Stanford is over .500 again, but no good news for the Bruins and Trojans . . .
AROUND THE PAC-10
– Another day, another historic loss for UCLA (3-4), which dropped its third straight game, falling 79-68 to Long Beach State in the seventh-place game of the 76 Classic in Anaheim. It was the Bruins’ first-ever defeat to the 49ers after 11 straight victories dating back to 1970. Senior Michael Roll scored a season-high 23 points for UCLA, which shot 3-for-20 from 3-point range.
– Marcus Johnson air-balled a would-be, game-tying 3-pointer just before the buzzer and USC (2-2) dropped a 51-48 decision to Nebraska at the Galen Center. Alex Stepheson had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Trojans.
– Stanford (4-3) got 25 points from Landry Fields and used a 10-0 second-half run to post an 83-64 win over Portland State. Jeremy Green added 19 points for the Cardinal. It was the sixth 20-point performance of the season for Fields, who is averaging 23.3 ppg.
– No. 14 Washington (5-0) stayed at home and stayed unbeaten, beating Montana 63-59 at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies, who haven’t yet strayed from Seattle, got two free throws with 14.5 seconds left from Venoy Overton, who then blocked a shot to clinch the victory. Isaiah Thomas scored 14 points for UW, but senior Quincy Pondexter struggled through a 2-for-10 shooting night.
THE NATIONAL SCENE
No. 3 Texas (5-0) got 23 points from Dexter Pittman and gradually pulled away from ex-Cal coach Ben Braun’s Rice squad (4-2) . . . No. 11 North Carolina (6-1) used a career-high 23 points by Deon Thompson to earn coach Roy Williams his 600th career victor in an 80-73 win over Nevada. Sophomore Ed Davis contributed 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Tar Heels . . . Demontez Stitt scored 19 points including the game-winning free throws and No. 19 Clemson beat No. 12 Butler (4-2) 70-69 in the 76 Classic . . . Portland’s (5-1) magical run at the 76 Classic ended in an 84-66 loss to No. 8 West Virginia (5-0) in the tournament title game. DaSean Butler had 26 points for the Mountaineers.
Former Berkeley HS star Dior Lowhorn scored 21 points in USF’s 91-75 double-overtime loss at Colorado State. It was Lowhorn’s 40th career game of 20 points or more . . . Freshman guard Will Cherry, formerly of Oakland’s McClymonds HS, scored a career-high 15 points in Montana’s 63-59 loss at Washington.