|Colorado freshman Josh Scott muscled his way to 13 points in the Buffs' 67-57 win over Dayton on Thursday. Through two games, Scott is the Buffs' second leading scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game. (US Presswire)|
Pac-12 scoreboard for Nov. 15
Colorado 67, Dayton 57: If the Pac-12 handed out its freshmen of the year award after only two games, Josh Scott would probably be the hands-down favorite to win it. Scott scored 13 points and pulled down five rebounds as the Buffaloes knocked off Dayton (1-1, 0-0 Atlantic-10) in the semifinals of the Charleston Classic. Scott wasn't the only freshmen that impressed for Colorado on Thursday though. F Xavier Johnson tallied 15 points and two blocks in the win. The freshmen didn't do everything, sophomore Askia Booker scored a game-high 16 points and shot 60 percent from 3-point land (3-of-5) as Colorado improved to 2-0 on the season.
Alabama 65, Oregon State 62: If the Beavers are going to beat good teams this season, they're probably going to need to cut down on the turnovers. Oregon State (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) turned the ball over 19 times in Thursday's three-point loss to Alabama (3-0, 0-0 SEC) at Madison Square Garden in the 2K Sports Classic. Despite the turnovers, Oregon State was still able to fight back from a 52-37 deficit in the second half to tie things up at 62, only to watch Alabama's Rodney Cooper hit a 3 with 12.2 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner. Devon Collier led the Beavers with 21 points, but turned the ball over five times. C Angus Brandt tallied the game's only double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
No. 12 Arizona 72, UTEP 51: Oregon State wasn't the only Pac-12 team to turn the ball over 19 times on Thursday, Arizona (2-0, 0-0) did, too. The only difference: the Wildcats played a slightly weaker opponent. For the second game in a row, Xavier-transfer Mark Lyons led the team in scoring and for the second game in a row, Lyons scored 17 points. Lyons wasn't all glamour in the game though. He did turn the ball over a team-high four times against the Miners (1-1, 0-0 C-USA). F Solomon Hill was the only other Wildcat to reach double-digits, scoring 10 points.
Stanford 69, Alcorn State 51: It took six minutes for Stanford to get its first lead of the game, but after that, the Cardinal offense started clicking and Alcorn State didn't know what hit it. Trailing 9-8, Stanford (3-0, 0-0) went on an 18-4 run that effectively ended the game, ASU (1-2, 0-0 SWAC) never got closer than nine points after that. Josh Huestis led all-scorers in the game with a career-high 18 points, the junior forward also just missed a double-double, pulling down nine rebounds. G Chasson Randle dished out a team-high three assists and scored 10 points. Dwight Powell led the Cardinal on the boards with 10 rebounds.
No. 13 UCLA 100, James Madison 70: The Bruins hit the century mark against the overmatched Dukes (0-1, 0-0 CAA) and over half those points came from the combination of freshman Jordan Adams and G Norman Powell. The duo combined for 52 points in the game with Powell pouring in 27 of those. It was a career-high for Powell, who had only scored 28 points total in his last seven games dating back to last season. Tony Parker, Josh Smith and David Wear all reached double-digits for UCLA (3-0, 0-0), scoring 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively. It was UCLA's first time cracking the 100-point mark since a December 2009 win over New Mexico State.
Star of the night: Adams, UCLA. Freshmen Kyle Anderson and the still ineligible Shabazz Muhammad got all the hype in Westwood when the season began, but people might want to start paying attention to Adams. Adams tallied 25 points against James Madison on Thursday, his third game in a row with 20 or more points. Adams is the first Bruin to tally 20 or more points in three straight games since Arron Afflalo did it in 2007. He's also the first freshmen in UCLA's storied history to begin his career with three straight games of 20 or more points.
Inside the box score -- 3 numbers worth a second look
19 -- If Oregon State wants to pinpoint its 3-point loss to Alabama on one thing: they] Beavers should probably pin it on turnovers. The Beavers turned the ball over 19 times in the game, including 12 in the first half.
80 -- That was the spectacular shooting percentage of Stanford's Huestis, who almost couldn't miss. Huestis was on fire against Alcorn, knocking down 8-of-10 shots, including 1-of-2 from 3-point range.
35-15 -- Arizona may have turned the ball over 19 times against UTEP, but the Wildcats made up for it by dominating the boards against the Miners. The entire Wildcat roster chipped in on the boards as nine of the 10 players who saw action pulled down at least one rebound.
Nov. 16 games
You don't want to miss: Colorado vs. No. 16 Baylor at Charleston, SC, 12:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU) -- Colorado gets the honor of being the first Pac-12 team to play a game against a top-25 foe. The Buffs will meet Baylor in the semifinals of the Charleston Classic, with the winner advancing to Sunday's championship against either St. John's or Murray State. If Colorado's going to pull the upset, it's going to need to slow down Baylor G Pierre Jackson, who's averaging 23.3 points per game this season, including 31 in the Bears 84-74 win over Boston College on Thursday in the Charleston Classic.
Oregon State vs. Purdue at New York City, 2K Sports Classic, 5 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Cal at Denver, 9 p.m. ET (ROOT Sports)
Sacramento State at Utah, 9 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Washington State at Pepperdine, 10 p.m. ET
Vanderbilt at Oregon, 11 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)