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Basketball: Not the Big Game, but . . .

By Jeff Faraudo
Saturday, November 21st, 2009 at 9:00 pm in Basketball, Gameday.

You know it’s a tough Saturday for Pac-10 hoops when a Stanford win over Florida A&M is the only bright spot:

AROUND THE PAC-10

 – Stanford (2-2) squared its record with a 99-69 rout of winless Florida A&M. Jeremy Green scored 21 points, one of six Cardinal players who reached double digits. Landry Fields filled the boxscore with 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. 

– Loyola Marymount, which entered the game just 1-3 and was 3-28 a year ago, stunned USC  67-59 at the Galen Center. Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Trojans (1-1), but standout guard Dwight Lewis shot just  3-for-12 and scored 11 points.

 – This one was even harder to believe – a Sacramento State team that was 2-27 last year knocked off Oregon State 65-63 in Corvallis, Ore. The Hornets had dropped 29 consecutive games to Pac-10 opponents and were 1-30 all-time against the conference until Saturday. The Beavers (1-3) trailed 44-22 at halftime and shot just 4-for-15  from the 3-point arc.

– You have to wonder if Oregon ever will be willing to visit Portland again. Ex-Stanford assistant Eric Reveno’s Pilots (3-0) upset the Ducks 88-81. Nik Raivio scored 24 points for host Portland. Sophomore Malcolm Armstead had a career-best 21 for the Ducks (3-1).

THE NATIONAL SCENE

 One night after Arizona State set a school record with 18 3-pointers, Duke (4-0)  tied its school mark with the same number in a 104-67 rout of Radford . . . Maybe you can’t go home: Jeff Capel returned to his old stomping grounds of Richmond, Va., and Virginia Commonwealth upset his Oklahoma squad 82-69. Star guard Willie Warren shot 0-for-8 from 3-point range for the Sooners (2-1) . . . Freshman guard John Wall had 21 points and 11 assists, leading Kentucky (4-0) to a 92-63 win over Radford .

LOCAL HEROES

Richmond HS product Eli Holman had career-high totals of 20 points and 14 rebounds and Detroit (3-1) beat Albnay 66-54. Holman is averaging 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds . . . Former Mt. Diablo HS standout Antonio Flaggs contributed 10 points to Sacramento State’s upset win at Oregon State . . . Ethan Niedermeyer, the one-time De La Salle HS standout, had 11 points and six rebounds for Portland in its win over Oregon.

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  • CalBear91

    Jeff,
    I’m really trying to find out about Theo? Any word on his injury?

    Thanks