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Posted on February 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 24 at 6:04 PM


Harris' double-double leads Gonzaga over BYU 74-63

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Elias Harris scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Gonzaga beat BYU 74-63 on Thursday night in a battle for second place in the West Coast Conference.

Brandon Davies scored 23 points for BYU (23-7, 11-4), which had won five straight games but was doomed by woeful shooting.

Gonzaga (22-5, 12-3) kept alive its faint hopes of winning a 12th consecutive league regular-season title. Its 11 straight titles are second in Division I history only to the 13 won by UCLA.

Gonzaga trails Saint Mary's by one game in the standings. Each team has one league game left.

Gonzaga shot just 39 percent in the victory, but BYU was even worse, connecting on just 30 percent of its shots.


Eastern Washington trumps Idaho State 85-78

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Tremayne Johnson scored five of his seven points on the night during the final 33 seconds, converting 5 of 6 free throws, to secure Eastern Washington's 85-78 win over Idaho State.

The win ensured a Big Sky playoff berth for the Eagles (13-15, 7-7) and puts them in a position to garner a home game during the first round.

There were five lead changes during the first half as Idaho State (9-18, 7-7) went toe-to-toe with Eastern Washington. With two minutes left, the Eagles took the lead for good and led at halftime 42-39.

The Bengals battled, twice pulling two points in the final 2:30 and with just 25 seconds left, trailed by a mere point. But Johnson's success at the free throw line sealed the win.

Melvin Morgan led the Bengals with 18 points while Eagles guard Cliff Colimon led all scorers with 21.


Olekaibe leads Fresno St. past Seattle 78-72

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Olekaibe scored 25 of his career-high 43 points in the second half as Fresno State defeated Seattle 78-72 on Thursday night in a nonconference game.

Olekaibe went 12 of 25 from the field and made all 14 of his free throws to become the first Fresno State (13-16) player to score 40 points in a game since Courtney Alexander on March 1, 2000.

Aaron Broussard scored 19 points and Clarence Trent added 14 for Seattle (10-15), which saw its four-game winning streak snapped.

Olekaibe opened the second half with consecutive 3-pointers and made two free throws with 59 seconds remaining to ice the game for the Bulldogs.

Tyler Johnson added 12 points for Fresno State and Jerry Brown had seven points and 11 rebounds.


Saint Mary's defeats Portland 70-43

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rob Jones had 12 points and 13 rebounds and Saint Mary's defeated Portland 70-43 on Thursday night to give the Gaels at least a share of the West Coast Conference title for the second straight season.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Saint Mary's (24-5, 13-2), which dropped out of the national rankings with losses in three of their previous four games. Clint Steindl finished with 15 points.

Nemanja Mitrovic had 14 points for the Pilots (6-22, 3-12), who have lost four straight and 10 of their last 11 games.

Portland went up 14-11 early after Mitrovic's layup and free throw. But the Gaels responded with a 9-0 run capped by Matthew Dellavedova's layup that made it 20-14 midway through the first half.

Saint Mary's pulled away from there, leading 35-18 at the half.

The Gaels led by as many as 31 points in the second half.


Odum gets 38, Portland State beats Sac. St. 94-88

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Charles Odum scored 38 points on 11 of 16 shooting and Portland State bested Sacramento State 94-88 on Thursday night.

Portland State (14-13, 8-6 Big Sky) trailed by two with 8:16 remaining until sparking a 15-3 run over the next 5:26 to lead 82-72. Sacramento State (9-18, 4-11) clawed to within 85-80 with two minutes remaining, but Odum responded with 6 of 6 free throw shooting to seal the win.

Odum hit 5 of 8 on 3-pointers and converted 11 of 12 free throws. Renado Parker added 19 points for the Vikings.

Sacramento State trailed by 10 with just under seven minutes left in the first half, but regrouped to trail 38-37 at halftime.

John Dickson led the Hornets with 26 points while Jackson Carbajal and Dylan Garrity added 18 apiece.


Montero looking to develop as a catcher

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — At first glance, it's easy to see the potential in Jesus Montero.

The Seattle Mariners' prized acquisition in an offseason trade with the New York Yankees is an imposing presence. He's a catcher and designated hitter listed at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, and the ball jumps off his bat with a crack audible across the Mariners' spring training facility.

The 22-year-old Montero went 20 for 61 in 18 games with the Yankees after a September call-up last season. He hit four home runs. When the Mariners went in search of offense combined with youth and promise, Montero was their target.

The team hopes to develop him as a catcher, with veteran Miguel Olivo providing some power and handling the pitching staff while Montero works on his defense and game-calling.