Ducks beat short-handed Bruins 87-83 in 2 OTs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joseph Young scored 26 points including the go-ahead 3-pointer in the second overtime, and Oregon outlasted short-handed UCLA 87-83 Thursday night.
The Bruins played without Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson, their top two scorers. The sophomore guards were suspended for the game for what first-year coach Steve Alford called a violation of team rules. They're expected to return to action Sunday night when the Bruins entertain Oregon State in their final home game of the season.
Jason Calliste added 18 points, Mike Moser had 12 points and a season-high 20 rebounds and Richard Amardi added 12 points for the Ducks (19-8, 7-8 Pac-12), who outrebounded the Bruins 50-38 while winning their fourth straight despite blowing a 15-point lead.
Freshman Bryce Alford led the Bruins (21-7, 10-5) with a career-high 31 points and six assists. Freshman Zach LaVine added 18 points and eight rebounds and Norm Powell scored 14 for UCLA.
Oregon State completes season sweep of USC 76-66
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roberto Nelson had 14 points and Oregon State managed to hold off a final charge and beat USC 76-66, sweeping the season series on Thursday night.
Oregon State (15-12, 7-8 Pac-12) allowed USC to get as close as 69-64 with 1:44 to play. But the Trojans had to foul extend the game and Oregon State converted the free throws it needed to hang on.
Angus Brandt added 13 points for the Beavers, while Devon Collier had 12 and Langston Morris-Walker scored 11.
The Beavers entered the game having lost four of their last five, but parlayed seven first-half blocks and three steals into a commanding 43-20 halftime edge.
The Trojans fell behind 22-6 in the first 11 minutes, hitting on just two of their first 14 field goal attempts. USC was led by senior J.T. Terrell with 21 points, 18 in the second half.
Gonzaga clinches WCC with 70-53 win over Pacific
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Pangos had 18 points, Drew Barham matched his career high with 17 points off the bench, and Gonzaga beat Pacific 70-53 on Thursday night to clinch the outright West Coast Conference regular season title.
It was the perfect bounce-back game for the Bulldogs, (24-6, 14-3 WCC), who will head into the conference tournament as the top seed for the 11th time in coach Mark Few's 15 seasons. Gonzaga had lost back-to-back games to BYU and San Diego and fell out of the Top 25 before blowing out the Tigers in their first visit to the Northern California campus in more than 35 years.
The Bulldogs led by as much as 23 despite a slow night from leading scorer Sam Dower Jr. and got enough scoring off the bench to make up for the slack.
T.J. Wallace had nine points and four rebounds for Pacific (14-14, 5-12).
PORTLAND-SAINT MARY'S (CAL)
Saint Mary's holds off Portland 70-61
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Holt pumped in 26 points, including four 3-pointers, to lift Saint Mary's to a 70-61 win over Portland on Thursday night.
Saint Mary's (21-9, 11-6 West Coast Conference) took the lead for good late in the first half on a 3-pointer from James Walker III but would have to protect it in the final 4 minutes of the game as Portland shaved the gap to 55-53 with a Ryan Nicholas jumper. Holt responded with a 3-pointer and followed it up with a layup as part of a 7-0 run that rebuilt the Gaels advantage, which would hold.
Brad Waldow contributed 14 points and Kerry Carter 12 for the Gaels, who were outrebounded by Portland (15-14, 7-10) but made up for it with 19-of-25 shooting from the penalty stripe and 11 of 29 from long range.
Thomas van der Mars led Portland with 22 points and 17 rebounds.
Chicago State beats Seattle 84-77 in 3OT
SEATTLE (AP) — Clarke Rosenberg scored six of his 17 points in triple overtime Thursday night to help lift Chicago State over Seattle University 84-77.
Matt Ross also scored 17, Rahjan Muhammad 15, Nate Duhon 13, and Quinton Pippen 12, but Rosenberg's four free throws and jumper in third overtime were key for the Cougars (12-16, 7-6 Western Athletic Conference).
Johnny Griffin scored a layup and a dunk and Muhammad and Ross each made free throws as Chicago State outscored Seattle 14-7 in the third overtime.
Chicago State led 27-21 at halftime, but a 3 by Seattle's Isiah Umipig tied it at 55 at the end of regulation. Duhon tied it at 64 with a layup in overtime, and Umipig tied it at 70 in second overtime by hitting two free throws.
Umipig finished with 23 for Seattle (12-14, 4-9), Jarell Flora had 15, Shore Adenekan 13, and Clarence Trent grabbed 12 rebounds.
PORTLAND ST-NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota defeats Portland State 83-73
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Troy Huff scored 24 points to lead North Dakota to an 83-73 win over Portland State on Thursday.
Aaron Anderson added 12 points and Josh Schuler had 11 off the bench as the reserves for North Dakota (13-14, 10-7 Big Sky) out-scored the reserves for the Vikings (13-13, 8-9) 32-10.
Andrew Winston had 20 points, Kyle Richardson 19 and Tim Douglas and Gary Winston 12 each for Portland State. DeShaun Wiggins, with 10 points, was the only Viking reserve to score. Richardson pulled down 14 rebounds.
Portland State shot 51.7 from the field but was only 4 of 15 from 3-point range and made just 9 of 16 free throws. North Dakota shot 48.4 percent but made half of its 16 treys and was 15 of 18 from the line.
North Dakota led 32-27 at the half and pushed the margin to 10 midway through the second half.
E WASHINGTON-N COLORADO
Harvey's 31 fuels E Washington by N Colorado 80-66
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Tyler Harvey drained seven 3-pointers to finish with 31 points as Eastern Washington defeated Northern Colorado 80-66 Thursday night.
The Eagles (14-14, 9-8 Big Sky) shot 49 percent from the field and outrebounded UNC 35-25. Ognjen Miljkovic scored 11 points and Venky Jois added 10.
UNC (16-10, 10-7) shot 45.8 percent, but went just 4 of 16 from deep. Tate Unruh had 13 points.
EWU surged ahead with a 27-9 run in the first half to go up 38-22. Harvey fueled the run with a trio of 3-pointers, a dunk and three free throws.
The Bears pulled within 10 in the second half, but a 17-8 EWU run sparked by two Miljkovic 3-pointers put them up 19 at the midway mark.
Harvey set a school record with his 104th 3-pointer on the season, helping EWU remain in a four-way tie for fifth place in a tight Big Sky race.
T25-SAINT MARY'S (CAL)-GONZAGA
No. 22 Gonzaga tops Saint Mary's 75-65 to win WCC
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Haiden Palmer scored 19 points to lead No. 22 Gonzaga to a 75-65 win over Saint Mary's on Thursday, giving the Bulldogs their 10th-straight West Coast Conference title.
Keani Albanez added 14 points for the Bulldogs (25-4, 15-2).
Danielle Mauldin had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Saint Mary's (20-8, 10-7), which opened league play with a 79-78 win over the Bulldogs in overtime. Kate Gaze added 17 points and Jackie Nared 14.
Gonzaga had a 10-0 run in the first half to take a 27-19 lead, and it was 35-29 at halftime.
The Zags again had trouble with the Gaels' front line. Mauldin hit all 10 of her free throws as the team went 21 of 27. But after getting outrebounded 54-31 the first time, including 22-14 on the offensive end, this time the difference was just three and GU had one more offensive board.
Gonzaga had eight 3s.
No. 18 Cal women beat Washington St. 75-68 in OT
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Reshanda Gray set career highs by scoring 43 points and pulling down 16 rebounds and Brittany Boyd recorded just the second triple-double in school history as No. 18 California beat Washington State 75-68 in overtime Thursday night.
Boyd scored eight of her 13 points in overtime, finishing with 11 assists and a career-high 14 rebounds. She made just 2 of 16 field goals.
Gray made 17 of 20 from the floor and recorded her seventh consecutive double-double. She has 14 on the season.
The two teams combined to attempt 159 field goals, including 90 by WSU — the second most in program history. WSU attempted 103 field goals against St. Mary's in 2006. They also combined for 102 rebounds.
Tia Presley finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Shalie Dheensaw added 14 and 15 for WSU (15-14, 9-8 Pac-12), which made just 2 of 14 field goals in overtime.
No. 5 Stanford women cruise past Washington, 83-60
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike had 32 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 5 Stanford in an 83-60 victory over Washington on Thursday night.
Bonnie Samuelson added 14 points for Stanford (27-2, 16-1 Pac-12), while Lili Thompson had 11 and Amber Orrange 10. The Cardinal evened an 87-82 loss to the Huskies on Feb. 9 that snapped Washington's 14-game losing streak to Stanford.
Ogwumike fell four points shy of tying her career high, reached twice this season. The senior forward increased her career scoring total to 2,543, leaving her 87 shy of breaking former Stanford star Candice Wiggins' Pac-12 record. Ogwumike also had her 21st double-double of the season.
Kelsey Plum led the Huskies (16-12, 9-8) with 21 points. Talia Walton added 12 and Jazmine Davis 10.
Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska starts Saturday
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — They're getting ready to run the dogs in Anchorage.
The 42nd Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starts Saturday in Alaska's largest city. This is the noncompetitive start, and a festival-like atmosphere will be evident as mushers greet fans and take a leisurely 11-mile run on urban trails in Anchorage.
The real race starts Sunday in Willow, about 50 miles north of Anchorage. That's the official start of the race that will see mushers go over two mountain ranges. They'll also mush on the Yukon River and on the frozen Bering Sea coast in the quest to be the first to reach Nome.
The nearly 1,000-mile race will end in about 10 days on Alaska's western coast.