Aaron Afflalo scored 22 points to lead No. 12 UCLA to an 86-56 rout of Sacramento State on Friday night in the Bruins' final tuneup before...
LOS ANGELES — Aaron Afflalo scored 22 points to lead No. 12 UCLA to an 86-56 rout of Sacramento State on Friday night in the Bruins’ final tuneup before next week’s Pac-10 opener.
Jordan Farmar had 15 points for the Bruins (10-1), who had four players in double figures while extending their winning streak to seven games. Their only loss was to Memphis in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 23. It’s the school’s best start since 1994-95, when the Bruins finished 32-1 and won the NCAA championship under Jim Harrick.
Coming off a 74-72 victory over unheralded Wagner College, the Bruins opened with an 18-2 run and were never seriously threatened in their first meeting with Sacramento State (8-5).
Jason Harris scored 16 points for the Hornets, who are 1-26 against Pac-10 teams.
At USC 68,
North Carolina A&T 38
LOS ANGELES — Lodrick Stewart scored 19 points and Gabe Pruitt scored 13 for the Trojans.
Stewart, the former Rainier Beach High star, had 13 first-half points and had three three-pointers. Nick Young also had 11 points for USC.
The Trojans (9-2) have a nine-game winning streak, their longest since the 2001-2002 season when they also won nine straight.
USC claimed its first 20-point lead on a Young layup with 15:30 remaining. About two minutes later, the Trojans led by 25 points when Pruitt made one of his three three-pointers.
At the outset, both teams started slowly, putting up shots that clanked off the rim and air balls. Only eight points were scored by both squads through nearly seven minutes of action.
The Trojans, however, rattled off runs of 14-2 and 7-0 and entered halftime leading 29-17.
The leading scorer for the Aggies (0-8) was Derek Crumpton, who had seven points in 15 minutes. Starting center Jason Wills and starting guard Demetrius Guions each scored six.
USC has not won 10 in a row since the 1970-1971 season.
Oregon St. 73, W. Mich. 68
Chris Stephens scored 23 points to lead Oregon State to a victory over Western Michigan in the fifth-place game of the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu.
Nick DeWitz added 14 points for Oregon State (6-4) while Sasa Cuic had 11.
Andrew Hershberger had 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to lead Western Michigan (3-6). Joe Reitz scored 16 points and Stanes Bufford 12 for the Broncos.
With the score tied at 45 with 16:33 remaining, Oregon State went on a 16-4 run lasting about seven minutes, sparked by six points each from DeWitz and Cuic.
Western Michigan pulled to 71-68 on Andre Ricks’ baseline jumper with 8.8 seconds remaining.
But Stephens then made two free throws to seal the victory.