaining.
Bibbins was fouled in the lane on Utah’s next possession and sank both free throws. With 27.5 seconds left, Tinkle was fouled and made two free throws to make the score 65-64. Barefield was fouled, but made only one.
The Beavers had the ball with 20 seconds left, but Hollins and Tinkle missed 3-pointers and a put-back by Thompson bounced off the rim, resulting in a jump ball, with the possession arrow going to Oregon State with 1.4 seconds remaining.
The baseline official ruled that Ethan Thompson moved along the baseline and awarded possession to Utah. Hollins intercepted the Utah pass but his half court heave was off the mark.
“The guys scrapped. We got the ball out of bounds, and it just didn’t go in our favor,” said Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle.
Utah shot 48 percent for the game — and also on 3-pointers, going 11-for-23. Oregon State shot 42 percent.
The Utes led 38-32 at the half.
Oregon State went on a 11-3 surge to open the second half, propelled by two Thompson 3-pointers, to take a 43-41 lead.
Oregon 77, Colorado 62: EUGENE — Troy Brown had a season-high 21 points and seven rebounds, and Elijah Brown added 17 points to help lead Oregon.Kenny Wooten had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks (11-4, 1-1 Pac-12). Payton Pritchard added 12 points.
The Buffaloes (8-6, 0-2) were led by Namon Wright with 20 points, and McKinley Wright had 13 points and seven assists.
Colorado outrebounded Oregon 32-30 but finished with 20 turnovers and a season-low eight free-throw attempts.
The Ducks’ press fueled a 13-2 run, after Buffaloes had pulled within four points early in the second half, to open a 52-37 lead. Colorado trailed by double figures the rest of the way.
Troy Brown, a freshman, and Elijah Brown, a graduate transfer, combined to shoot 13 of 22 from the field as Oregon made 26 of 51 overall and hit 19-of-22 free throws.
Southern California 89, Washington St. 71: LOS ANGELES — Elijah Stewart 17 scored and Bennie Boatwright added 13 points to lead Southern California (10-5, 1-1 Pac-12) over Washington State (8-6, 0-2). After starting the season 6-0, the Cougars have lost six of its last eight games.
UCLA 74, Washington 53: LOS ANGELES — Freshman Kris Wilkes scored a career-high 21 points and Aaron Holiday had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead UCLA (11-3, 2-0) over Washington (11-4, 1-1).
No. 2 Michigan St. 108, Savannah St. 52: EAST LANSING, Mich. — Nick Ward scored 21 points to help Michigan State to the rout. Miles Bridges added 19 points and 21 rebounds for the Spartans (14-1). They won their 13th in a row and have scored 100 points in four consecutive games for the first time in school history.
No. 16 Kentucky 66, Georgia 61: LEXINGTON, Ky. — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored five of his 21 points down the stretch as Kentucky (11-2) added several clutch late baskets to rally past Georgia in its Southeastern Conference opener.
No. 21 Cincinnati 82, Memphis 48: HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — Gary Clark had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season and Jarron Cumberland scored 15 points as Cincinnati (12-2) extended the nation’s longest active home-court winning streak to 34.
No. 23 Seton Hall 75, St. John’s 70: NEWARK, N.J. — Khadeen Carrington scored 24 points to help Seton Hall (13-2) beat St. John’s at the Prudential Center. Desi Rodriguez added 23 points and nine rebounds for the Pirates.
No. 25 Creighton 83, Providence 64: OMAHA, Neb. — Marcus Foster scored 18 points and Creighton beat cold-shooting Providence. Toby Hegner matched his season high with 15 points to help the Bluejays (11-3, 1-1 Big East) bounce back from a road loss to Seton Hall in their conference opener.