Cousins, Salmons help Blazers beat Kings 99-80
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 12 rebounds, John Salmons added 19 points and 11 assists, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a six-game road losing streak with a 99-80 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.
Aaron Brooks had 14 for the Kings, who have won three in a row for the first time this season. Francisco Garcia and Jason Thompson added 12 each. The Kings overcame a dismal second quarter and steadily pulled away, outscoring Portland by 19 points in the second half.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 10 rebounds and J. J. Hickson added 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. Wesley Matthews scored 14 points, but suffered a left hip contusion and did not finish the game.
No. 13 Illinois beats No. 10 Gonzaga 85-74
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Brandon Paul scored 35 points to lead No. 13 Illinois over No. 10 Gonzaga 85-74 on Saturday in a matchup of unbeaten teams.
Tracy Abrams added 14 points for Illinois (10-0) and new coach John Groce is off to the best debut for an Illinois coach in the team's modern history.
Kelly Olynyk scored 16 points to lead Gonzaga (9-1).
Myke Henry's basket gave Illinois its first lead of the game at 44-43 in the opening seconds of the second half, and the Illini pushed that to 54-49 by making all five of their field goals to open the half.
Henry's 3-pointer gave Illinois a 59-51 lead. Two baskets by Przemek Karnowski cut Illinois' lead to 61-58.
GRAMBLING ST-OREGON ST
Nelson, Oregon State rip Grambling State 85-54
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Roberto Nelson had a season-high 26 points Saturday to lead Oregon State to an 85-54 win against Grambling State.
Ahmad Starks added 17 points and Eric Moreland 14 points and 13 rebounds for Oregon State (5-2).
Terry Rose had 19 points for Grambling State (0-6), which has lost all of its games this season by at least 26 points.
Nelson, a junior guard, set a new career high with nine field goals and tied another with five 3-pointers. He was 9 of 13 shooting overall and added four rebounds and three steals.
Oregon State scored the game's first nine points and led 18-3 less than six minutes into the game.
Grambling State got no closer than 11 points in the first half from there. The Beavers used a 13-1 run to lead 46-22 at halftime.
Burton nets 29, Nevada beats Washington 76-73
SEATTLE (AP) — Deonte Burton scored 29 points and had a career-high six steals to help Nevada beat Washington 76-73 on Saturday night.
Burton scored Nevada's final nine points, including two 3-pointers to help hold off the Huskies, which had rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to take a 61-60 lead. But Burton answered with a three-point play of his own and the Wolf Pack never trailed again.
Malik Story had 15 points and eight rebounds for Nevada (5-4). Devonte Elliott scored nine of his 11 points in the second half.
C.J. Wilcox scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Washington (4-4), which had won two straight. Scott Suggs added 19 points, Abdul Gaddy had 16 and Aziz N'Diaye had 11.
Nevada led 53-35 with 14:35 remaining before the Huskies used a 20-2 run to tie the game at 55 with 7:34 remaining.
Oregon clobbers Idaho State 87-35
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Damyean Dotson scored 12 points and Oregon demolished Idaho State 87-35 on Saturday.
Arsalan Kazemi, Dominic Artis and Tony Woods all had 11 points each for the Ducks (8-1), who are off to their best start in three seasons under coach Dana Altman.
Melvin Morgan scored 11 for the Bengals (1-6), who actually led 5-4 after the first 3 minutes of the game.
But Idaho State was never that close again as E.J. Singler made a 3-pointer to give the Ducks a 7-5 advantage. Oregon outscored Idaho State 50-11 from that point to lead 54-16 at halftime.
Kazemi had 11 points and six rebounds in the first half. Dotson scored all of his in the second half.
Oregon thoroughly dominated Idaho State in every statistical category. The Ducks outrebounded the Bengals 47-19 — including 23-4 in the first half — and had more assists (19-6).
ALASKA-ANCHORAGE-MINN ST MANKATO
Minn. St., Mankato beats Alaska-Anchorage 3-0
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota State, Mankato goalie Stephon Williams dominated Alaska-Anchorage for the second straight night as the Mavericks beat the Seawolves 3-0 Saturday.
Williams made 16 saves to get the shutout in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association game. On Friday, he led MSUM (9-5-2, 6-6-0) to a 3-2 win.
Defensively the Mavericks held UAA (3-7-4, 1-6-3) to just 16 shots. The most the Seawolves had in any one period was seven. MSUM took 35 shots on goal and UAA goalie Chris Kamal made 32 stops.
Nine different players scored points for MSUM. Chase Grant, Eriah Hayes and Zach Lehrke had goals.
OREGON STATE ARRESTS
3 Oregon State football players arrested in brawl
(Information in the following story is from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com)
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Three Oregon State football players spent Saturday behind bars following a brawl at a Corvallis bar.
Corvallis Police Lt. Cord Wood tells the Gazette Times that the players were arrested at about 2:20 a.m. on Saturday. They were identified as: Rudolf Fifita, a senior defensive end; Mana Rosa, a junior defensive tackle; and Dyllon Kalena Mafi, a junior linebacker.
Out of the three players arrested, Fifita saw the most action this season, playing in all 12 games and compiling 25 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks. Rosa also played in 12 games while Mafi saw action in two.
The Beavers will play Texas in the Alamo Bowl Dec. 29. There was no word on the players' status for the bowl game.
TV technical union strikes against Pac-12 Networks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The union representing freelance technical employees who work on live sporting events for Pac-12 Networks went on strike Saturday.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees wants to establish standard wages and benefits for the freelancers who work on the network's telecasts.
About 100 union members picketed outside Galen Center, where Southern California hosted No. 14 Minnesota in a men's basketball game. Picket lines also were set up at Arizona State, Oregon State, Oregon and Washington on Saturday where league games were being played. They carried signs reading, 'Pac 12 Networks Unfair.'
According to Steve Aredas, international representative for the IATSE, only one camera was expected to be used on USC's game instead of the usual six.
Since going on the air in September 2012, Pac-12 Networks has employed technicians represented by the IATSE at 10 of the league's schools in the union's jurisdiction. But the union says the network has used non-union labor on many events in those markets or a combination of union and non-union labor working side-by-side.
UFC ON FOX
Henderson dominates Diaz for UFC lightweight title
SEATTLE (AP) — Benson Henderson came home and impressively retained the UFC lightweight championship Saturday night during UFC on Fox, unanimously outpointing a flustered Nate Diaz.
Henderson controlled the main event from the start, just a few miles from where he grew up in Federal Way. With the partisan crowd chanting Henderson's name throughout the fight, he took a decisive 50-43, 50-45 and 50-45 decision, his second successful title defense.
Prior to the main event, rising Canadian star Rory MacDonald took apart former champion B.J. Penn in a decisive unanimous decision that left Penn's face blooded and his body throbbing from body shots.
In the light heavyweight division, Sweden's Alexander Gustafsson won a unanimous decision over former champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, likely earning himself a shot at the light heavyweight title next year.