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Posted on February 24, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 24 at 7:04 PM


No. 3 Gonzaga beats San Diego 81-50

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Kevin Pangos scored 18 points and No. 3 Gonzaga beat San Diego 81-50 on Saturday, putting the Bulldogs in position to rise to second in the AP poll after No. 2 Miami was upset by Wake Forest earlier in the day.

Kelly Olynyk added 14 points and nine rebounds for Gonzaga (27-2, 14-0 West Coast Conference), which clinched at least a tie for the WCC regular-season title it yielded to Saint Mary's last year. It marks the 12th league title in 13 seasons for the Zags, who have set a team record for regular-season wins.

Chris Manresa scored 19 to lead San Diego (13-16, 6-8), which has lost four straight.

Gonzaga has never been ranked as high as No. 2 in the country. The Bulldogs have won 10 straight games since a last-second defeat at Butler. Their only other loss was to Illinois, and they have the best winning percentage in Division I.


No. 23 Oregon beats Stanford 77-66

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Johnathan Loyd had season highs of 15 points and nine assists to lead No. 23 Oregon to a 77-66 victory over Stanford on Saturday night.

Carlos Emory led the Ducks with 19 points and Arsalan Kazemi scored 15 points for the Ducks (22-6, 11-4 Pac-12), who gave coach Dana Altman his 600th career win and kept themselves tied with Arizona atop the league standings.

Loyd, making his ninth start in place of injured point guard Dominic Artis, sparked Oregon. The junior, who was 6 of 8 from the field, had a career in assists.

Dwight Powell led the Cardinal (16-12, 7-8) with 16 points and Josh Huestis had 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Oregon led 30-26 at halftime but outscored the Cardinal 11-4 early in the second half to go up 46-34 with 13:50 to play and Stanford never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way.


Suggs leads Huskies to 68-59 win over Sun Devils

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Scott Suggs scored 16 points and hit a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left, helping Washington hold off Arizona State 68-59 Saturday night.

Washington (15-13, 7-8 Pac-12) led by 12 midway through the second half and nearly blew it all, allowing the Sun Devils to pull within one. Abdul Gaddy, who had 13 points, hit a big jumper and Suggs followed with his 3-pointer to keep Arizona State from completing the comeback in its seniors' final home game.

Washington dominated the Sun Devils inside in the teams' previous meeting and again gave them trouble, grabbing 13 more rebounds and scoring 14 points off 14 offensive boards.

Arizona State (20-8, 9-6) came up short against Washington for the second time this season and in its bid to match the school record for home wins with 16. Ruslan Pateev, Jahii Carson and Evan Gordon had 10 points each for the Sun Devils.


Parrom makes 5 3s, No. 12 Arizona beats Cougars

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Parrom matched his career best with five 3 pointers — in six tries — scoring a season-high 19 points and leading No. 12 Arizona past Washington State 73-56 on Saturday.

Parrom opened the game with two 3s and the Wildcats (23-4, 11-4 Pac-12) led all the way. Arizona was up by as many as 21 points early in the second half before the Cougars cut it to 11 late.

Mark Lyons added 14 points and freshman Kaleb Tarczewski had a career-best 12 for the Wildcats, who began the day tied with Oregon atop the Pac-12.

Brock Motum scored 20 points but missed six free throws for the last-place Cougars (11-17, 2-13), who lost their eighth straight. DaVonte Lacy added 10 points, eight in the second half.


California holds off Oregon State 60-59

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Justin Cobbs had 18 points and surging California won its fifth straight game by outlasting a late rally from Oregon State for a 60-59 victory on Saturday.

California (18-9, 10-5 Pac-12) has won seven of its last eight games, including victories over then-No. 7 Arizona and No. 23 Oregon.

The Golden Bears led by as many as 14 points but Oregon State cut it to 45-42 on Joe Burton's layup with 8:32 left in the game. The Beavers (13-15, 3-12) stayed within reach and Devon Collier's layup cut Cal's lead to 58-55 with 1:47 left.

Justin Cobbs hit a jumper from atop the key for California before Collier made four straight free throws to come within 60-59 with 43 seconds left.

With 10 seconds left, Cobbs missed a jumper out front. But Ahmad Starks' 3-point attempt missed with a second left on the clock to end it.


Eastern Washington defeats Sam Houston State 81-76

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Collin Chiverton scored 20 points, Jeffrey Forbes hit a big shot to reach a career milestone, and Eastern Washington held off BracketBusters foe Sam Houston State 81-76 on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles (9-18) set a Big Sky Conference record with 16 blocked shots, eight by Martin Seiferth.

Chiverton was 7 of 10 from the floor, including three 3-pointers. Forbes had 11 points, including a 3-pointer with 2:38 left that made him the 16th EWU player to reach 1,000 career points.

Parker Kelly added 17 points for the Eagles, and Venky Jois had 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Forbes' milestone 3-pointer gave EWU what seemed a comfortable 73-64 lead with 2:38 left. But the Bearkats (14-13) rallied, pulling within 76-74 on James Thomas' layup with 34 seconds to play. Chiverton and Kelly hit two free throws apiece to secure the victory.

Paul Baxter scored 19 points for the Bearkats.


Portland State beats UC Riverside 66-58

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Michael Harthun scored 15 points, Aaron Moore chipped in with 13 points and nine rebounds and Portland State used a 24-8 run over the final 12 minutes to win its BracketBusters game over UC Riverside 66-58 on Saturday.

To begin the 24-8 run, Portland State (8-16) trailed 50-42 and scored 10 straight points capped off by a Harthun 3-pointer which gave the Vikings a 52-50 lead with 7:51 remaining in the game. Portland State never trailed again.

Chris Patton had 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting and grabbed five rebounds for UC Riverside (6-21), which shot 44.4 percent from the floor but was only 2 of 14 from three-point range. Josh Fox had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Highlanders outscored Portland State 36-20 inside the paint.

Gary Winston scored 10 points and had three assists for the Vikings, which were 18 of 23 from the free-throw line.


Foster leads Santa Clara past Portland 75-63

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kevin Foster moved to No. 2 on the all-time West Coast Conference scoring list and Santa Clara won its 20th game of the season, defeating Portland 75-63 on Saturday.

Foster scored 20 points to give him 2,211 in his career, surpassing Loyola Marymount's Terrell Lowery (2,201, 1988-92). Foster also tied the school record for career starts (116) and career field goals (712), while Raymond Cowels III and Marc Trasolini tied the school record for career games played (128).

Cowels and Trasolini scored 17 points apiece for Santa Clara (20-9, 8-6 West Coast), and Yannick Atanga had a career-high 16 rebounds.

Kevin Bailey and Thomas van der Mars both scored 11 for the Pilots (11-19, 4-11).

Santa Clara led by as many as 20 points in the first half before taking a 44-30 lead into the break. Portland got within 57-52 with 6:25 remaining before Trasolini answered with two straight baskets for the Broncs.


Bay, Smoak homer for Mariners in 8-6 win

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Jason Bay and Justin Smoak hit two-run home runs for the Mariners in Saturday's 8-6 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Bay hit a line shot beyond the left-field wall in his first at-bat, a welcome start to an exhibition season in which he must earn a spot on the opening day roster. He walked twice in three turns at the plate, once driven home in the fifth inning by another Mariner in need of a good start.

Smoak, the switch-hitting cleanup hitter who underwhelmed with a .217 average in 2012, hit a home run to right field from the left side of the plate that gave Seattle a 4-0 lead.

The Padres scored once on Jeudy Valdez's RBI double in the fifth.

Padres starter Tyson Ross pitched two innings in the loss and gave up Bay's home run. Blake Beavan started for Seattle and pitched two scoreless innings.