Basketball: Winning for the First Fan
With the Secret Service watching . . .
AROUND THE PAC-10
– Oregon State (2-3) got 18 points from Seth Tarver and scored a 64-57 win over George Washington at Washington D.C., in a game attended by President Barack Obama and his family. The Beavers, of course, are coached by Craig Robinson, whose sister Michelle is the First Lady. The Beavers jumped out to a 14-0 lead on the way to snapping a two-game losing streak.
– Klay Thompson set a Great Alaska Shootout record with 43 points, leading Washington State (6-0) to a 93-56 rout of San Diego in the tournament’s championship game. A 6-foot-6 sophomore guard, Thompson shot 8-for-13 from 3-point range on the way to breaking Glenn Robinson’s 1993 single-game record of 41 points. Thompson is averaging 28.3 ppg. Update: Mike Tokito of the Oregonian reports that Thompson’s point total is the highest by a Pac-10 player since Stanford’s Casey Jacobsen scored 49 against Arizona State in 2002.
– Oregon (4-2) is halfway to its victory total of all last season after an 89-66 win over Montana State. Teondre Williams led six players in double figures with 19 points. Senior guard TaJuan Porter (ankle) sat out the game.
THE NATIONAL SCENE
No. 2 Michigan State (5-1) shook off a loss to Florida the night before to shoot 60 percent in a 106-68 rout of Massachusetts at the Legends Classic at Atlantic City, N.J. Coach Tom Izzo won his 341st game, breaking Jud Heathcote’s school record . . . No. 6 Purdue (5-0) held Central Michigan to 28.3-percent shooting in a 64-38 victory . . . No. 4 Villanova (6-0) beat La Salle 81-61 for its 20th win in the past 21 games against Big 5 Philly rivals . . . Guard Jason Clark scored 19 points to lead six players in double digits as No. 18 Georgetown (4-0) ripped Lafayette 97-64 . . . Oscar Bellfield scored 17 points, leading UNLV (5-0) to a 76-71 home upset of No. 16 Louisville (4-1).
WHY DO THEY PLAY THESE GAMES?
Coastal Carolina 97, Allen 44 . . . South Dakota 100, Dana 65 . . . Prairie View 101, Champion Baptist 38 . . . Loyola-Ill. 81, St. Ambrose 42 . . . No. 17 Ohio State 104, St. Francis, Pa., 47 . . . Nuff said.
Dominic Calegari, a senior forward from St. Mary’s HS in Berkeley, scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds, leading UC Davis to a 60-58 road win over Ball State. Calegari is averaging 21 points over the past three games . . . Senior guard Robert Owens of Skyline HS in Oakland had totaled 12 points in three previous games, but erupted for a career-high 22, leading San Jose State to a 59-54 win over Pacific . . . Former St. Mary’s of Berkeley star Larry Gurganious had eight points and 10 rebounds in UC Riverside’s 59-58 win over Sacramento State.