Las Vegas — Dakarai Tucker’s 3-point basket with 38 seconds left snapped a tie game and helped Utah advance past Washington in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament with a 67-61 win.
After Tucker’s clutch jumper ended a 60-60 deadlock, the Huskies’ Nigel Williams-Goss misfired on a 3-point try on the ensuing possession and the ball landed out of bounds to Utah. The Utes’ Brandon Taylor then knocked down a pair of foul shots to extend the lead to five, with Dallin Bachynski later sealing Utah’s victory by making two more free throws with two seconds to go.
Delon Wright led Utah (21-10) with 15 points, nine of which came in the second half, while Jordan Loveridge added 13 points and nine rebounds for the eighth- seeded Utes, who will next take on conference regular-season champion Arizona in today’s quarterfinals.
Washington (17-15) fought back from a 34-24 halftime deficit to take a 59-58 lead on 3-point plays from Williams-Goss and Desmond Simmons on back-to-back posssesions, the last coming with 1:23 left to play.
Darin Johnson finished with 16 points and Williams-Goss had 14 for the ninth- seeded Huskies. C.J. Wilson recorded 14 points in the loss, but shot just 4- of-15 from the floor.
Stanford 74, Washington State 63
Chasson Randle scored 22 points to lead all five starters in double figures as the Stanford Cardinal pulled away for a 74-63 victory over the Washington State Cougars in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Dwight Powell tacked on 16 points and Anthony Brown and Josh Huestis added 12 apiece for sixth-seed Stanford (20-11), which challenges third-seed Arizona State in the quarterfinals. Stefan Nastic also got in on the action with 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting.
DaVonte Lacy netted a game-high 25 points for Washington State (10-21). D.J. Shelton chimed in with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Dexter Drew-Kernich chipped in 11 points.
Stanford shot 55 percent from the floor, limited Washington State to 39.1 percent and connected on 11-of-12 from the free-throw line in the first half. The Cardinal led 35-28 at the break.
The Cougars did not go quietly in the second half, claiming a 50-47 lead with just under 10 minutes to play. However, the Cardinal ripped off a 10-0 run from there and never looked back.
Stanford outscored Washington State 36-26 in the paint.
Colorado 59, USC 56
Askia Booker scored 21 points and Colorado held off a late-charging USC for a 59-56 victory in a Pac-12 Tournament first- round matchup.
Booker added seven rebounds and four assists while going 9-of-17 from the field for the fifth-seeded Buffaloes (22-10), who will take on California in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Josh Scott tallied 13 points and nine rebounds in the win.
Byron Wesley finished with a game-high 23 points for USC (11-21), which tied the contest at 50-50 with seven minutes left before Scott netted the first six points of an 8-0 Colorado run that Booker capped with a successful layup with 3:07 to play.
The Buffaloes didn’t make a field goal the rest of the way, however, and the Trojans closed within 59-56 when Wesley drove and scored with 47 seconds left.
Scott then missed from in close on the ensuing possession, but Colorado survived when Wesley’s 3-point try that would have forced overtime landed off the mark.
USC ended a poor 5-of-22 from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by a 38-27 margin.
Oregon 88, Oregon State 74
Joseph Young scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting as the Oregon Ducks handily defeated the Oregon State Beavers 88-74 in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Jason Calliste had 17 points for the seventh-seeded Ducks (23-8). Mike Moser added 13 points and Dominic Artis chipped in 10. Oregon takes on second-seed UCLA in the next round.
Angus Brandt finished with 20 points while Roberto Nelson logged 19 for the 10th-seeded Beavers (16-15). Hallice Cooke registered 12 points and eight boards and Devon Collier netted 11 points.
Oregon shot 43.8 percent from the floor, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range, in the first half, but led by a score of only 41-40 at the break. OSU drained 73.7 percent of its field goal attempts, but took 13 fewer shots that Oregon.
The Ducks were on fire in the second period as they connected on 80 percent of their field goal tries. With 14:12 left in the game, the Beavers were up one but Oregon went on a 20-6 run to bust the game open and cruise to victory.
Oregon’s bench outscored the Beavers’ reserves 46-6.