TEMPE — Washington spent a good portion of the preseason searching for its offensive identity.
The Huskies may have found it in the desert.
Adding a dose of defense to its usual balanced scoring, Washington opened the Pac-12 season with a road rout, racing past Arizona State early in a 76-65 victory over the Sun Devils on Thursday night.
“It’s taken a while, but I continue to say we’ve been making progress,” Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said. “Tonight, I thought we did as good a job against a quality team that we’ve done all year over a 40-minute period.”
Washington (9-5) has gotten scoring from across its roster all season and that continued against Arizona State.
C.J. Wilcox led the Huskies with 17 points, Andrew Andrews added 14 and freshman Nigel Williams-Goss had 12 points with seven rebounds.
Washington did much of its damage inside, scoring 42 points and grabbing 11 offensive rebounds.
Arizona State (11-3) fell flat once Washington got rolling.
The Sun Devils stagnated offensively in an awful first half and made it worse by tying to shoot their way out of it, finishing 2 of 14 from three-point range.
Jahii Carson led Arizona State with 15 points. Shaquielle McKissic and Jordan Bachynski added 13 points each for the Sun Devils, who had eight assists — fewest since 2007.
“Our inability to convert some of the good shots we had, coupled with I thought we exercised our poorest shot selection of the year really made it difficult for us to score,” Sun Devils coach Herb Sendek said.
No. 10 Oregon 70, Utah 68: In Salt Lake City, Damyean Dotson stole a pass from Dallin Bachynski and raced untouched for a breakaway dunk with 1 second left in overtime and the Ducks (13-0, 1-0) remained unbeaten.
Richard Amardi had 14 points and Dominic Artis added 12 for the Ducks.
California 69, Stanford 62: In Stanford, Calif., Tyrone Wallace scored 20 points and Justin Cobbs finished with 18 as the Golden Bears (10-4, 1-0) won.
Colorado 64, Oregon State 58: In Boulder, Colo., Josh Scott had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Buffaloes (12-2, 1-0) in their Pac-12 opener.