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Basketball: ASU, UCLA win to share third place; Lowhorn, USF take down Gonzaga

By Jeff Faraudo
Saturday, January 30th, 2010 at 10:08 pm in Basketball, Gameday.

With Cal and Arizona tangling today at Tucson for first place . . .

AROUND THE PAC-10

– Arizona State 88, Stanford 70: The Sun Devils (15-7, 5-4) built leads of 41-11 and 54-17, led by junior G Ty Abbott, who scored 22 of his 29 points in the first half. The Sun Devils made 15 of their first 18 shots, and nine of the makes were 3-pointers. Stanford (10-11, 4-5), still winless in eight road games this season, got 22 points from Landry Fields and 20 from Jeremy Green, but the two shot 4-for-17 in the first half.

– Washington 92, Washington State 64: The Cougars (14-7, 4-5) actually led 40-36 at halftime before the Huskies (14-7, 4-5) outscored them 56-24 in the second half. Senior Quincy Pondexter had 29 points and 12 rebounds and sophomore Isaiah Thomas scored 19 for UW. WSU sophomore Klay Thompson, the nation’s sixth-leading scorer, shot 2-for-15 and scored just seven points. 

– Oregon 67, USC 57: The Ducks (12-9, 4-5) completed a weekend sweep of the L.A. schools as Jeremy Jacob scored 19 points and Malcolm Armstead had 18. The Trojans (12-9, 4-5) lost for the second time on the Oregon road trip despite 16 points from senior Dwight Lewis.

– UCLA 62, Oregon State 52: The Bruins (10-11, 5-4) got a weekend split by rallying to beat the Beavers (9-12, 3-6) behind 14 points from freshman Reeves Nelson and 13 from Nikola Dragovic. UCLA shot 65.7 percent, overcoming 20 turnovers. Calvin Haynes scored 16 on 5-for-20 shooting for the Beavers.

– Pac-10 standings: Cal 6-2, Arizona 5-3, Arizona State 5-4, UCLA 5-4, Oregon 4-5, Stanford 4-5, USC 4-5, Washington 4-5, Washington State 4-5, Oregon State 3-6.

THE NATIONAL SCENE

 No. 2 Kansas (20-1) used 18 points and 11 rebounds from Cole Aldrich and 16 points from Sherron Collins to pocket an 81-79 overtime victory at No. 11 Kansas State (17-4), putting the Jayhawks in position to regain the nation’s top ranking  . . . No. 1 Kentucky (20-1), shook off its first loss of the season to claim an 85-72 win over No. 21 Vanderbilt (16-4).  DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats . . . Tweety Carter scored 27 points, leading Baylor (16-4) to an 80-77 overtime road upset of No. 6 Texas (18-3), which lost for the third time in four games. Damion James had 20 points and 19 rebounds for the Longhorns . . . No. 4 Syracuse (21-1) rallied from an 18-point hole in the first half. getting 16 points and 13 rebounds from Wesley Johnson in a 59-57 win at DePaul . . . With President Obama in the crowd, No. 7 Georgetown (16-4) shot 71.7 percent from the field in an 89-77 win over No. 8 Duke (17-4) . . . Durrell Summers had 24 points and 10 rebounds and No. 5 Michigan State (19-3) posted a 79-70 win over Northwester.

LOCAL HEROES

Dior Lowhorn (Berkeley HS) hit back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime and had 22 points and nine rebounds, leading USF to an 81-77 upset of No. 13 Gonzaga, snapping the Bulldogs’ 27-game West Coast Conference win streak . . . Omar Samhan (Danville-San Ramon Valley HS) had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Saint Mary’s gained a share of the WCC lead with an 85-67 rout of Loyola Marymount . . .  Will Cherry (Oakland-McClymonds HS) had 19 points, seven rebounds and five steals, leading Montana to an 84-64 win at Northern Arizona . . . Kyle Roemer (Concord-De La Salle HS) had 31 points and 11 rebounds in Colgate’s 100-91 loss to Navy. It was Roemer’s third 30-point game of the season . . . Wendell McKines (Richmond HS) had 13 points and nine rebounds in New Mexico State’s 91-77 win over Louisiana Tech . . . Cory Higgins (Danville-Monte Vista HS) scored 21 points, but Colorado came up short 64-63 at Iowa State . . . Brian Stafford (Walnut Creek-Las Lomas HS) had 19 points in Denver’s 73-62 loss to Arkansas State . . . Dominic Calegari (Berkeley-St. Mary’s HS) had 16 points and seven rebounds, but UC Davis lost 80-58 to Long Beach State . . .

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