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College basketball: UCLA rallies to beat Oregon State
First Published Mar 05 2014 11:21 pm • Last Updated Mar 05 2014 11:28 pm

Stanford, Calif. • Josh Scott had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Xavier Johnson scored 14 points and Colorado boosted its chances of a first-round bye in next week’s Pac-12 Conference tournament with a 59-56 victory over Stanford on Wednesday night.

Xavier Talton added nine points and five rebounds to help the Buffaloes (21-9, 10-7 Pac-12) break a two-game losing skid and hand the Cardinal another setback. Stanford has lost three straight for the first time all season.

At a glance

Pac-12 standings

Conference All games

W L Pct. W L Pct.

Arizona 15 2 .882 28 2 .933

UCLA 11 5 .688 22 7 .759

Arizona St. 10 6 .625 21 8 .724

Colorado 10 7 .588 21 9 .700

Utah 9 8 .529 20 9 .689

California 9 8 .529 18 12 .600

Stanford 9 8 .529 18 11 .621

Oregon 8 8 .500 20 8 .714

Wash. 8 8 .500 16 13 .552

Oregon St. 7 10 .411 15 14 .517

Wash. St. 2 14 .125 9 19 .321

USC 1 15 .063 10 19 .345

Wednesday’s games Colorado 59, Stanford 56

Arizona 74, Oregon State 69

Utah 63, Cal 59

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Chasson Randle scored 24 points to rally the Cardinal (18-11, 9-8) from an eight-point deficit to take the lead in the final minutes. But he missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

Both teams began the day tied with California for fourth place in Pac-12 play. The top four teams earn a first-round bye in next week’s conference tournament in Las Vegas.

Colorado completes its regular-season slate Saturday at Cal. Stanford hosts Utah in its finale. Josh Huestis had nine points and 13 rebounds and Dwight Powell added eight points for Stanford, which is trying to earn an NCAA tournament berth for the first time in six seasons under coach Johnny Dawkins. The Cardinal, who made the tournament in the 13 of 14 seasons prior, will likely need a strong run in Las Vegas next week for an at-large bid in the Big Dance now.

Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir said after last season that he expected Dawkins to take the team to the NCAA tournament. Dawkins has two more seasons remaining on his contract.

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