The Colorado-Arizona State game Sunday night felt similar to the Washington-Washington State game, without the vitriol. Colorado went up 17-4 before the Arizona State bench led a comeback and helped the Sun Devils to a 65-56 win in Tempe.
Arizona State (13-2, 2-0) was rightly pleased to be 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2008 and only the fourth time in the last 35 years.
“I definitely think it was a huge win for us,” center Jordan Bachynski told the Arizona Republic. “For us to be able to step up and play like we did and come out with the win … and it wasn’t an overtime win, so it’s a little better than our friends down south.”
That was a nice pot-shot at Arizona.
Colorado (10-4, 0-2), meanwhile, is trying to get its act together following the overtime loss to Arizona.
Oregon (12-2, 1-0) handled Oregon State 79-66 behind freshman Damyean Dotson, who should be getting more recognition than he is, to win its Pac-12 opener. He scored a career-high 21 points Sunday night.
“It’s a big game, a big atmosphere, and you gotta be ready to play,” Dotson told The Oregonian.
The Ducks host Arizona on Thursday night, which will be a conference doozy.
Meanwhile, Oregon State coach Craig Robinson is irritated with the Beavers’ (10-4, 0-1) inconsistency.
“This has to be a two-half game and we have noticeably not played a good two-half game in a while,” Robinson told the Corvallis Gazette-Times.