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Basketball: Bay Area aside, a good day for the Pac

Only Cal and Stanford falter as five conference schools prevail . . .

AROUND THE PAC-10

– Potent Texas Tech (10-1) scored 58 second-half points and Stanford (5-6) couldn’t keep pace in a 100-87 loss at Lubbock. Landry Fields had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinal and Jeremy Green had 24 points and eight rebounds.  The Red Raiders, who previously beat Washington and Oregon State, had five players score in double figures, led by Mike Singletary’s 28. Texas Tech converted 54.5 percent from the field and shot 48 free throws.

– Down nine points at halftime, USC (6-4) rallied for a 55-51 win over Western Michigan at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu and will play Saint Mary’s (10-1) in Wednesday’s tournament semifinals.  Senior point guard Mike Gerrity, playing just his second game since becoming eligible as a transfer from Charlotte, shot 7-for-11 and scored 17 points to lead the Trojans. He also had three assists, two steals and just one turnover in 35 minutes.

– Quincy Pondexter had 25 points and 13 rebounds and No. 22 Washington (8-2) got the Pac-10 a rare win over the Big 12 with a 74-63 victory over Texas A&M in Seattle. The Huskies survived a rare off night by sophomore guard Isaiah Thomas, who shot 3-for-12 and scored nine points. Thomas did contribute seven rebounds and five assists. UW held A&M (9-3) to 31-percent shooting.

– A  great win for Washington State (10-2), which got 26 points from Klay Thompson in a 72-70 overtime win over LSU (8-3) in Seattle. DeAngelo Casto scored 13 points, Reggie Moore 12 and Nikola Koprivica 11 for the Cougars. WSU held Trent Johnson’s Tigers to 34.5 percent shooting.

– Nikola Dragovic scored 17 points, helping UCLA (4-7) to a 75-63 win over visiting Colorado State, just the Bruins’ second victory in their past eight games. Sophomore guard Malcolm Lee scored 16 points and is averaging 20.3 ppg over the past four games.

Oregon (7-4), still playing without senior guard TaJuan Porter (ankle), got 23 points from Malcolm Armstead in a 77-71 win over Idaho State. Garrett Sim and Michael Dunigan each contributed 14 points. The Bruins trailed 54-46 before unleashing a 29-9 run to take charge.

THE NATIONAL SCENE

Coming off an impressive win over North Carolina, No. 2 Texas (11-0) knocked off No. 9 Michigan State  79-68 to state its case as the nation’s best team. Senior Damion James had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Longhorns, while the Spartans (9-3) had 22 turnovers . . . JaJuan Johnson scored  16 points to lead five players in double digits and No. 4 Purdue (11-0) routed SIU-Edwardsville 90-63 . . . No. 5 Syracuse (12-0) got 27 points from freshman guard Brandon Triche in a  92-60 win over Oakland . . . Sophomore Ed Davis had 19 points and 10 rebounds, leading No. 10 North Carolina (9-3) to a 98-61 win over Marshall . . . David Lighty scored 30 points and No. 17 Ohio State (10-2) beat Cleveland State 72-59. 

LOCAL HEROES

Damian Lillard (Oakland HS) scored 22 points, including a go-ahead basket in the final minute, helping Weber State to a 66-64 win over Morehead State . . . Kyle Roemer (De La Salle HS) contributed nine points to Colgate’s first win of the season, a 63-44 road conquest of Dartmouth . . . Cory Higgins (Monte Vista HS) had 14 points and eight assists as Colorado beat Cal State Northridge 92-58 . . . Vinnie McGhee (McClymonds HS) had 13 points and six rebounds for Northridge . . . Dominic Calegari (St. Mary’s HS) had 14 points and eight rebounds, but UC Davis lost 69-57 to Air Force.

Jeff Faraudo

  • uh oh.

    It should be mentioned that in Washington’s win over Texas A&M, a valuable A&M player came down on a rebound and broke his leg (between ankle and knee) such that it was at a 90 degree angle, hanging sideways as he lay on the floor, obviously in a shock-induced calmness.

    All those (myself included) who complain about this or that with college sports need to be reminded that these people are out there working hard for our entertainment. God bless them. One freak play and their career is over. It was poignant how A&M players were crying, wincing, and covering their faces at the sight of their fallen teammate and friend.