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Morning links: Gordon’s buzzer-beater keeps the wackiness going

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Feb. 17, 2013 at 11:42 am with No Comments »
February 17, 2013 1:44 pm

At least the Pac-12 isn’t boring.

Saturday night was another evening of unpredictable basketball in the conference. Arizona State went into Colorado and won on a layup at the buzzer. Washington State led most of the night against Oregon before it fell in overtime. UCLA slowed Stanford.

> Arizona State picked up a tough 63-62 win at Colorado after losing to Utah earlier in the week. Evan Gordon didn’t even end up with a good look at his game-winning drive.

“I don’t know if it touched the glass,” Gordon told the Arizona Republic. “I didn’t even know if it went in or not. I just saw my teammates jump off the bench and come over and tackle me.”

> Same old story for the Cougs. They had a lead throughout the game, were even up double-digits at the half, before losing the lead, and, ultimately the game. The end of the game can be pinned on Dexter Kernich-Drew making a major mistake. With the game tied, he inexplicably fouled E.J. Singler with 3.8 seconds to go. Singler made both free throws, and the Cougs lost 79-77 to fall to 11-15 overall and 2-11 in Pac-12 play.

“It’s the same story for us,” coach Ken Bone told the Spokesman Review. “We’re in the game, guys work hard, we lose.”

> UCLA picked up a needed 88-80 win at Stanford. The Bruins’ freshman trio of Shabazz Muhammad, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson combined for 63 points.

“We came here to lead our team to the [NCAA] tournament and go far in the tournament,” said Muhammad, who had 25 points, told the Los Angeles Times. “That’s what we have to do.”

> Arizona hosts Utah today at noon. USC is at California for another ridiculous 7 p.m. start on a Sunday.



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