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.  


— 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.


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.


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