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First-half scoring effort gives Lavender a boost

2010-02-05T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T09:34:01Z First-half scoring effort gives Lavender a boost Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 05, 2010 12:00 am  • 

SEATTLE - Brendon Lavender's confidence appears to be back.

A former starter who scored 16 points against Colorado in the Maui Invitational, Lavender scored six points against Stanford on Jan. 28 and had another nine through the first half Thursday at Washington.

The sophomore guard scored his nine first-half points on 3-for-3 three-point shooting.

Lavender started seven games earlier this season for the Wildcats but was beaten out by Kyle Fogg after the Wildcats lost 79-62 at Oklahoma.

Wise accepts camp invite

UA guard Nic Wise has accepted an invitation to attend the NBA's seniors-only pre-draft camp in Portsmouth, Va.

The Portsmouth camp, which used to precede the more-prestigious but defunct Orlando draft camp, is an annual showcase of 64 seniors that attracts both NBA and European scouts.

Wise contemplated leaving UA for professional basketball last spring before deciding to return for his senior season.

Pinball wizard

Washington honored former Husky center Todd MacCulloch during the first half Thursday, noting not only his on-court achievements but also this fact: He's the world's 91st-ranked pinball player.

MacCulloch led the Huskies to NCAA tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999. He was a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 pick, having led the NCAA in field goal percentage for three straight seasons.

MacCulloch went on to play four seasons in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets.

Thomas tease

Huskies guard Isaiah Thomas toyed with local media this week, posting this comment on his Twitter page: "I wanna play football next year."

According to an Associated Press report, it was a reference to one of Thomas' mentors, former UW basketball/football player Nate Robinson.

Shortly afterward, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar was asked about it during his weekly news conference.

"I wanted to play football, too," Romar said, chuckling.

Romar played basketball for Washington and in the NBA.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 1 0 0.923
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 2 0 0.833
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 9 2 0 0.818
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 8 5 0 0.615
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Harvard at
Arizona State
12/28 12:00 pm
Cal State-Bakersfield at
California
12/28 1:30 pm
Cal-Davis at
Washington State
12/28 4:00 pm
UCLA at
Alabama
12/28 4:30 pm
Stony Brook at
Washington
12/28 6:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Oregon
12/29 9:00 pm
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at
Stanford
12/29 9:00 pm
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