|Xavier transfer Mark Lyons had a big second half for Arizona on Sunday, scoring 15 of his 17 points against Charleston Southern. (US Presswire)|
Pac-12 scoreboard for Nov. 11
Arizona 82, Charleston Southern 73: Mark Lyons, welcome to the desert. The senior Xavier transfer scored 15 of his team-high 17 points in the second half as the Wildcats distanced themselves late from Charleston Southern. The Buccaneers cut it to 57-55 with eight minutes left, but Lyons took over and helped stretch the Arizona lead to as much as 14 points. Facing a tough zone defense, the Wildcats went just 11 for 32 from 3-point range, but five players scored in double-figures.
Washington 85, Loyola-Maryland 63: The best part of early-season college basketball matchups is their unpredictable nature, and for 20 minutes, 13 seconds, Washington learned that the hard way Sunday night. The other 19:47? All gravy. The Huskies sported just a two-point halftime lead and Loyola tied it at 33 quickly in the second half before Washington went on a game-deciding run to take the win. The Huskies stretched a 10-point lead to 20 late in the half as the offense took over. C.J. Wilcox had 22 points to lead Washington, and Abdul Gaddy added 17.
Oregon State 71, New Mexico State 62: It appears that we've discovered who Oregon State's go-to-guy is. More importantly, the Beavers seemed to have figured it out, too. Ahmad Starks had 33 points on 11 of 21 shooting and added five assists and five rebounds as Oregon State took control midway through the first half to cruise to the win. The Beavers trailed by one point with 7:53 left until halftime before building an 11-point halftime lead.
Cal 78, Cal State Bakersfield 65: Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs played a little two-man weave for the Bears on Sunday. Crabbe had 27 points and Cobbs added 22 as the duo combined for 19-of-28 shooting. Meanwhile, Cal held Cal State Bakersfield to just 35 percent shooting, and 28.6 percent shooting from 3-point range.
Star of the night: Starks, Oregon State. Starks had 18 points in the team's season opener, but he needed 14 shots to get there, making just six field goals. On Sunday, though, Starks was spectacular and efficient.
Inside the box score -- 3 numbers worth a second look
8 -- Arizona committed just eight turnovers against Charleston Southern, and that bodes well for a team that, while talented, has had some mental miscues in recent years. If Arizona can clean up its act like it did on Sunday, the conference is in trouble.
17.5 -- That was the difference in shooting percentage between Washington (54.0) and Loyola-Maryland (36.5) and, really, the difference in the game.
52.7-- Cal shot almost 53 percent from the field against Cal State Bakersfield, as eight players scored four or more points.
Nov. 12 games
Portland State at Oregon, 9:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Cal State Fullerton at Stanford, 11:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network Washington)