Santa Clara knocks off another Pac-12 team

Santa Clara won its fifth game in a row, taking a 79-71 decision over Washington State on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.

CJ Elleby and Marvin Cannon each scored 16 points to lead the way in the Broncos’ second win over a Pac-12 foe this season. They beat USC on Dec. 18.

Santa Clara (8-6) got 14 points from Guglielmo Caruso, 12 from Keshawn Justice and 10 from Trey Wertz, who added seven assists.

The Broncos were without guard KJ Feagin, who had season-ending foot surgery Friday.

Washington State (7-6) came in 7-0 at home.

UC Santa Barbara 73, USF 71: Amadou Sow had 21 points and nine rebounds for the host Gauchos (10-3) as the Dons lost for the second time in 14 games. Matt McCarthy had 13 points and 10 rebounds for USF.

#3 Tennessee 96, Tennessee Tech 53: Grant Williams scored 25 points and was 10-for-11 from the floor to lead a strong shooting effort by the host Volunteers (11-1). Tennessee shot 63.8 percent (37 of 58), aided by 12 dunks. Junior Clay scored 16 points to lead Tennessee Tech (4-9).

#5 Kansas 87, Eastern Michigan 63: Udoka Azubuike scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his return from an ankle injury as the Jayhawks (11-1) cruised at home. John Thompson IV led the way for the Eagles (6-7), finishing with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

#6 Nevada 86, Utah 71: Caleb Martin scored 33 points and Jordan Caroline added 17 for the visiting Wolf Pack (13-0). Jazz Johnson went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc as Nevada made 12 threes and shot 46 percent from long range. Sedrick Barefield had 33 points for the Utes (6-6).

#8 Michigan State 88, Northern Illinois 60: Cassius Winston hit six three-pointers and scored 24 points for the host Spartans(11-2), who head into the Big Ten season with a six-game winning streak. The Huskies (7-6) got 20 points from Eugene German.

#12 Auburn 95, North Florida 49: Bryce Brown scored 18 points and the host Tigers (11-2) forced 33 turnovers and racked up 20 steals. Auburn converted those turnovers into 41 points, nearly matching the total output for the Ospreys (5-9).

#13 Ohio State 82, High Point 64: C.J. Jackson scored 20 points and Kaleb Wesson added 17 as the Buckeyes (12-1) beat the visiting Panthers (6-7). Luther Muhammed had 15 points to help Ohio State get its sixth consecutive win. Ricky Madison scored 12 points to lead High Point.

#14 North Carolina 82, Davidson 60: Cameron Johnson scored 17 points and Luke Maye had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the host Tar Heels (9-3). North Carolina closed the first half with a 20-4 run keyed by eight points from Johnson. Jon Axel Gudmundsson had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Luke Frampton scored 15 points to lead the Wildcats (9-4).

Western Kentucky 83, #15 Wisconsin 76: Freshman Dalano Banton had eight points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as the host Hilltoppers (7-6) defeated the Badgers (10-3).

#16 Kentucky 71, Louisville 58: Tyler Herro had 24 points and Keldon Johnson added 15 as the Wildcats (10-2) won at Louisville in the fierce Bluegrass rivalry. A close game for 10 minutes quickly swung toward Kentucky behind an 11-0 run for a 31-17 lead. The spurt typified their success on both ends. The Wildcats kept the Cardinals (9-4) from passing and driving inside and grabbed offensive rebounds leading to second and third chances.

Princeton 67, #17 Arizona State 66: Richmond Aririguzoh sank two free throws with 24.8 seconds remaining and the visiting Tigers (7-5) held on to win a week after the Sun Devils (9-3) had beaten then-No. 1 Kansas on the same floor. Princeton (7-5) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since a victory over then-No. 25 Harvard in 2012. Arizona State had three shots in the final seconds to win the game.

#19 Mississippi State 103, BYU 81: Aric Holman scored 28 points and Quinndary Weatherspoon had 27 to lead the Bulldogs (12-1) to a win at home. The Cougars (8-7) dropped their third straight game and are 0-3 against ranked opponents this season.

Other top 25: CJ Massinburg scored 22 points and Nick Perkins added 18 to help No. 21 Buffalo (12-1) win 86-72 at Canisius (3-8). … Corey Davis scored

19 points to lead No. 22 Houston (13-0) to an 80-59 win over visiting New Jersey Institute of Technology (11-3). … No. 24 Iowa (11-2) got 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists from Tyler Cook in a 72-67 decision over visiting Bryant (3-8).

Other Pac-12: Liberty (11-4) got its first win over a Pac-12 team, a 73-58 victory at UCLA (7-6). … Oregon knocked off visiting Boise State (5-8), winning 62-50 to end nonconference play at 9-4. … Oregon State (8-4) pulled away early and beat visiting Central Connecticut 80-59.


Dons top Toreros

Shannon Powell scored 21 points to lead four USF players in double figures as the Dons defeated visiting San Diego 68-57 in a WCC opener.

Kia Vaalavirta and Abby Rathbun added 12 points apiece and Marta Galic scored 10 for USF (5-7), which held San Diego (7-5) to 31 percent shooting.

Madison Pollock scored 21 points to lead the Toreros.

BYU 54, Santa Clara 44: Shaylee Gonzales led all scorers with 13 points as the Cougars (9-3) defeated the Broncos (7-5) in the WCC opener for both teams. Tia Hay scored 11 points to lead Santa Clara.

#11 Oregon State 92, Cal State Bakersfield 52: Mikayla Pivec had 22 points and 10 rebounds and the host Beavers (10-2) knocked down 16 three-pointers against the Roadrunners (4-8).

#20 Gonzaga 78, Loyola Marymount 53: Zykera Rice scored 15 points to lead a balanced attack and the visiting Bulldogs (12-1, 1-0 WCC) erased a six-point halftime deficit to beat the Lions (7-6, 0-1).

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