Dion Sherrell hit two free throws with 14.2 seconds left and Derek Wabbington iced the game with one final foul shot as Wyoming beat Washington State 49-47 last night. It was the fifth...
LARAMIE, Wyo. — Dion Sherrell hit two free throws with 14.2 seconds left and Derek Wabbington iced the game with one final foul shot as Wyoming beat Washington State 49-47 last night.
It was the fifth consecutive game decided by five or fewer points for the Cowboys (6-3).
Wyoming led 43-29 with 5:03 left, but Washington State (5-4) got two three-pointers from Thomas Kelati and the Cowboys hit just five of 13 free throws in the second half before Sherrell’s.
Jeff Varem scored a layup with 7.6 seconds left to cut the Cougars’ deficit to 48-45. Wabbington went to the line with 6.7 seconds left; he missed the first free throw, but hit the second to put the game away.
Varem had an uncontested dunk with 1.3 seconds left, but there wasn’t time for the Cougars to score again.
Jay Straight led Wyoming with 13 points, all in the first half. Justin Williams had 10 rebounds.
Kelati led Washington State with 16 points. Derrick Low scored nine points.
At Arizona St. 68, Santa Clara 63
Ike Diogu scored 21 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked a career-best seven shots to lead the Sun Devils.
Diogu was 7 of 13 from the field and grabbed 17 defensive rebounds as Arizona State (9-1) took advantage of the Broncos’ 35 percent field-goal shooting (23 of 66).
Santa Clara (7-5) missed shots in the final minute after closing to 66-63 with 25.4 seconds remaining on Ethan Rhode’s three-pointer.
But Arizona State made two of four free throws and Kyle Bailey was called for traveling with 14 seconds left to keep the Broncos from getting any closer.
Bailey led Santa Clara with 22 points, while Travis Niesen added 14.
USC 81, Alabama-Birmingham 78
In Honolulu, Rory O’Neil hit the game-winning three-pointer with five seconds left as the Trojans won in the semifinals of the Rainbow Classic.
With time running down on the shot clock, Gabriel Pruitt passed the ball to O’Neil at the top left corner and his basket fell through the net as the shot clock expired. A last-second shot by UAB fell short.
Pruitt scored 15 points, Rainier Beach High School’s Lodrick Stewart had 14, and O’Neil and Nick Young had 13 apiece to lead USC (6-3). Donell Taylor scored 19 points to lead UAB (6-3), while twin brother Ronell Taylor and Demario Eddins added 11 apiece.
UAB rallied from a 13-point deficit late in the second half behind a 20-5 run. Eddins’ basket tied the score at 73 with 3:36 remaining, and the Blazers took a 75-73 lead, their first lead since the 4:08 mark in the first half, on a layup by Marques Lewis with 2:40 remaining.
The score was tied twice after that, the last at 78-all on Ronell Taylor’s free throw with 40 seconds remaining.
At Stanford 71, Dartmouth 54
Dan Grunfeld scored 15 points to help the Cardinal win its 17th straight home game.
Chris Hernandez added 14 points for Stanford (5-4), which won its third straight.
No one scored more than nine points for Dartmouth (3-6), which lost its third straight.
Stanford has won 26 of its past 27 home contests, while the Big Green remained winless in four road games.
Hernandez hit two quick three-pointers to open the second half and Stanford eventually opened a 16-point edge in the first five minutes.
Dartmouth’s leading scorer, Mike Lang, was forced to leave the game midway through the second half after getting hit in the head with the basketball as he scrambled for a loose ball. He returned late in the game.
At Oregon 71, Winthrop 56
Franklin High School’s Aaron Brooks scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Ducks.
Brooks scored 15 of his points in the first half as Oregon took a 36-27 lead. The sophomore point guard was 8 for 13 from the field and 4 for 8 on three-pointers, tying his career high for threes.
Malik Hairston also scored 17 for the Ducks (7-1), who shot nearly 45 percent and committed a season-low 10 turnovers in their 30th straight nonconference victory at McArthur Court.
Phillip Williams and Torrell Martin each scored 12 points to pace the Eagles (7-4) of Rock Hill, S.C.
At California 69, Hampton 46
Richard Midgley scored 25 points to lead Cal’s depleted lineup in the first round of the Golden Bear Classic.
Former walk-on Martin Smith added career highs of 10 points and eight assists for the Golden Bears (6-3), who returned to action after an 11-day break for final exams.
Cal advanced to today’s title game against Pepperdine, a 91-82 winner over Arkansas State.
Hampton (3-7) was led by Devin Green with 15 points.
The Bears suited only seven scholarship players because of injuries and a one-game suspension being served by forward Marquise Kately for failure to meet a team responsibility.