Pac-10 roundup: Oregon stymies Arizona

first_imgOregon coach Ernie Kent put his arm around Aaron Brooks, smiled and whispered something in his ear. It must have been something like, “Thank you!” Brooks had another typically solid game with 16 points, backcourt teammate Tajuan Porter added 21 and Oregon cruised to a 69-50 victory over Arizona in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament on Thursday. Arizona lacked intensity, energy and enthusiasm. Oregon had all of the above. “There’s no question in terms of who played the hardest, smartest and most competitive,” Arizona coach Lute Olson said. “It was definitely Oregon.” Arizona guard Mustafa Shakur was held to two points on 1-for-6 shooting. Freshman Chase Budinger had 10 points but only one rebound. He played just 12 minutes in the second half. “Chase’s rebound total in 28minutes is one,” Olson said. “He needs to be (productive) in all phases of the game.” Arizona (20-10), the No. 5 seed in the tournament, will likely make the NCAA Tournament, but the program has been known for its early-round losses, both in the conference tournament and NCAA Tournament. The Ducks have won four in a row following a three-game losing skid. Kent credited a few days off for keeping Oregon fresh as the reason for getting back on track. “We came to play defense, and we scrapped,” Brooks said. “We showed it on the court with our intensity, and we got all the loose balls. It showed on the court.” No. 11 Washington St. 74, Washington 64: Taylor Rochestie scored 20 points, including 11 over the final 6 minutes, and the Cougars pulled away for the victory over the Huskies. The Cougars’ 25th win was the second-most in school history, matching the 1916-17 team. Their third victory ever in Pac-10 tourney play advanced them to today’s semifinals against third-seeded USC. Derrick Low added 15 points, Robbie Cowgill 14 and Kyle Weaver 13 for Washington State (25-6), which swept its in-state rival during the regular season under first-year coach Tony Bennett. Quincy Pondexter led the Huskies (19-12) with 15 points. He was called for traveling and tossed up an airball in the closing seconds. Jon Brockman added 13 points and eight rebounds, helping the Huskies dominate the boards 31-21, including a 15-8 edge on the offensive glass. Washington State never trailed after snapping a 56-all tie with 6 minutes remaining. The Cougars closed out the game with an 18-8 run, including hitting 13-of-16 from the line. Rochestie had seven in a row during the run that broke open a tight game. The teams traded scoring runs earlier in the second half, with the Cougars’ 12-5 spurt giving them a 52-45 lead – their first since early in the game. The Huskies answered with an 11-4 burst to tie the score at 56-56. Neither team led by more than seven points in the first half, when Washington State shot 58 percent from the floor, yet trailed 36-32 at the break. Tied at 21, the Huskies outscored the Cougars 15-11 to end the half, with Ryan Appleby hitting three 3-pointers in the spurt. – Associated Press contributed (818) 713-3615 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Ducks, who play Cal in the semifinals today, held Arizona to 35 percent from the field. “For us, that was our best defensive performance in 10 years against Arizona,” Kent said. “They caused us a lot of problems early in my career. A big part was keeping them out of transition and keeping them off the glass.” last_img read more

Transfer Rumours and Paper Review – Friday, December 26

first_imgHere are the latest transfer rumours from the Boxing Day papers…Midfielder Frank Lampard, 36, is set to give Manchester City a New Year boost by extending his loan spell at the club and delay his arrival at Major League Soccer side New York City FC until at least mid-February. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to sign Celtic’s 6ft 4in Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk, but the Scottish club are believed to want more than £10m for the Gunners to secure his services. (The Sun)Liverpool face competition from Arsenal in their bid to sign Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 28, on a free transfer in the summer, though the Blues are confident the England international will remain with them. (Daily Express) Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists England midfielder Fabian Delph, 25, Dutch World Cup star Ron Vlaar, 29, and £20m-rated striker Christian Benteke, 24, are going nowhere in the January transfer window. (Daily Star)last_img read more