Basketball: The Daily Wrap

 Here’s the hoop scoop for Monday . . .


 — UCLA (2-1) rallied from an early deficit to beat Pepperdine 71-52.  Sophomore Drew Gordon of San Jose had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Bruins. Also, a lawyer for Nikola Dragovic said the suspended senior forward will plead not guilty to felony assault charges he allegedly knocked a man into a glass display case at a Hollywood concert last month.

Oregon (3-2) lost for the second time in three nights, falling 68-55 at home to Montana. Leading scorer, senior guard TaJuan Porter, shot 1-for-5 and scored two points and the Ducks converted just 33 percent from the field.

— New coach Sean Miller suffered his first defeat at Arizona (2-1) when Wisconsin edged the Wildcats 65-61 in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.  Freshman Derrick Williams scored a career-high 25 points, including 13-for-21 from the FT line,  and senior Nic Wise had 13 points. But the rest of the team combined to shoot 7-for-25 from the field.

— USC redshirt junior forward Kasey Cunningham likely will miss the entire season after sustaining an ACL injury to his left knee, Cunningham, who averaged 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds as a starter in USC’s first two games, has three times previously undergone surgery on his left knee.


 Deon Thompson scored 22 points and 10 rebounds and North Carolina (5-1) rebounded from its loss to Syracuse with a 93-72 win over Gardner Webb . . .  E’Twuan Moore scored 22 points and Purdue (4-0) edged Tennessee (4-1) 73-72 in the championship game of the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands . . . Samardo Samuels scored 16 points, leading Louisville (4-0) to an 80-53 win over Appalachian State . . . Clemson (4-0) forced Winthrop into 26 turnovers and won its 30th straight game in the month of November in a 102-66 rout . . .  Texas (3-0) outscored Iowa 47-22 in the second half on the way to an 85-60 win in Kansas City.


San Ramon Valley HS grad Omar Samhan scored a career-best 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Saint Mary’s handled Cal Poly 92-67. The senior center is averaging 21.8 ppg . . . Freshman guard Will Cherry of Oakland’s McClymonds HS scored a career-high eight points in Montana’s 68-55 upset victory at Oregon . . . One-time Monte Vista HS star Cory Higgins had 19 points, six rebounds and three steals, but Colorado lost 76-72 to Gonzaga . . . Cal State Northridge junior Michael Lizarraga, a graduate of the California School for the Deaf, had seven rebounds in a starting role in the Matadors’ 68-67 loss at Western Kentucky . . . Senior Kyle Roemer, formerly of De La Salle HS, scored 18 points for the second straight game in Colgate’s 76-63 loss at TCU . . . Berkeley HS grad Dior Lowhorn scored a season-high 26 points but USF lost 76-65 at UC Santa Barbara .

Jeff Faraudo