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Posted on February 9, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 9 at 8:04 PM


Harden scores 35, Rockets beat Blazers 118-103

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 35 points and 11 assists, Chandler Parsons scored 20 and the Houston Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-103 on Friday night.

Harden went 13 for 16 from the field and 4 of 5 from 3-point range, putting on an individual show in the last game at the Toyota Center before the NBA's All-Star weekend comes to town. Harden was chosen as a reserve for the West squad, making his first All-Star team.

LaMarcus Aldridge, another All-Star reserve for the West, scored 31 points for Portland. The Blazers had won the previous two meetings this season in overtime, rallying from double-digit deficits in both.

Not this time. Houston preserved a comfortable lead for most of the second half, and Harden finished off Portland with a fadeaway jumper from the wing.


No. 17 UCLA women hold off Washington 65-61

SEATTLE (AP) — Alyssia Brewer had 20 points and 12 rebounds Friday night and No. 17 UCLA defeated Washington 65-61 for its fifth win in a row.

Atonye Nyingifa added 15 points and Thea Lemberger had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Bruins (18-4, 9-2), now alone in third place in the Pac-12 behind No. 4 Stanford and No. 6 California.

Lemberger made four free throws in the final 32 seconds to help seal the win. Jasmine Dixon scored 11 points and Markel Walker contributed 10 rebounds and seven assists.

UCLA had a 54-33 edge in rebounding in a game neither team led by more than six points.

Talia Walton led the Huskies (16-6, 8-3) with 18 points. Jazmine Davis scored 17, Kristi Kingma had 11 points and Aminah Williams had 13 rebounds for Washington, which saw a six-game winning streak end. The Huskies' last loss was at UCLA on Jan. 13.


No. 21 Colorado women beat Oregon State 61-47

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Chucky Jeffery had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead 21st-ranked Colorado to a 61-47 victory over Oregon State Friday night.

Jen Reese added 10 points for the Buffaloes (17-5, 6-5), who matched their season total for Pac-12 wins from last year, their first in the conference.

Colorado has not allowed an opponent to score 70 points this season. The Buffaloes never trailed in the game, but their biggest lead was 15 points.

The Buffaloes shot 31 percent from the field but went 28 for 39 from the free-throw line, with Reese making all six of her attempts. The Beavers' Jamie Weisner was also 6 for 6 but Oregon State tried only one other free throw, missing it.

Weisner scored 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting for Oregon State, but none of her teammates had more than seven points. The Beavers (9-14, 3-9) have lost five in a row.


Washington State women defeat USC 57-54

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Dawnyelle Awa scored 11 points and Lia Galdeira scored 10, including the go-ahead basket with just under 5 minutes to play, and Washington State held off Southern California 57-54 Friday night.

Galdeira, who also had six rebounds, made two field goals within a minute, the second one putting the Cougars ahead 49-47. They scored the next four points, three on a long-range shot by Awa, and Galdeira made a pair of free throws in the final seconds.

Washington State (9-13, 5-6 Pac-12) has won four in a row after a five-game losing streak.

Christina Marinacci led the Trojans (8-14, 5-6) with 17 points, and Ariya Crook scored 15. Cassie Harberts had just eight points on 2-of-10 shooting, but led all players with 13 rebounds for USC.

The Trojans lost their last six nonconference games, won four to begin Pac-12 play and since have dropped six of seven.


Utah women rout Oregon 67-47

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Michelle Plouffe scored 15 points to lead Utah to a 67-47 win over Oregon Friday night.

Iwalani Rodrigues had 14 points and five assists and Taryn Wicijowski contributed 13 points and eight rebounds for the Utes (12-10, 3-8 Pac-12).

Oregon scored the game's first five points and later led 8-2, but Utah took the lead for good at 14-11 on Rodrigues' 3-pointer. The Utes led by as many as 27 points.

Liz Brenner led the Ducks (3-20, 1-10) with 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Oregon has lost four in a row since its only Pac-12 win at Washington State.

Utah has won two of its last three. Seven of the Utes' eight conference losses are to ranked teams.


Alaska-Anchorage rallies past Michigan Tech 5-4

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Jordan Kwas scored the game-winning goal with 45 seconds to play as Alaska-Anchorage rallied to beat Michigan Tech 5-4 on Friday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Seawolves (4-16-7, 2-15-6) trailed 4-1 late in the second period but scored the next four goals. They scored the last three in the final 13 minutes.

Kwas had two goals and an assist, and Blake Tatchell a goal and two assists as Alaska-Anchorage snapped a 14-game winless streak.

Milos Gordic had a goal and assist for the Huskies (8-14-4, 5-11-4), who dropped to 8-2-1 when scoring the game's first goal.


Washington's Taiwo sets world record

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Washington's Jeremy Taiwo set a world record when he cleared 7 feet, 4½ inches in the high jump segment of the heptathlon at the Boise State Challenge on Friday.

Taiwo just edged the record of 7-4¼ for the high jump portion of the event. His previous best was 6-11½.

Taiwo won all four events on the first day of the heptathlon and leads the overall standings with 3,570 points.


Felix Hernandez to skip WBC with Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Felix Hernandez says he won't pitch for Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

The Seattle Mariners ace says in an interview with the Venezuelan sports newspaper Lider that it was a difficult decision to sit out. But he says he should think of his future and denied being influenced by any type of pressure from the Mariners.

Hernandez and the Mariners are working on a $175 million, seven-year contract that would make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.

Wilfredo Polidor, who represents the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, told Lider earlier on Friday that the Mariners think if Hernandez were to go to the WBC it would be "a very big risk for the negotiations."


Timbers' Dike to undergo knee surgery

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Timbers announced that Bright Dike (DEE-kay) will have surgery Monday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

The 26-year-old striker sustained the injury in Tuesday's preseason match against Seattle.

Dike, who represents Nigeria internationally, saw considerable action in the second half of last season, scoring five goals in 12 games.

The Timbers open the regular season March 3 against New York.


No. 19 Oregon reeling after 3rd straight loss

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Just 11 days ago, Oregon was riding a seven-game winning streak and had broken into the top 10 in The Associated Press poll for the team's highest ranking since late 2007.

Since then, the high-flying Ducks have come back to earth.

Nineteenth-ranked Oregon (18-5, 7-3 Pac-12) was dealt its third straight loss on Thursday night. Colorado (15-7, 5-5) scored the final eight points of the game for a 48-47 upset, the Buffaloes' first victory in Eugene since 1955.

The loss snapped Oregon's 20-game winning streak at home, the third-longest in school history.

It also dropped the Ducks out of first place in the Pac-12 standings. Oregon now rests in a tangle for second with Arizona State (18-5, 7-3) and UCLA (17-6, 7-3) behind No. 7 Arizona (20-2, 8-2).