Freshman Isaiah Collier scored a career-high 31 points, including eight in the final 2 1/2 minutes, and USC defeated Washington 82-75 on Saturday. A 3-pointer by Koren Johnson got Washington within 72-68 with 3 1/2 minutes remaining, just 3 minutes after Southern California had built a 15-point lead. Collier took over a minute later, scoring on four consecutive USC possessions on a series of driving, spinning layups and one-handers. The fourth of those makes gave the Trojans an 80-75 lead with 28 seconds left.
Washington coach Mike Hopkins envisions a dramatic conclusion for the Pac-12 Conference in its present state, which includes the Huskies' home finale on Saturday in Seattle against Southern California. "This league is wide open," Hopkins said following Washington's 94-77 rout of UCLA on Thursday.
Keion Brooks Jr. made a career-high six 3-pointers and Braxton Meah blocked five shots on a gimpy ankle as Washington posted a 94-77 win over UCLA on Thursday night. UCLA has now lost three straight games with three games left in the Pac-12 Conference regular season. Brooks was 8 of 14 from the floor, including 6 of 7 from beyond the arc, and converted 10 of 13 at the line to finish with 32 points to lead Washington (16-13, 8-10), which collectively shot 30 of 54 from the field, including 15 of 24 from deep.
Caleb Love poured in 28 points to hit exactly 2,000 for his college career and lead Arizona to a 91-75 win over Washington in a Saturday matinee at McKale Center.
One of the hallmark's of Tommy Lloyd's tenure at Arizona has been the ability to bounce back from a loss. Washington knew what was coming after the Wildcats lost to Washington State two days earlier. The Huskies just couldn't do much about it.
Jalen Celestine came into the game Saturday as one of the most effective 3-point shooters in the country, hitting better than 47 percent of his shots from long distance. Then he missed his first four attempts from the perimeter and had just 2 points heading into the final minutes at Washington as it looked like this just might not be his night. With 1:40 remaining, Celestine rattled in a game-tying 3-pointer from the right wing as a stage-setter for even more dramatics.
Jermaine Couisnard scored 27 points, including four of the seven free throws Oregon made in the last 32 seconds, and the Ducks held on to defeat Washington 85-80 on Thursday night. The Huskies had cut a 20-point deficit to one with more than 3 1/2 minutes to go but every time they had a chance to tie or take the lead, Oregon came up with a big play on defense and made free throws. The Ducks had one basket in the final three minutes but made 9 of 12 from the line.