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Posted on February 3, 2013 at 3:34 PM


Blazers get 105-99 win over Jazz

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 23 points and the Portland Trail Blazers got revenge for a loss to Utah the night before with a 105-99 victory Saturday night.

Utah defeated the Blazers 86-77 on Friday night in the first game of the back-to-back between the division rivals.

J.J. Hickson added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who have won four of their last six after a season-high six-game losing streak. Nicolas Batum had 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, falling just short of his third triple-double this season.

Randy Foye had 23 points for the Jazz (26-22), who led by as many as 10 points in the third quarter.


Stockton, Olynyk lead No. 7 Zags over USD, 65-63

SAN DIEGO (AP) — David Stockton hit a runner in the lane with 55.9 seconds left after Kelly Olynyk scored on consecutive possessions and No. 7 Gonzaga held off San Diego 65-63 on Saturday night for its fourth straight win.

The Toreros still had a chance after Olynyk missed the front end of a one-and-one with 8 seconds left, but Elias Harris blocked Ken Rancifer's shot and the Toreros couldn't get off another.

Harris scored 18 points for Gonzaga (21-2, 8-0 West Coast Conference), while Olynyk had 15 and Gary Bell Jr. 13.

The Bulldogs have won nine straight against the Toreros and 31 of 33.

Johnny Dee scored a game-high 21 points for USD (11-12, 4-4).


Cal hands No. 10 Oregon second straight loss

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Justin Cobbs made an 18-foot jumper with 1:35 remaining then added a pair of free throws and California hung on to beat No. 10 Oregon 58-54 on Saturday, handing the Ducks their second straight loss to an unranked team this week.

Allen Crabbe and Richard Solomon scored 13 points apiece, and Tyrone Wallace added 12 while helping the Golden Bears (13-8, 5-4 Pac-12) win back-to-back games for the first time since December.

Fans stormed center court at Haas Pavilion and surrounded Cal's players in a raucous celebration after Oregon's Johnathan Loyd's missed jumper as the buzzer sounded. It's the Bears' first win over a top 10 team in more than five years.

Tony Woods had 14 points and eight rebounds for Oregon but failed to get a potential tying shot after grabbing E.J. Singler's missed 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left. The Ducks (18-4, 7-2) were held scoreless over the final four minutes.


No. 8 Arizona beats Washington State 79-65

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Mark Lyons scored 20 points as No. 8 Arizona beat Washington State79-65 on Saturday, the Wildcats' fifth consecutive win over the Cougars.

Solomon Hill added 18 points for Arizona (19-2, 7-2 Pac-12), which swept the Washington schools on the road.

Brock Motum and DaVonte Lacy each scored 15 points to lead Washington State (11-11, 2-7), which has lost four of its past five games. D.J. Shelton added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Hill scored all his points in the first half, when Arizona built a commanding lead it never lost.


Washington out-runs Arizona State 96-92

SEATTLE (AP) — Aziz N'Diaye converted a three-point play off an offensive rebound with 34 seconds left, Andrew Andrews led Washington with 20 points off the bench and the Huskies held off Arizona State 96-92 on Saturday night despite 32 points from Sun Devils' freshman Jahii Carson.

The duo of N'Diaye and Shawn Kemp Jr. dominated the interior for Washington (13-9, 5-4 Pac-12), but no rebound or basket was bigger than N'Diaye tapping Scott Suggs' miss to keep the play alive and scoring while being fouled by Jordan Bachynski. The 45 percent free-throw shooter then converted the three-point play.

C.J. Wilcox added a pair of free throws after Carrick Felix missed a 3-pointer, but Carson hit a 3-pointer for Arizona State (17-4, 6-3) and Washington committed a turnover on the inbound with 13 seconds left. Carson drove to the rim but his shot was altered by N'Diaye and came up short.

Wilcox added two more free throws to clinch the victory that snapped Washington's four-game losing streak.


Montana cruises past Eastern Washington 65-46

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Will Cherry and Mathias Ward scored 13 points apiece to lead Montana to its 12th consecutive victory, 65-46 over Eastern Washington on Saturday night.

Mike Weisner added 11 points and Keron DeShields had 10 for the Grizzlies (16-4, 12-0 Big Sky), who also won their 23rd consecutive Big Sky Conference game — moving them within one win of Weber State's conference record from 1967-70.

Thomas Reuter led the Eagles (6-16, 4-8) with 11 points. Eastern Washington committed 16 turnovers and shot 37.5 percent from the floor.

The Eagles came out hot, opening the game on an 11-2 run. But Montana made quick work of Eastern Washington's lead, ripping off a 26-3 run and cruising from there. The Grizzlies led by as many as 20 after halftime.

Montana was 9 of 11 from the line, improving upon its 76.9 percent free-throw shooting that ranked fifth in Division I entering the game.


Montana State holds off Portland State 70-64

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Flavien Davis scored 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and Montana State held off Big Sky rival Portland State 70-64 on Saturday night.

Montana State (10-10, 7-5 Big Sky) shot 47.3 percent from the field, out-rebounded the Vikings 37-27 and was 13 of 20 from the free-throw line. The Bobcats took a 33-30 lead at halftime, despite leading by as many as 15 with 6:10 remaining in the first half.

Antonio Biglow had 12 points and seven assists in 26 minutes off the bench for the Bobcats, which outscored Portland State's bench 32-12. Calen Coleman chipped in with 11.

Renado Parker scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead Portland State (5-14, 3-9) and grabbed eight rebounds. Aaron Moore and Lateef McMullan scored 11 points apiece for the Vikings.

Portland State had 19 assists as a team and shot 48.3 percent in the game.


Saint Mary's (Cal) routs Portland 77-42

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Matthew Dellavedova scored 23 points and Saint Mary's won its seventh in a row, beating Portland 77-42 Saturday.

Dellavedova made his first four 3-point tries and finished 5 of 9 behind the arc for the Gaels (19-4, 8-1 West Coast), who went 11 for 23 from 3-point range.

Jorden Page scored 11 points, nine in the first half, and Mitchell Young scored 10 for Saint Mary's, which led 41-21 and scored the first 14 points of the second half. Portland didn't get on the board after halftime until Oskars Reinfelds' basket with 11:41 to play.

Thomas van der Mars led the Pilots (8-16, 1-8) with 13 points.

Saint Mary's scored 23 points off 20 Portland turnovers, and held a 42-26 rebounding advantage.


Shaw leads Utah State past Seattle 68-46

SEATTLE (AP) — Jared Shaw scored 16 points and Utah State held Seattle to 31 percent shooting in a 68-46 victory Saturday night.

Spencer Butterfield added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Aggies (16-5, 7-4 Western Athletic), who outrebounded Seattle 44-25 and completed a sweep of the season series between the two teams. TeNale Roland had 12 points and Marcel Davis 11.

Chad Rasmussen led the Redhawks (7-14, 2-9) with 10 points. Seattle made just 18 of 58 shots overall and 2 of 20 from beyond the arc.

Shaw hit a layup with 7:10 left in the first half to cap a 10-2 run that put the Aggies ahead 22-13. Utah State extended the lead to 30-19 at halftime and kept it in double digits throughout the second half.

The Aggies are playing without leading scorer Preston Medlin (out 6-8 weeks with a fractured wrist) and starter Kyisean Reed (out with a season-ending torn ACL).


Yukon Quest starts Saturday in Whitehorse

(Information in the following story is from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner,

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race began Saturday morning with 26 mushers starting the race under sunny skies.

Temperatures in the 20s had mushers predicting a slow-moving race until it cools down, with more rest stops and water breaks needed for the dogs.

The weather helped the 30th running of the 1,000-mile Whitehorse-to-Fairbanks race attract hundreds of fans at the starting gate and down the road at the Takhini River Bridge.

They watched musher Brian Wilmshurst start the race after drawing the No. 1 bib.

Defending champion Hugh Neff of Tok and four-time winner Lance Mackey of Fairbanks are also in the field.

Mackey told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner the weather was "extremely warm" — great for him, but not so good for his dogs.