No. 21 Oregon beats No. 24 UCLA 76-67
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tony Woods scored 18 points and No. 21 Oregon pulled away over the final 6 1-2 minutes to beat No. 24 UCLA 76-67 on Saturday, improving the Ducks to 5-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time in 39 years.
Dominic Artis added 14 points, and Arsaian Kezemi had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Ducks (16-2, 5-0), who snapped the Bruins' 10-game winning streak, including eight straight victories at home.
UCLA (15-4, 5-1) led by three points at halftime after shooting 55 percent. They led by five early in the second half and tied the game at 52-all before the Ducks' defense stepped up and sent the Bruins' shooting into a tailspin.
Travis Wear scored 17 points to lead the Bruins, whose winning streak equaled their longest since 2008-09. Norman Powell added 11 points starting in place of Shabazz Muhammad, who finished with 10 points, as did Kyle Anderson.
Late layup lifts USC over Oregon State 69-68
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Fuller's only basket, a layup with 4.8 seconds remaining, gave USC a 69-68 victory over Oregon State on Saturday night.
The lead changed hands eight times in the final 2:52. Eric Moreland fed Joe Burton for a layup with 12.6 seconds to play to give Oregon State (10-8, 0-4 Pac-12) a 68-67 lead.
Devon Collier's game-winning attempt was blocked by Eric Wise as time ran out.
Byron Wesley scored 12 of his 19 points in the first half, and Wise added 18 points for the Trojans (8-11, 3-3). J.T. Terrell, who passed to Fuller for the game winner, scored 11 points.
Roberto Nelson scored a season-high tying 26 points for the Beavers, who overcame a 15-point second-half deficit to take a 49-48 lead with 11:52 remaining. Burton and Collier scored 16 points apiece.
Louisiana Tech tops Seattle 78-71 in WAC action
RUSTON, La. (AP) — Alex Hamilton and Jaron Johnson each scored 15 points and Louisiana Tech's bench outscored Seattle's by 42 points in the Bulldogs' 78-71 victory over Seattle Saturday night in Western Athletic Conference game.
Louisiana Tech (16-3, 7-0) had an enormous 60-18 advantage in bench scoring.
The Bulldogs also had a huge edge at the foul line. They hit 30 of 40 free throws. Seattle (6-11, 1-6) was 11 for 18 from the stripe.
Hamilton, Johnson and Kenyon McNeail (12 points) combined for 42 of those 60 bench points.
Hamilton was perfect at the foul line, hitting 8 of 8 free throws. McNeail went 7 for 9 at the stripe, while Johnson was 4 for 4. Four of Hamilton's free throws came in the last 1:21, when Seattle drew within 70-68, but then Louisiana Tech hit 8 of 10 free throws, three by McNeail.
Clarence Trent led Seattle with 19 points.
No. 13 Butler steals 64-63 win over No. 8 Gonzaga
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roosevelt Jones stole an inbound pass with 3.5 seconds left and hit a floater from just inside the foul line right before the buzzer to help No. 13 Butler upset No. 8 Gonzaga 64-63 on Saturday night.
Jones finished with 20 points and the Bulldogs have now won 13 in a row including two straight without their top scorer, Rotnei Clarke. It's the first time Butler (16-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10) has ever beaten three top 10 teams in one season. They also defeated No. 9 North Carolina in November and No. 1 Indiana in December.
Gonzaga (17-2, 4-0 West Coast Conference) was led by Saw Dower and Elias Harris who each had 20 points. The loss ended the Zags eight-game winning streak.
The game was considered the biggest non-power conference matchup of the season, and it met the hype.
Trailing 33-32 at the half, Butler scored the first five points of the second half and never trailed again until Elias Harris scored with 1:24 to go the teams traded leads on the next four possessions before Jones won it.
E WASHINGTON-N COLORADO
Unruh guides N. Colorado past E. Washington 72-56
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Tate Unruh scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, helping Northern Colorado defeat Eastern Washington 72-56 on Saturday night.
Derrick Barden scored 15 points and Tim Huskisson scored 14 for Northern Colorado (5-11, 3-5 Big Sky).
Barden also grabbed 15 rebounds, helping Northern Colorado to a 47-29 advantage in that department.
Venky Jois had a big game for Eastern Washington (4-14, 2-6) with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 blocked shots.
Collin Chiverton added 13 points for Eastern Washington and Parker Kelly had 11.
Northern Colorado had a 14-4 scoring advantage off turnovers and a 16-9 edge in second-chance points.
PORTLAND ST-NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota holds off Portland State 85-76
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Aaron Anderson scored a career-high 25 points, Troy Huff added a season-high 25 of his own and North Dakota held off Portland State for an 85-76 victory Saturday afternoon.
Anderson and Huff were a combined 16 of 25 from the field and 13 of 13 from the line, and made five of UND's eight 3-pointers. Jamal Webb added 16 points for UND (7-10, 4-4 Big Sky), which shot 53 percent as a team and was 21 of 21 from the free-throw line, a school record for free-throw attempts without a miss.
Michael Harthun had 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and Aaron Moore added 18 for the Vikings (5-10, 3-5), who fell to 0-8 on the road.
North Dakota never trailed after halftime, but the Vikings pulled within 77-73 on Gary Winston's jumper with 1:35 left. North Dakota made six free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.