Washington State turns more heads in Hawaii . . .
– Washington State 77, Baylor 71: The Cougars (10-1) won their fifth straight, holding off the No. 15 Bears (8-2) in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. Klay Thompson scored 20 points, leading five players in double figures. WSU shot 57 percent and overcame Baylor grabbing 18 offensive rebounds. LaceDarius Dunn scored 29 for Baylor, but had just four points in the first half when WSU opened a 20-point lead and was 3 for 15 from the 3-point arc. “I think this game shows everybody in the country how good we can be,” Thompson said. “So if we carry this momentum into the Pac-10, we’re going to be good.”
– USC 76, Lehigh 49: The Trojans (8-5) rode 21 points from Jio Fontan to beat the Mountain Hawks. Fontan, the transfer PG from Fordham, was 4 for 4 from the 3-point line and had four assists and four steals. Nikola Vucevic had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks and Alex Stepheson contributed 11 points and 14 rebounds.
– Arizona State 56, North Carolina A&T 50: The Sun Devils (7-4) had to rally from six points down at halftime to beat the Aggies of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Rihards Kuksiks scored 15 points for ASU and freshman Kyle Cain had the unlikely combination of zero points and 14 rebounds. ASU shot just 35 percent, including 8 for 27 from 3-point range. Still, hardly an impressive result for the Devils against an opponent that lost by 50 to Florida and by 42 to Ohio State.
– UCLA 74, UC Irvine 73: The Bruins (8-4), playing without sophomore forward Tyler Honeycutt, held off the Anteaters, thanks to 20 points apiece from guards Malcolm Lee and Lazeric Jones, who had a career-high. Freshman center Joshua Smith had 14 points and nine rebounds. Honeycutt sat out with a sprained right shoulder, but x-rays indicated nothing more serious and the club’s leading scorer and rebounder is expected to be ready for the start of Pac-10 play.