AROUND THE PAC-10
– Washington 123, Seattle 76: The Huskies (13-7) jumped out to leads of 12-0, 29-2 and 49-10 in the first half and breezed to a non-conference victory, snapping a two-game losing streak and making sure the Redhawks didn’t embarrass another Pac-10 team. UW, which led 61-20 at halftime, got 27 points and 11 rebounds from Quincy Pondexter while freshman Abdul Gaddy celebrated his 18th birthday by totaling 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Seattle routed Oregon State 99-48 on Jan. 6.
THE NATIONAL SCENE
Devan Downey scored 30 points and South Carolina handed No. 1 Kentucky (19-1) its first defeat just one day after ascending to the top of the polls and hours after getting telephone congratulations from President Obama. Downey is averaging 31.3 ppg over the past six games. DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Kentucky and John Wall scored 19 . . . Kalin Lucas made the go-ahead basket with 3.5 seconds left and No. 5 Michigan State (18-3) remained unbeaten in the Big Ten with a 57-56 win at Michigan. Raymar Morgan scored 20 for the Spartans . . . No.9 West Virginia (16-3) beat DePaul 62-46 . . . Jacob Pullen scored 25 points and No. 11 Kansas State (16-3) escaped with a 76-74 road win over Baylor . . . Slumping North Carolina (13-7) got back on track with a 77-63 win at N.C. State while NCAA hopeful Northwestern (14-6) came up short 65-61 at Minnesota.