SEATTLE (AP) — Taran Armstrong had 18 points with six assists, Joe Quintana added 17 points as California Baptist defeated Washington 73-64. The Lancers made seven of their last eight shots and 5 of 8 free throws from there to keep the Huskies at bay. California Baptist never trailed after Armstrong’s jump, and Quintana’s 3-pointer made it 22-19 with 6:44 left in the first half. The Lancers led by as many as 12 in the second half and let Washington get within four once. It was 62-57 after a dunk by Washington’s Franck Kepnang with 3:34 left, but Armstrong responded quickly with a three-point play followed by a 3-pointer and fell back to 11 at 2:39. Kepnang led the Huskies with 14 points.
NEW YORK (AP) — Desmond Cambridge Jr. scored 20 points as Arizona State never trailed as they shutout #20 Michigan 87-62 to win the Legends Classic at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. DJ Horne added 19 points, Austin Nunez had 15 and Luther Muhammad had 13 for the Sun Devils, who advanced to the championship game by overcoming an 11-point deficit in the final nine minutes of Wednesday night’s 63-59 victory on the VCU. Hunter Dickinson had 14 points and Jett Howard had 12 for Michigan, who beat Pittsburgh 91-60 on Wednesday but shot just 34% against ASU. It was the most lopsided championship game in the 16-year history of the Legends Classic and Arizona State’s largest margin of victory against a ranked opponent.
TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — Kerr Kriisa scored a season-high 24 points and the #14 Arizona dunk a third straight opponent to open the season, setting a school record for free throws in a 104-77 win over Utah Tech. After a triple-double in his previous game, Kriisa was 6-of-7 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 on the foul line, adding four rebounds and five assists. Against Southern last week, the junior point guard had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists for his second career triple-double, becoming only the third player in school history to do so multiple times. Arizona went 22-of-22 from the free throw line. The previous school grade was 18 of 18 against Stanford in 2005. Utah Tech got 13 points off Noa Gonsalves.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Qua Grant scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and Sam Houston State earned its second win over a Power 5 opponent, leading Utah virtually flush with a 65-55 victory. The Bearkats beat Oklahoma 52-51 in their opener, their first win on a Power 5 schedule since 2009. Gabe Madsen’s three-pointer gave Utah a 3-2 lead, but Done Powers hit two back-to-back jumps and Tristan Ikpe hit a triple. -pointer and Sam Houston were never trailing again. Jaden Ray and Cameron Huefner hit 3s and Grant had a layup and was 21-8 midway through the first half. The Bearkats, who entered the game shooting 50% from the foul line, went 12-of-14 in the second half, including 5-of-6 in the final 67 seconds. Rollie Worster led Utah with 14 points.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The defense has run short the last three times Southern California and UCLA have met at the Crosstown Showdown. That should be the case again on Saturday at a much-anticipated LA school meetup. The Trojans in seventh place and the Bruins no. 16 have two of the top three offenses in the Pac-12. They have combined for 81.9 points and 1,003.5 yards per game this season. USC and UCLA have combined for at least 81 points in their last three matchups.
UNDATED (AP) – The Rose Bowl is seeking reassurance amid discussions about expanding the College Football Playoff from four teams to 12. The bowl in suburban Los Angeles dates back to 1902. It wants to keep its game on New Year’s Eve every year. There are no guarantees. AP College Football writer Ralph Russo has a solution. He says the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans should be permanent semifinals that also play on New Year’s. He says it would keep a certain tradition amidst all the changes.
CONWAY, SC (AP) — Noah Fernandes scored 22 points, freshman RJ Luis added 18 points, and UMass beat Colorado 66-63 in the opening round of the Myrtle Beach Invitational. Colorado’s full-court pressure forced a turnover with 1:07 remaining, the 18th of the game for UMass, and Tristan da Silva popped from the baseline to the other end to make it 65-63. Da Silva missed a 3-pointer on Colorado’s next possession and Fernandes grabbed the rebound with 9.6 remaining before going 1-of-2 for a three-point lead. After a timeout with 6.5 seconds left, KJ Simpson was out with a triple but Colorado got the long board and passed it to Simpson, who missed another one as time expired.
UNDATED (AP) – Oregon State volleyball coach Mark Barnard will retire at the end of the season. He ends a tenure marked by frequent role changes and allegations of emotional abuse by players. There’s also a long-running Oregon State lawsuit against the Associated Press to withhold records about the athletic department’s response to complaints about Barnard. Barnard is 70-131 in nearly seven years as a head coach. He led the Beavers to the NCAA Tournament in 2017. As of July 2020, the AP published stories documenting more than a dozen players who had dropped out or transferred from Barnard’s program since he took over in 2016. The state of the Oregon disputed the AP’s reporting.
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