Gasol scores 23 as Grizzlies beat Blazers 91-85
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Jerryd Bayless scored all 13 of his points in the final 13 minutes, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Portland Trail Blazers 91-85 on Wednesday night.
Memphis, which won its second straight and 10th in the last 11, rallied from 17 points down in the third quarter. Mike Conley added 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, and had six assists. Tony Allen scored 10 points, including two free throws with 4.8 seconds left provided the final margin.
Damian Lillard scored 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting to lead Portland. J.J. Hickson had 12 points and 13 rebounds, Eric Maynor also scored 12, and Wesley Matthews had 11. Nicolas Batum scored 10 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Memphis was without leading rebounder Zach Randolph (left ankle sprain) and forward Darrell Arthur (sore neck and back).
Washington State upsets No. 23 UCLA 73-61
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Brock Motum had 20 points and 11 rebounds as last-place Washington State upset No. 23 UCLA 73-61 on Wednesday night, breaking a 19-game home losing streak to the Bruins that extended to 1993.
Royce Woolridge added 19 points for Washington State (12-18, 3-14 Pac-12), which also broke a nine-game losing streak that had put coach Ken Bone on the hot seat.
Jordan Adams scored 18 points for UCLA (22-8, 12-5), which had won four straight games and came into Wednesday tied with Oregon for first place in the Pac-12.
Washington State had lost its last eight games against the Bruins, who were coming off a win over No. 18 Arizona.
Washington State played without Mike Ladd (knee injury) and DaVonte Lacy (knee injury), their second- and third-leading scorers.
CAL ST BAKERSFIELD-SEATTLE
Cal State Bakersfield beats Seattle 75-74 in OT
KENT, Wash. (AP) — Stephon Carter's jumper with three seconds remaining in overtime gave Cal State Bakersfield a 75-74 victory against Seattle on Wednesday night.
Tyrone White had 27 points, Brandon Barnes 19 points and 11 rebounds and Carter 12 points for the Roadrunners (13-16).
Chad Rasmussen scored 13 points, Louis Green 11 and Prince Obasi 10 for the Redhawks (8-20).
Obasi's layup with 11 seconds remaining in regulation culminated a comeback from seven points down with three minutes to go, knotted the score at 64-all and forced overtime.
Next season, the schools will be league rivals when Cal State Bakersfield joins the Western Athletic Conference.
Suggs, Jarreau lead Washington past USC 65-57
SEATTLE (AP) — Scott Suggs scored 18 points and redshirt freshman Jernard Jarreau added a career-high 12 to lead Washington to a 65-57 win over USC on Wednesday night.
Jarreau and the Huskies (17-13, 9-8 Pac-12) combined to make 17 consecutive free throws over the final 17:40, following five consecutive misses to start the game.
Andrew Andrews scored five of his seven points in the final 2:07. Suggs scored 11 of his 18 points after halftime, making 8 of 13 shots for the game.
Washington won its third straight game after losing eight of its previous 10.
Dewayne Dedmon had 18 points for USC, which was leading 41-39 when he collected his fourth foul and came out of the game with 11:51 remaining. Washington went on to score nine unanswered points and never trailed again.
The Trojans (14-16, 9-8) shot just 37.5 percent from the field for the game.
Loyola Marymount advances, beats Portland 65-54
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ashley Hamilton scored 21 points, Anthony Ireland added 12 and Loyola Marymount ended a 14-game losing streak with a 65-54 win over Portland in first round action of the West Coast Conference tournament Wednesday night.
The Pilots made it a two possession game after Bryce Pressley hit two free throws to make it 60-54 with 28 seconds left but Portland committed three turnovers in its final three possessions and ninth-seeded Loyola Marymount (9-22) held on for the win.
Hamilton was 8 for 12 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds for the Lions, which played Portland for the second time in three years and the fifth in the last 10 years in WCC tournament play.
Kevin Bailey scored 21 points to lead Portland (11-21) and Ryan Nicholas had 18 points and nine rebounds.
Loyola Marymount will play fifth-seeded San Francisco in the second round of the WCC tournament Thursday. The Dons received a first-round bye.
PAC 12 TOURNAMENT
Deepest Pac-12 in years set for new conference tournament venue in Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) — For a change, talking about Pac-12 women's basketball from a national perspective doesn't stop after mentioning No. 4 Stanford.
Right behind the Cardinal, and sharing the conference title this year, is rapidly improving and fifth-ranked California. Not too far back are No. 14 UCLA and the surprise of the season, No. 18 Colorado. Even recently downtrodden Washington is showing signs of resurgence and is on the verge of a 20-win season.
While the top to bottom depth of the Pac-12 could still use improvement, the coaches see the league becoming stronger and receiving more worthy recognition.
The depth of the conference will get a chance to showcase itself this week when the Pac-12 tournament moves out of Los Angeles and gets a four-day billing at KeyArena in Seattle.
Lance Mackey continues to lead Iditarod
OPHIR, Alaska (AP) — There wasn't much movement Wednesday on the leader board for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Four-time winner Lance Mackey continues to lead the 1,000-mile race to Nome.
Mackey was the first musher to leave the Ophir checkpoint at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Sonny Lindner left Ophir about 8 a.m., and Jeff King, another four-time champion, left less than an hour later.
Four other mushers — Jake Berkowitz, Nicolas Petit, Jim Lanier and Jason Mackey — are all into Ophir.
Ophir was once the center of an important gold-mining district but now is a ghost town. From Ophir, mushers head 90 miles to another ghost town, the checkpoint at Iditarod.
Mushers are approaching the half-way mark in the race, which began Sunday with 65 teams. Two teams have scratched.