Center Joshua Smith is quitting UCLA's basketball team, and the school gave him his immediate release. He is the second player to leave...
LOS ANGELES — Center Joshua Smith is quitting UCLA’s basketball team, and the school gave him his immediate release.
He is the second player to leave the program recently. Junior guard Tyler Lamb said last weekend that he would transfer to another school to pursue more playing time.
Smith, from Kentwood High School, said he’s leaving the Bruins for “personal reasons,” though he said he enjoyed his two-plus seasons with the program.
The junior averaged 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while playing 13.5 minutes a game in UCLA’s six games this season.
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Smith started 24 of 65 games during his first two seasons, which were marked by struggles with weight and conditioning.
WSU men win
PULLMAN — Brock Motum had 26 points and nine rebounds to help Washington State beat Idaho 64-55, making it 10 straight wins for the Cougars over the Vandals.
Dexter Kernich-Drew had a career-high 15 points and five assists. D.J. Shelton added 14 points, including a three-pointer down the stretch to help Washington State (4-3) with the win.
Idaho recovered from a 13-point deficit in the first half. It would cut the lead to 53-51 with 3:30 remaining, but later, Shelton knocked down a three-pointer as the shot clock expired to give the Cougars the spark they needed, scoring nine of the last 11 points for WSU.
Stephen Madison had 13 points for Idaho (1-4).
WSU women lose
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Sophomore guard Tia Presley had career-highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds for Washington State, which dropped a 71-65 game against UC Riverside.
The Cougars (2-4) made 12 steals, but the Highlanders (4-2) shot 48 percent from the floor in the second half. The Cougars cut their deficit to 57-52 before Riverside went on an 11-0 run.
Top 10 men
At No. 2 Duke 73,
No. 4 Ohio State 68
Mason Plumlee had 21 points and a career-high-tying 17 rebounds, and Duke (7-0) rallied late and held on to beat Ohio State. Deshaun Thomas scored 16 points for the Buckeyes (4-1).
At No. 9 Arizona 93,
Northern Arizona 50
Mark Lyons scored 18 points, Nick Johnson had 10 points and seven assists, and Arizona (4-0) rolled over Northern Arizona (2-4).
Other Pac-12 men
At Arizona State 67,
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 54
Carrick Felix scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting as Arizona State used a second-half run in beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-5).
The Sun Devils (5-1) ran off 17 straight points, including four three-point baskets, to take a 54-39 lead with 9:11 remaining after leading by 11 in the first half.
At SMU 62, Utah 55
Jalen Jones scored 20 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and Southern Methodist improved to 7-1 under new coach Larry Brown.
Utah (4-2) appeared to have a tying three-pointer midway through the second half, but during a timeout officials looked at replays and ruled that Jarred DuBois’ foot was on the line, making it two points instead.
Top 5 women
At No. 2 Connecticut 101,
Brianna Banks scored a career-high 20 points and Stefanie Dolson added 18 as the Huskies (6-0) finished undefeated in November for the eighth consecutive year.
No. 4 Duke 71,
at Michigan 54
Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams scored 19 points each to lead Duke (5-0) over Michigan (5-2) in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Jenny Ryan tied a career high with 18 points for the Wolverines.
• Stanford junior guard Anthony Brown will miss the rest of the season with a hip injury.
• In Pac-12 women’s games, Erica Barnes scored 15 points as Arizona (5-2) erased an 18-point deficit to beat host North Texas 71-66, and Chucky Jeffery had 21 points and 10 rebounds as host Colorado (5-0) dealt Wyoming its first defeat 68-59.