PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Wesley Matthews had 25 points, including five of Portland's 21 3-pointers, and the Trail Blazers routed the Charlotte Bobcats 134-104 last night. The Blazers hit their first seven 3-pointers and finished by making 63.6 percent of their 33 attempts.
Damian Lillard finished with 24 points, including all six of his 3-point tries. With the win, Portland upped its record to 26-7 and moved back into the top spot in the Western Conference.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Kaleb Tarczewski scored 11 points and No. 1 Arizona opened its Pac-12 season with a 60-25 rout of Washington State last night, shattering the McKale Center record for fewest points by a team. The Wildcats took a 21-2 lead and were up 28-7 at halftime. Washington State was without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who underwent an emergency appendectomy on Saturday.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Josh Scott, Askia Booker and Jaron Hopkins all scored 13 points, and No. 20 Colorado hung on to beat Oregon State 64-58 last night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. Scott had 10 rebounds for Colorado, which matched its best start since the 1979-80 season when the Buffaloes also opened 12-2. Roberto Nelson, who is leading the league in scoring, had 23 points for Oregon State, including hitting all 10 of his free throws.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Przemek Karnowski had 15 points and nine rebounds and No. 24 Gonzaga last night beat archrival Saint Mary's 73-51. Kevin Pangos added 15 points and eight rebounds for the injury-plagued Bulldogs. Angel Nunez added 13 points and Kyle Dranginis had 12 for Gonzaga, which out-rebounded the Gaels 39-22.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -Damyean Dotson stole a pass from Dallin Bachynski and raced untouched for a breakaway dunk with 1 second left in overtime and No. 10 Oregon remained unbeaten with a 70-68 victory over Utah last night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. Richard Amardi had 14 points and Dominic Artis added 12 for the Ducks, who are off to their best start since winning 13 straight games to open the 2006-07 season. Jordan Loveridge scored 21 points for Utah.
January 3, 2014