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Swimming: Whitworth junior Rory Buck overtook two competitors over the final 50 yards to win the men’s 100-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at Knoxville, Tenn. Buck (pictured above) finished in 54.30 seconds, missing the Division III record of 54.27 set in 2009.
TUCSON, Ariz. – Derrick Williams punched the ball away from Matthew Bryan-Amaning as time expired while simultaneously delivering a knockout blow to Washington’s hopes of winning a Pac-10 men’s basketball title. On the previous play, Arizona’s sophomore star swatted Darnell Gant’s potential winner out of bounds with less than 1 second remaining, which proved to be the decisive defensive stand in the Huskies’ 87-86 loss Saturday afternoon.
TEMPE, Ariz. – With one of the biggest games of the season looming on Saturday against first-place Arizona, Washington needed about 10 minutes to get going against the Pac-10’s last-place team on Thursday. And despite a short lapse early in the second half, the Huskies got past Arizona State 79-62 on Thursday behind Matthew Bryan-Amaning’s 22 points and 12 rebounds, setting up the showdown in Tucson with the 12th-ranked Wildcats, who lead third-place Washington by 11/2 games.
SEATTLE – Scratch from the list two more strategies for stopping the University of Washington’s unstoppable offense in home games. Neither dimmed lights nor a blinded Isaiah Thomas could slow the Huskies on Saturday evening. Even in darkness, UW continued to shine at home during an 87-76 win over Stanford at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Given the disappointment of the last few weeks, the Oregon State Beavers were going to revel in their victory over No. 20 Washington – just not too much. The Beavers had lost three straight and six of seven going into what appeared to be a daunting start to the second half of conference men’s basketball play. But with a focus on rebounding – and the desire to salvage the rest of the Pac-10 season – Oregon State pulled off a 68-56 upset on Tuesday night. It was the Beavers’ first win over a ranked team since 2006.
SEATTLE – Sunday night’s loss to Washington State was a hard pill for Darnell Gant to swallow. But it was what followed that game that really had the junior on the Washington men’s basketball team seething.
Jeremy Green scored 21 points and Dwight Powell had 20 to lead Stanford to an 82-68 victory over visiting California on Sunday night in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. The Cardinal (8-4) never trailed after Green’s 3-pointer made it 14-12 about 8 minutes into the game, but the Golden Bears (7-6) stayed close most of the way.
LOS ANGELES – DeAngelo Casto and his teammates are tired of the road. Tired of being away from friends and family, tired of hotel rooms, tired of riding buses. They’re ready to get back to Pullman. But not just yet. There is one more game left for Washington State to play, the sixth in a less than two- weeks span and the second Pac-10 game of the season.
LOS ANGELES — Reeves Nelson and Malcolm Lee scored 21 points apiece to lift UCLA to a come-from-behind 80-71 victory over Washington State Wednesday night.
Longtime Creighton coach Dana Altman has signed a seven-year deal worth $1.8 million annually to become Oregon’s head men’s basketball coach. Altman, 51, spent 16 seasons at Creighton, compiling a 327-176 record. He led the Bluejays to 11 straight 20-win seasons before they went 18-16 this past season.
PULLMAN – Klay Thompson was named to the All-Pac-10 Conference’s 10-member first team Monday, the first Washington State University sophomore to earn the honor since the conference expanded to its current configuration. Fellow sophomore DeAngelo Casto was an honorable mention selection and also named to the conference’s five-man All-Defensive team. Guard Reggie Moore was named to the All-Freshman team.
Jerome Randle scored 24 points and took over the game in the second half to help California move a step closer to clinching its first conference title in 50 years with a 95-71 victory over Arizona on Thursday night in Berkeley, Calif. Jamal Boykin added 20 points and 10 rebounds, Theo Robertson scored 18, and Patrick Christopher had 14 for the Golden Bears.
Ty Abbott scored 28 points, two shy of his career-high, and Arizona State shot 67 percent in the second half to beat Arizona 73-69 at Tucson, Ariz., on Sunday and move within a half game of first-place California in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils (19-8, 9-5) have won three in a row and five of six while Arizona (13-13, 7-7) dropped its second straight at home and lost for the fourth time in five games overall.
PULLMAN – Are you ready for the Pac-12? Or the Pac-14? First-year Pac-10 Conference commissioner Larry Scott said Tuesday the conference is going to examine expansion over the next 12 months, looking for schools that would “be a fit academically and culturally with the Pac-10.”
Nic Wise couldn’t find his stroke, Derrick Williams couldn’t stay on the floor, and Quincy Pondexter couldn’t miss. And when it counted most, hyperdefender Venoy Overton was cool as a cucumber.
Jamal Boykin scored a career-high 25 points and had 10 rebounds, and California defeated Arizona State 78-70 at Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday night to remain alone atop the Pac-10. Jerome Randle scored 25 points and Patrick Christopher added 21 for the Golden Bears (14-6, 6-2 Pac-10), who nearly blew a 16-point lead in the final 15 minutes.
To review: In the past week, Oregon State suffered a 51-point defeat at home to a school that hasn’t played Division I basketball in 30 years, then showed up in Eugene a few days later and beat the team which sat atop the Pacific-10 Conference standings. And so we put it to you, the college basketball fan: Why not the Cougs?
Jerome Randle scored 21 points and Theo Robertson added 20, leading California to a 67-59 victory over Southern Cal at Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday night. Dwight Lewis led the Trojans (10-6, 2-2 Pac-10) with 20 points, while Alex Stepheson had 12 and Nikola Vucevic 11.
Jarrett Mann made one free throw with 10.6 seconds left and host Stanford stopped several last-second chances on the defensive end to beat embattled Southern California 54-53 Wednesday night and snap the Trojans’ eight-game winning streak. Dwight Lewis scored 22 points for USC (10-5, 2-1 Pac-10), which took the court three days after learning from first-year coach Kevin O’Neill that the university had imposed sanctions on the program for recruiting violations involving former player O.J. Mayo.
LOS ANGELES – Responding to allegations that former star O.J. Mayo received improper benefits while in school, the University of Southern California basketball team will forgo any postseason play this season, including the Pacific 10 Conference tournament, and forfeit all 21 victories from its 2007-08 season. The self-imposed sanctions, announced Sunday morning, also include a scholarship reduction and the return of money received from the NCAA tournament earned when Mayo was on the team.