Utah hands OSU first home loss
CORVALLIS — Dakarai Tucker scored 11 points as No. 9 Utah handed Oregon State their first home loss in 15 games, 47-37 on Thursday night.
Delon Wright added nine points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Utes (21-4, 11-2 Pac-12).
Malcom Duvivier scored 12 points for the Beavers (16-10, 7-7).
Both teams scrambled and scrapped on defense, making for a low-scoring affair.
Utah shot 42.5 percent for the game, while Oregon State shot 33.3 percent.
Seven minutes in, Utah was up 5-4. The Utes had five shots and four turnovers at that point, while the Beavers were shooting only 2-9.
Utah led 16-14 at the half.
The Utes were able to pull ahead in the second half as Oregon State suffered through a 2-15 shooting slump.
A 3-pointer by Brandon Taylor with 2:41 left put the Utes up 41-30 and helped seal the win.
Wright came into the game leading Utah with 14.3 points and 5.4 assists per game.
Gary Payton II, the son of former NBA and Beaver great Gary Payton, entered the contest leading Oregon State with 13.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and three steals per game.
Matched up with Wright for much of the game, Payton scored six points.
NO. 3 GONZAGA 86, PACIFIC 74: At Stockton, Calif., Kyle Wiltjer scored 45 points for Gonzaga's highest-scoring game in 54 years and the third-ranked Bulldogs tied a school record with their 20th straight win.
Gary Bell Jr. added 12 points as the Bulldogs (27-1, 15-0 West Coast Conference) used another strong shooting night to roll to a victory. Gonzaga, which leads the nation in shooting at 52.7 percent, made 60 percent of its shots, keyed by a 15-for-22 night by Wiltjer.
T.J Wallace scored 19 points, David Taylor added 18 and Ray Bowles had 13 for the Tigers (10-17, 2-13), who have lost eight straight games.
Wiltjer scored 18 of Gonzaga's 22 points during a 12-minute stretch in the second half. He hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to give him 45 points, the most by a Bulldogs player since Frank Burgess scored a school-record 52 on Jan. 26, 1961.
NO. 7 ARIZONA 87, SOUTHERN CAL 57: At Tucson, Ariz., Kaleb Tarczewski scored 15 points, Stanley Johnson added 13 in another strong all-around game and Arizona jumped on USC early.
Arizona (23-3, 11-2 Pac-12) did what it was supposed to at home against the conference's last-place team, overwhelming the Trojans with a slew of dunks and easy baskets at the rim. The Wildcats led by 18 at halftime and didn't let up to win their 35th straight home game.
Johnson had seven rebounds and six assists, and Tarczewski finished with 10 rebounds.
USC (10-16, 2-12) held its own through the opening 10 minutes. Once the Wildcats hit the throttle, the Trojans stood no chance.
NO. 16 MARYLAND 69, NEBRASKA 65: At College Park, Md., Melo Trimble scored 26 points, including a pair of pivotal 3-pointers down the stretch, and Maryland squeezed past Nebraska in the first-ever meeting between the teams.
Dez Wells and Jake Layman each scored 14 for the Terrapins (22-5, 10-4 Big Ten), who were locked in a tie game with 5:38 left before Trimble took over.
After Wells made two free throws, Trimble beat the shot clock with a jump shot from atop the key. The freshman guard connected again from beyond the arc with 2:18 remaining for a 62-54 lead.
NO. 21 SMU 67, TEMPLE 58: At Dallas, Nic Moore scored 18 points, and SMU rallied from 10 points down in the second half to snap Temple's seven-game winning streak.
Ryan Manuel hit a tying 3-pointer and added another to cap a 7-0 run that broke a 52-52 tie and sent the American Athletic Conference-leading Mustangs (22-5, 13-2 AAC) to their 20th win in 22 games. The Mustangs outscored the Owls 15-6 in the final four minutes.