Oregon State Defeats UC Santa Barbara 76-64

Gary Payton II had 14 points, nine rebounds and five steals to lead Oregon State past UC Santa Barbara 76-64 Tuesday night. The Beavers (9-3) had six players score in double figures, including Jarmal Reid with 16 points and Olaf Schaftenaar with 14. Alan Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Michael Bryson added 16 for the Gauchos (5-7). The Beavers were outrebounded by UC Santa Barbara 30-26, but forced the visitors into 18 turnovers. UC Santa Barbara led by 16 early after a Gabe Vincent 3-pointer made the score 26-10 at the 8:55 mark. Oregon State responded with a 14-0 run, capped by a Payton steal and Langston Morris-Walker lay-in-and-one with 4:31 left in the first half. The game turned into a back-and-forth affair afterward, and the Beavers led 37-36 at the break and Oregon State began to pull away in the second half. CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – December 31, 2014

No. 7 Gonzaga Beats San Diego

basketball genericKyle Wiltjer scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half and No. 7 Gonzaga built a big enough lead to withstand a 7-minute scoring drought in the second half and beat San Diego 60-48 on Monday night. Gonzaga (13-1, 2-0 West Coast Conference) won for the sixth time since its only loss, a 66-63 overtime defeat at Arizona on Dec. 6. A year ago, the Toreros pulled off a 69-66 home upset of the Zags.

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Oregon Outlasts UC Irvine 69-67 In Overtime

Dwayne Benjamin scored 18 points and Joseph Young hit an insurance 3-pointer late in overtime to lead Oregon to a 69-67 victory over UC Irvine on Monday night. Dillon Brooks added 15 points and Elgin Cook had 14 for the Ducks (10-3), who closed out their nonconference schedule with their second straight overtime win. Alex Young led the Anteaters (6-6) with 12 points, and Travis Souza and Jaron Martin added 11 each. After Brooks made 1 of 2 free throws with 5.4 seconds left for the final point, Young had a shot at the win, but his pull-up 3 was long at the buzzer. Benjamin helped force overtime when his corner 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 57. It was Oregon's fifth 3 of the game and its fourth of the second half. Young made the Ducks' final 3 with 23.4 seconds left in overtime to put them up 68-64 before Souza's 3 cut the margin to one with 6.0 seconds to play. EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – December 30, 2014

BYU Evens WCC Mark, Beats Portland 97-88

Tyler Haws, Kyle Collinsworth and Anson Winder combined to score 67 points as BYU knocked off Portland 97-88 in a West Coast Conference game Monday night. The Cougars (11-4) rebounded from a loss to Gonzaga in the WCC opener Saturday, evening their conference record at 1-1. Haws finished with 24 points on 8 of 20 shooting from the field and 7 of 8 from the line. Winder had 22 points, connecting on 10 of 14 from the field, and Collinsworth scored 21, shooting 9 of 13 from the free throw line, and grabbed eight boards. BYU shot 50.8 percent from the field on 33-of-65 shooting and was 24 of 31 from the line. Portland (10-4, 1-1) opened WCC play with a 61-58 win at San Diego on Alec Wintering's 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left. Wintering scored 30 points to lead the Pilots, leading five players in double figure scoring. PROVO, Utah (AP) – December 30, 2014

Plum Leads Washington Women Past No. 5 Texas A&M

Kelsey Plum scored 20 of her 32 points in the first half, Talia Walton added a season-high 21 and Washington picked up its biggest non-conference regular-season win in nearly two decades with a 70-49 victory over No. 5 Texas A&M on Monday night. Washington (11-1) won its 11th straight, the longest winning streak for the Huskies since the 1989-90 season. Washington's last win over a ranked non-conference opponent came in 1997 when the Huskies beat then-No. 5 Vanderbilt. Plum nearly outscored the Aggies (11-2) by herself in the first half. The nation's leading scorer hit a trio of 3-pointers as the Huskies built a 40-22 halftime advantage. Aminah Williams added nine points and 15 rebounds. Williams scored seven straight in the second half after Texas A&M cut Washington's lead to nine. Courtney Williams led the Aggies with 19 points. Tori Scott and Courtney Walker added 10 apiece. SEATTLE (AP) – December 30, 2014