Beavers break skid at 25
FRESNO, Calif. — Oregon State snapped a 25-game losing streak and won its first game under first-year coach Craig Robinson in downing Fresno State 62-54 Sunday.
Oregon State (1-4) controlled the glass with a 34-26 advantage and held Fresno State (2-3) to 24.1 percent shooting in the second half.
Four Beavers scored in double figures, led by guard Rickey Claitt's 14 points as the Beavers ran their patient and precise Princeton-style offense that flustered Fresno State. Oregon State also made 8 of 14 3-pointers, including 7 of its first 11.
The Beavers, who trailed 40-39 in the second half, went on a 13-2 run for roughly five minutes to distance themselves.
It was Oregon State's first win since beating Northern Colorado 65-56 on Dec. 19, 2007. Oregon State lost its first four games this season by an average of 3.5 points.
The university made a coaching change this offseason, hiring Robinson, the brother-in-law of president-elect Barack Obama. Robinson, a Princeton graduate and considered one of the top players in Ivy League history, coached at Brown last season.
Oregon State limited Fresno State to 37 percent from the field the entire game, including a mere 7-of-29 in the second half.
The teams were tied 31-31 at halftime.
No. 14 Arizona St. 88, UTEP 58
At Anaheim, Calif., James Harden scored a tournament-record and career-high 40 points to lead Arizona State in the third-place game of the 76 Classic.
Harden made 14 of 25 shots, six of seven from 3-point range, and added eight rebounds and four assists for the Sun Devils (5-1).
Harden surpassed the tournament's single-game scoring record for the second consecutive game; he amassed 32 points against Baylor on Friday. The sophomore also set a record for most tournament points, 87.
Randy Culpepper scored 24 points for the Miners (3-3), who shot a season-low 30.2 percent. Stefon Jackson added 13 points.
Culpepper scored 14 points in the first 5:16 to lead Texas El Paso to an 18-11 lead. But Arizona State responded with a 13-0 spree to move ahead 24-18 with 11:01 left in the first half.
The Miners made only one basket and three free throws in a span of 7:30.
Arizona 74, N. Arizona 57.
At Tucson, Ariz., Jordan Hill utilized his strength and power inside for 23 points, while Chase Budinger got hot from the perimeter for 22 points in a 74-57 victory over Northern Arizona on Sunday.
The victory was the 25th straight for Arizona in the series. The last Lumberjack win came during the 1968-69 season.
Hill's dunk and pair of free throws pushed the Wildcats (4-1) ahead 63-53 with 5:27 remaining after NAU closed to within six on back-to-back three-pointers from Josh Wilson and Matt Johnson.
Hill scored 15 of his points in the second half, while finishing with 10 rebounds.
Budinger hit back-to-back threes to wrap up a 20-6 run in the opening seven minutes of the second half to give the Wildcats a 51-39 lead.
Arizona made 8 of its first 10 field goals in the second half after NAU took a 33-31 lead on a Shane Johannsen dunk.
Nic Wise added 18 points for Arizona. Wilson led NAU (1-5) with 14 points, while Johannsen added 13.
Wilson tied the game at 31-31 at halftime on a three-pointer with 37 seconds remaining until the break.
The Lumberjacks made just 4 of 19 three-pointers in the game.