Dower leads Gonzaga past Loyola-Marymount, 86-67
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Sam Dower Jr. scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Gonzaga to an 86-67 victory over Loyola Marymount Saturday night, clinching at least a tie for the West Coast Conference regular season championship.
Brigham Young's 60-57 victory over Saint Mary's left both those teams four games behind Gonzaga with four games remaining. It's the Bulldogs' 13th regular-season title in the last 14 years.
Kevin Pangos added 17 points as the Bulldogs (23-4, 13-1 WCC) finished a season undefeated at home for the first time since 2006.
Anthony Ireland had 23 points for Loyola Marymount (11-16, 3-12), which lost its sixth straight game and 12th in the last 13 outings.
LMU's Evan Payne had three baskets, including a 3-pointer, and the Lions took advantage of three Gonzaga turnovers in the opening minutes before the Bulldogs put together a 13-2 run, with Pangos making a pair of 3-pointers.
Brown's 30 lead Stanford past Washington St. 69-56
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Anthony Brown scored a career-high 30 points and went 10 of 11 from the free-throw line to help Stanford beat Washington State 69-56 on Saturday.
Chasson Randle scored 14 points and made 5 of 6 free throws late in the second half as Stanford (16-8, 7-5 Pac-12) rebounded from a loss Wednesday against Washington.
Que Johnson had 14 points and four 3-pointers, and DaVonte Lacy was well below his season average with 13 points as Washington State (9-16, 2-11) dropped its fourth straight.
Stanford jumped ahead 14-5 and extended its lead to 39-24 at halftime. Brown scored 20 in the first half, shooting 6 of 6 from the field, including four 3-pointers.
Stanford started the second just 1 of 10 from the field while Washington State cut the deficit to 49-44 at 9:17. But the Cougars got no closer from there.
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Eastern Washington runs away from N. Arizona 84-65
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Tyler Harvey had 37 points in his fifth 30-point game of the season to lead Eastern Washington to an 84-65 win over Northern Arizona on Saturday.
Harvey hit nine 3-pointers, one shy of the school record he shares, as the Eagles (12-13, 7-7) tied a school record by making 16 in 30 attempts. Parker Kelly added 12 points on four 3's and Drew Brandon had 12 points and eight assists.
Freshman Kris Yanku came off the bench to score a career-high 30 points for the Lumberjacks (11-14, 8-6), hitting 13 of 16 free throws. Quinton Upshur added 16 points. Len Springs blocked eight shots.
Harvey had two 3's and Brandon one as the Eagles opened the game with an 11-1 run. Harvey had 16 points and Eastern had eight 3's in opening a 39-26 lead at the half.
Portland defeats Pepperdine 74-62
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ryan Nicholas scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds to help put Portland over Pepperdine 74-62 on Saturday.
Thomas van der Mars added 15 points and five rebounds for the Pilots (15-11, 7-7). Tanner Riley scored 10 points and Korey Thieleke and Alec Wintering had eight apiece.
Portland took a 15-5 lead early in the first half with Nicholas sinking a pair of 3-pointers and Riley hitting 5 for 5 from the line. The Pilots led 40-33 at the break.
Pepperdine came within four points on a Stacy Davis 3 at 6:52 in the second but could not get any closer as Nicholas sealed the win for the Pilots with 10 points — including 6 of 6 from the line — in the final six minutes.
Malcolm Brooks finished with 15 points for the Waves (14-13, 7-8) who hit just 35 percent from the field.
Smoak, Mariners reach deal guaranteeing $2,787,500
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Justin Smoak and the Seattle Mariners have agreed on a contract that guarantees the first baseman $2,787,500 and could be worth up to $8,287,500 over two years.
Smoak will earn $2,637,500 this season under Saturday's agreement, and Seattle has a $3.65 million option for 2015 with a $150,000 buyout. The deal contains several bonuses and escalators. He was Seattle's last player in arbitration.
With the moves to acquire Corey Hart and Logan Morrison in the offseason, Smoak's time at first base could be significantly reduced if he isn't a consistent performer at the plate.
The 27-year-old hit a career-high 20 homers last season but batted just .238. He improved after a stint on the disabled list in June, raising his average to .274 in early August before a swoon over the final six weeks of the season.
Smoak ranked fifth among AL first basemen with a .995 fielding percentage.
His option price could escalate based on 2014 performance and awards: $100,000 for 500 plate appearances, $250,000 for 525 plate appearances, $250,00 for finishing among the top 15 in MVP voting, $200,000 for All-Star election or selection, $150,000 for Silver Slugger and $50,000 for Gold Glove. In addition, he could earn all of those amounts as 2014 bonuses.
The option would become guaranteed if he has 525 plate appearances or meets the MVP, All-Star or Silver Slugger targets.
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Sacramento St holds off Portland St, 72-65
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mikh McKinney scored 18 points and had 11 assists to lead Sacramento State to a 72-65 win at Portland State on Saturday night.
The Hornets built a 14-point halftime lead, but Portland State battled back, cutting the Sacramento State lead to five points, 70-65 in the closing seconds.
Cody Demps finished with 16 points for the Hornets (11-12, 7-7 Big Sky). Dylan Garrity added 15 points and Eric Stuteville contributed 12 points off the bench. Sacramento shot 61.7 percent from the floor (29 of 47).
Portland State (11-12, 6-8) shot well from the field, connecting on 29 of 54 shots (53.7 percent), but was just 4 of 14 from long range and attempted just eight free throws.
Andre Winston Jr. led the Vikings with 18 points on 8 of 10 shooting. Tim Douglas and Gary Winston added 10 points apiece.