Oregon State Defeats UC Santa Barbara 76-64Gary 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
Kyle 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.