Oregon falls to San Jose State in final seconds
EUGENE — Justin Graham's three-point play with 2.8 seconds remaining gave San Jose State the lead, and the Spartans survived a last-ditch 3-point attempt by Oregon to win 75-72 Saturday.
On the Spartans' final possession, Graham took an inbounds pass with 27.9 seconds left and the score tied at 72. He dribbled around the perimeter before driving from the top of the key, making the layup and drawing a foul from Oregon's Joevan Catron.
A 3-point shot at the buzzer by Jay-R Strowbridge fell short for the Ducks (3-1).
Adrian Oliver, who averaged 29.5 points in the first two games for the Spartans (3-0), scored 19. Oliver, the No. 2 returning scorer in the NCAA this season and the media's preseason pick as the Western Athletic Conference player of the year, was held to two points in the first half on 1-of-7 shooting, but he made 5 of 10 shots in the second half.
Keith Shamburger also scored 19 for the Spartans, Graham finished with 12 points and Wil Carter added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Catron scored 25 to lead the Ducks, which included eight straight late in the game to put Oregon ahead 72-70 with 2:40 to play.
But Strowbridge tied the game with a jumper at the 2:21 mark, and neither team could score again until Graham's layup.
Garrett Sim added 11 points for Oregon, and Teondre Williams and E.J. Singler had 10 points each.
Oregon led 39-34 at halftime — its first halftime lead of the season — but the Spartans went on a 16-5 run to take a 54-48 lead with 12:40 to play. Oliver scored eight points during that run.
California 89, New Mexico 64.
At Berkeley, Calif., Harper Kamp scored a career-high 25 points and California handed New Mexico its first loss of the young season.
Jorge Gutierrez also scored a career best with 20 points to go with six rebounds, and freshman Gary Franklin hit four 3-pointers on the way to 16 points for the rebuilding Golden Bears (2-0), who are playing with impressive effort and energy despite their youth. Franklin hit back-to-back 3s during a decisive 17-1 run midway through second half as Cal pulled away.
Dairese Gary scored 16 points and Jamal Fenton 14 for the Lobos (2-1), who won their first outright Mountain West Conference championship in 16 years last season and have been to the postseason in each of coach Steve Alford's first three years.
After Gary's 3-pointer with 15:34 left pulled New Mexico within 46-44, Cal answered with the big run and didn't let the Lobos back in it.
Arizona State 69, UAB 66
At Tempe, Ariz., Ty Abbott hit a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left to lift Arizona State to a win.
Jamarr Sanders had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer for the Blazers (2-1), but his leaning, running 3-pointer fell off to the left as time expired.
Trent Lockett had 19 points, Abbott finished with 15 and Kyle Cain added 14 for the Sun Devils (1-1).
Bradley 64, Southern Cal 63
At Springfield, Mass., Sam Maniscalco sank three free throws with 0.3 seconds left and Bradley rallied to defeat Southern Cal in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.
The Braves pulled off a second-half comeback for the third straight game, overcoming a 54-46 deficit with 5:22 left.
Bradley is 4-0 for the first time since 2006-07, when the Braves were 5-0 en route to a 22-13 record.
Maniscalco, who finished with 17 points, also hit a 3-pointer with 58.6 seconds remaining to give Bradley a 61-59 lead.