Robert Franks scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Washington State beat visiting Cal 82-59 on Thursday in a clash of the Pac-12’s winless teams.
Franks scored five quick points to open the second half, with a jump shot and a 3-pointer wrapped around a lost ball turnover that put WSU ahead by double digits barely a minute after halftime. The Cougars’ lead was stretched to as many as 29 points from there.
Viont’e Daniels scored 11 points for Washington State (8-9, 1-3). Marvin Cannon and CJ Elleby also scored 11.
Justice Sueing scored 15 points for Cal (5-12, 0-5). Matt Bradley added 14 points for the Bears.
The Cougars finished the first half strong, going on a 14-4 run in the last 5:30. Ahmed Ali sparked the Cougars with a 3 and Franks finished a 3-point play on the next possession. WSU capped the run with layups from Franks and Jeff Pollard to build a 42-33 halftime lead.
In the second half, Cannon followed a Franks missed 3 with a one-handed dunk, bringing the home crowd to their feet.
Elleby beat the shot clock for a 3 before the buzzer sounded as WSU closed the game with a 10-0 run to give the Cougars a comfortable 26-point lead.
The Cougars still face an uphill battle in the Pac-12. Next up, WSU stays home to play a Stanford team led by KZ Okpala, who averages 18 points per game.
The Bears’ season continues to sink. Cal is now on a five game Pac-12 losing streak and is in danger of finishing the season last in the conference.
#5 Gonzaga 73, Loyola Marymount 55: Zach Norvell Jr. scored 17 points and host Gonzaga used a stout defense to earn its eighth consecutive win since a pair of losses knocked them out of the top spot in the AP Top 25. Brandon Clarke scored 13 points, Corey Kispert 12 and Rui Hachimura 10 for Gonzaga (17-2, 4-0 West Coast), which beat the Lions (13-5, 1-3) for the 20th straight time.
#6 Michigan State 70, Nebraska 64: Cassius Winston scored a career-high 29 points and Nick Ward added 15 for the visiting Spartans (16-2, 7-0 Big Ten), who pulled away late. Michigan State relied on tough defense to extend its school-record Big Ten winning streak to 19 games. The Cornhuskers (13-5, 3-4) had their school-record 20-game home win streak end.
Oregon 59, Arizona 54: Paul White scored 16 points and Victor Bailey Jr. added 13 to lift visiting Oregon (11-6, 2-2 Pac-12). The Ducks hounded Arizona (13-5, 4-1) into one miss after another while building a 13-point lead midway through in the second half.
#4 Louisville 91, Virginia 43: Asia Durr scored 20 points in 23 minutes for the host Cardinals (16-1, 4-1 ACC), who shot a season-best 57 percent from the field and broke the game open with a 24-3 run to start the second quarter.
#7 Mississippi St. 89, #15 S. Carolina 74: Teaira McCowan had one of the best nights of her career, finishing with 26 points and 24 rebounds to lead the host Bulldogs (17-1, 5-0 SEC), who beat the Gamecocks for just the second time in 14 tries dating back to 2011. South Carolina (12-5, 4-1) was led by Te’a Cooper’s 27 points.
#17 Michigan St. 77, #9 Maryland 60: Jenna Allen scored 16 points and Nia Clouden added 15 to lift the host Spartans (13-4, 3-3 Big Ten), who led almost throughout. Brianna Fraser scored 22 points for the Terrapins (15-2, 4-2).
Pacific 74, Santa Clara 70: The visiting Tigers (11-5, 4-2 WCC) held off the Broncos (9-8, 2-4), who cut a 14-point first-quarter lead to one point in the fourth period. Tia Hay and Ashlyn Herlihy each scored 20 for Santa Clara.
BYU 70, #13 Gonzaga 68: Shaylee Gonzales scored 17 points and Paisley Johnson made two free throws with 1:02 left for the winning points as BYU (15-4, 7-0 WCC) ended a 12-game win streak by the Bulldogs (16-2, 5-1).
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