NCAA BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Arizona stifles Washington State
No. 1 Arizona opened its Pac-12 season with a 60-25 rout of Washington State on Thursday night, shattering the McKale Center record for fewest points by a team.
The 25 points were the fewest for Washington State since the Cougars had that many at Idaho on Jan. 15, 1938.
The previous McKale record for fewest points was 37 by Northern Arizona in 1989.
The Wildcats (14-0) took a 21-2 lead and were up 28-7 at halftime.
The Cougars (7-6) were without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who underwent an appendectomy on Saturday.
Kaleb Tarczewski, back after missing two games with a sprained ankle, had 11 points and was the only Arizona player to score in double figures.
NO. 4 WISCONSIN 76, NORTHWESTERN 49: Freshman reserve Nigel Hayes had a career-high 19 points, and Wisconsin remained unbeaten with a win in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Hayes went 8-for-12 from the field and had six rebounds. The prize recruit is averaging 15.3 points in his last three games.
Sam Dekker scored 15 points and Traevon Jackson had 10 for the Badgers (14-0, 1-0).
Alex Olah had a career-high 23 points for Northwestern (7-7).
NO. 8 WICHITA ST. 82, S. ILLINOIS 67: Fred VanVleet had 17 points, seven assists and two steals, and Wichita State remained unbeaten behind 62 percent shooting in its Missouri Valley Conference opener.
Cleanthony Early scored 23 points for the Shockers (14-0), the preseason conference favorites coming off a Final Four appearance. The 14-0 start is five wins better than the school’s previous best, and the 14-game winning streak matches the school mark set in 1953-54 under coach Ralph Miller.
Sean O’Brien and Desmar Jackson had 19 points apiece for Southern Illinois (4-10).
NO. 10 OREGON 70, UTAH 68, OT: Damyean Dotson stole a pass from Dallin Bachynski and scored on a breakaway dunk with 1 second left in overtime for unbeaten Oregon in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Richard Amardi had 14 points and Dominic Artis added 12 for the Ducks (13-0), who are off to their best start since winning 13 straight games to open the 2006-07 season.
Jordan Loveridge scored 21 points for Utah (11-2), while Delon Wright chipped in 14 and Bachynski added 11 points and 12 rebounds.
NO. 20 COLORADO 64, OREGON ST. 58: Josh Scott, Askia Booker and Jaron Hopkins all scored 13 points for Colorado in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Scott had 10 rebounds for Colorado (12-2), which matched its best start since the 1979-80 season when the Buffaloes also opened 12-2. Colorado remained unbeaten in 10 games at the Coors Events Center this season.
Roberto Nelson, who is leading the league in scoring, had 23 points for Oregon State (8-5).
NO. 24 GONZAGA 73, SAINT MARY’S 51: Przemek Karnowski had 15 points and nine rebounds for Gonzaga against archrival Saint Mary’s.
Kevin Pangos added 15 points and eight rebounds for the injury-plagued Bulldogs (13-2, 3-0 West Coast Conference). Starting forward Sam Dower Jr. played sparingly as he continues to recover from a back injury, while Pangos is hampered with turf toe. Starting guard Gary Bell Jr. is out with a broken hand.
Gonzaga has won 21 straight WCC games spanning three seasons.
Saint Mary’s (10-4, 1-1) played without coach Randy Bennett, who is serving a five-game suspension for NCAA violations. Beau Levesque scored 12 points to lead Saint Mary’s.