No. 5 Gonzaga holds off San Francisco 71-61
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kelly Olynyk had 26 points and nine rebounds and Elias Harris added 17 points and 13 rebounds to carry No. 5 Gonzaga past pesky San Francisco 71-61 on Saturday, snapping a three-year losing streak at War Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs' frontline tandem bullied and bruised their way to a fast start and furious finish. Olynyk finished 13 for 17 from the floor and Harris went 7 of 15 as both keyed an 11-0 run in the final minutes that put the Zags (25-2, 12-0 West Coast Conference) ahead for good.
Cole Dickerson scored 15 points and Cody Doolin added 14 to help the Dons (11-15, 4-9) rally back after trailing by 15 in the first half. Unlike the last three years when USF stunned Gonzaga at home, the Bulldogs regrouped and showed why they're ranked so high.
Singler leads No. 23 Oregon past WSU 79-77 in OT
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — E.J. Singler made two free throws with 3.8 seconds left, lifting No. 23 Oregon to a 79-77 overtime win over slumping Washington State on Saturday to hold on to first place in the Pac-12 Conference.
Singler scored 25 points to lead Oregon (21-5, 10-3), which has won three in a row since a three-game losing streak dropped them from the Top 10. Carlos Emory added 20 for the Ducks.
Royce Woolridge scored a career-high 36 points for Washington State (11-15, 2-11), losers of six straight. Woolridge missed a half-court shot as time expired.
Washington State took an 11-point lead at halftime, but the Ducks erased that in the early minutes of the second half and the score was tied at 71 at the end of regulation.
Huskies pull away late to defeat Beavers 72-62
SEATTLE (AP) — C.J. Wilcox broke out of a shooting slump with 24 points, Shawn Kemp Jr., added all 10 of his points in the second half, and Washington pulled away late for a 72-62 win over Oregon State on Saturday night.
The Huskies (14-12, 6-7 Pac-12) had lost three straight and dropped seven of eight overall, coinciding with Wilcox's slump. The Huskies' leading scorer had scored more than 20 points just once in the previous eight games.
He finally reached that plateau again on Saturday by hitting 7 of 14 shots. Wilcox has been bothered by a left foot injury that has limited his practice time.
Kemp's points gave Washington an inside presence, but just as important was the season-high eight points and seven rebounds off the bench by Jernard Jarreau.
Roberto Nelson led Oregon State (13-13, 3-10) with 19 points. Joe Burton added 10 points but was shut out in the second half.
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Eastern Washington beats Southern Utah 86-72
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Collin Chiverton scored 18 points and Parker Kelly had 15 as Eastern Washington defeated Southern Utah 86-72 Saturday.
Martin Seiferth added 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks for the Eagles (8-17, 6-9 Big Sky), who shot 54 percent from the field.
Jackson Stevenett led Southern Utah (10-15, 8-8) with 26 points and eight rebounds. AJ Hess hit 5 of 10 3-point attempts and finished with 24 points. Those two combined to hit 12 of 25 shots from the field, while the rest of their Thunderbirds teammates shot 23 percent (9 for 39).
Chiverton hit a 3-pointer to start a 10-2 run and capped it with a jumper to give Eastern Washington a 28-18 lead with 5 minutes left in the first half. The Eagles led 39-31 at the break and equaled their largest lead of the game when Jeffrey Forbes scored to make it 58-41 with 12:53 remaining.
Haws scores 28, BYU rolls past Portland 86-72
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Tyler Haws scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds Saturday night to lead BYU to an easy 86-72 win over Portland.
Haws was 13 of 19 from the field and now has scored 20 or more points 18 times this season. Brandon Davies added 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting for the Cougars (19-8, 9-4 West Coast), while Matt Carlino and Craig Cusick had 10 points and seven assists apiece. The Cougars shot 60 percent from the field in improving to 9-0 all-time against Portland.
Thomas van der Mars had 19 points and Tanner Riley chipped in 15 for the Pilots (9-18, 2-10).
BYU never trailed, leading 46-25 at halftime and by as many as 24 in the second half. Portland ended the game on an 8-0 run to close the gap somewhat.
The Cougars retired the jerseys of BYU legends Mel Hutchins and Roland Minson during a halftime ceremony.
Texas-Arlington holds off Seattle 65-63
SEATTLE (AP) — Brandon Edwards scored 12 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and Texas-Arlington held off Seattle 65-63 on Saturday night.
Texas-Arlington (14-9, 9-5 WAC) took a quick 10-4 lead out of the gates but Seattle responded with a 24-9 run capped off by Chad Rasmussen's jumper to give the Redhawks a 28-19 lead with 3:09 remaining in the first half.
Seattle led 31-26 at halftime but Shaq White-Miller buried a 3-pointer to open the second half which sparked a 10-5 run to tie it at 36-all.
From there the two teams traded baskets until it was tied at 62 thanks to a Rasmussen 3-pointer with 1:01 to go. Jordan Reves hit a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left to give the Mavericks a 64-63 lead and Kevin Butler hit a free throw with 1 second left to seal the deal for Texas-Arlington.
Reves had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Butler finished with 14.
Jarell Flora scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead Seattle (7-18, 2-13).
Morales ready to give boost to Mariners offense
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Kendrys Morales is ready for a fresh start.
In 2009, he batted .306 with 34 home runs and 108 RBIs. Five years after his arrival to the U.S. from Cuba via the Dominican Republic, Morales was thriving.
By May 29, 2010, he was one of the top hitters for the Los Angeles Angels in just his second full year in the majors.
That day in May, Morales hit a game-winning grand slam to beat the Mariners in the 10th inning at Angels Stadium.
He jogged around the bases toward a celebrating crowd of teammates and jumped on home plate, landing awkwardly and breaking his leg.
That ended Morales' season and forced him to miss all of 2011 as well. Morales returned to the Angels in 2012 and batted .273 with 22 home runs and 73 RBIs.
Then on Dec. 19, he was traded to Seattle for pitcher Jason Vargas.