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Basketball: Encouraging wins for USC, Arizona

 There are only six unbeatens left after New Mexico — which entered the day as one of three undefeated teams with a win over Cal — fell at Oral Roberts.  

AROUND THE PAC-10

– New point guard Mike Gerrity has changed USC (7-4), which won its third in a row with a 60-49 victory over Saint Mary’s (10-2) in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic at Honolulu. Gerrity scored 17 points against the Gaels, shooting 6-for-6 in the first half, and is averaging 15.3 ppg in three games since becoming eligible as a transfer from Charlotte. Sophomore forward Leonard Washington, declared academically eligible to play earlier in the day, contributed 10 points and four rebounds.

– After Arizona blew an eight-point lead in the final 37 seconds, Nic Wise drove the length of the floor for a layup with 1 seconds left and the Wildcats (6-5) beat North Carolina State 76-74. Freshman Derrick Williams led the Cats with 24 points. Wise scored 17 andArizona forced N.C. State (8-3) into 20 turnovers.

Arizona State (10-3) rode 15 points apiece from guards Jamelle McMillan and Ty Abbott to a less-than-overwhelming 61-52 win over USC Upstate (1-10). The Sun Devils prevailed despite the fact that two starters — Rihards Kuksiks and Eric Boateng — combined to shoot 0-for-11.

– Calvin Haynes scored a season-high 25 points and Oregon State (6-5) beat Fresno State 73-65. Lathen Wallace added 13 points and Seth Tarver and Omari Johnson each contributed 12.

THE NATIONAL SCENE

Michael Craion had 18 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists to lift Oral Roberts to a 75-66 win over No. 12 New Mexico (12-1). The Lobos, trying to win their first 13 games for only the second time in school history, shot just 37 percent . . . WellingtonSmith scored 19 points and No. 6 West Virginia (9-0) stayed perfect with a 76-66 win over No. 15 Mississippi (10-2) . . . Freshman John Walll scored 19 points and No. 3 Kentucky (13-0) beat Long Beach State 86-73 to continue its best start in more than 30 years  . . .  No. 14 Georgetown (9-1) got 34 points, six rebounds, six steals and four assists in an 86-70 win over Harvard. Palo Alto’s Jeremy Lin, who averaged 27.3 ppg in three previous games against Big East schools, scored 15 for the Crimson . . . Scottie Reynolds scored 22 points and No. 8 Villanova (11-1) beat Delaware 97-63.

LOCAL HEROES

Dior Lowhorn (Berkeley HS) scored a season-high 27 points and Kwame Vaughn (Oakland-Skyline HS) added 22, leading USF to an 82-73 win over Cal State Bakersfield . . . Damian Lillard (Oakland HS) scored 22 points but Weber State fell 85-73 at Utah State . . . Robert Owens (Oakland-Skyline HS) scored 12 points and San Jose State snapped a four-year losing streak to rival Santa Clara, winning 74-68.

Jeff Faraudo