Playing at home, UCLA struggled to beat Albany and trailed winless Coppin State by five points at halftime, making it appear the 16th-ranked...
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Playing at home, UCLA struggled to beat Albany and trailed winless Coppin State by five points at halftime, making it appear the 16th-ranked Bruins might be overrated.
It sure didn’t look that way Saturday.
Jordan Farmar scored 10 of his 24 points during a game-clinching 16-2 run, Arron Afflalo added 18 points and eight rebounds, and the Bruins beat No. 17 Nevada 67-56 at the 12th John R. Wooden Classic.
“UCLA’s the best team we’ve played so far,” Nevada star Nick Fazekas said. “They’ll probably be the best team we’ll see all year.”
The Wolf Pack shot 37.3 percent — nearly 11 percent below its season percentage.
“That was an outstanding win for our team because we beat a really good team,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “This is the same team minus one or two kids who beat Texas in the [NCAA] tournament last year.
“We won today because we did a great job defensively.”
Darren Collison matched his career high with 10 points and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had eight points and nine rebounds for the Bruins (7-1).
Fazekas scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half to lead Nevada (6-1), which had won its previous 14 regular-season games on the road.
No. 11 Illinois 89, Oregon 59
In Portland, Dee Brown had 26 points and seven assists as the Illini cruised to victory.
Rich McBride had 13 points and James Augustine added eight points and 11 rebounds for Illinois (10-0)
Reserve forward Ivan Johnson had 16 points to lead the Ducks (4-3), losers of three straight. Malik Hairston added 12. Oregon shot just 35 percent from the field.
At No. 24 Arizona 73, Saint Mary’s, Calif. 61
TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona’s Hassan Adams led a second-half charge, scoring 18 of his season-high 27 points after the break, as the Wildcats rallied to beat the Gaels.
Arizona (4-3) tied a season high with 15 steals and forced St. Mary’s (1-3) into 24 turnovers.
Freshman Marcus Williams from Roosevelt High School had 14 points to help Arizona go above .500 for the first time since winning its opener.
Kansas 69, California 56
In Kansas City, Mo., Brandon Rush scored eight points during a 24-6 run in the second half as the Jayhawks subdued the Golden Bears (6-2).
C.J. Giles from Rainier Beach High School had six points during the spree, which turned California’s 34-31 halftime lead into a 53-38 advantage for Kansas (4-4).
Giles, a 6-foot-11 sophomore, had 17 points and nine rebounds for Kansas, and freshmen Micah Downs from Juanita High School had 10.
Washington State 60, at San Diego State 49
Robbie Cowgill had 12 points and Derrick Low 11 as the Cougars (5-2) beat the Aztecs (4-4).
WSU trailed 27-21 at halftime but outscored San Diego State 39-22 in the second half.
Utah Valley State 75, at Arizona State 71
Ben Devoe scored 21 points and the Wolverines outscored the Sun Devils 12-3 in the final 3:09.
Jeff Pendergraph scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds off the bench to lead Arizona State (4-2), which has lost two straight.
Devoe’s layup with 1:05 left gave Utah Valley State (5-4) a 69-68 lead.
At USC 71, Loyola Marymount 69
Gabe Pruitt scored a career-best 36 points to lead the Trojans (5-2) over the Lions (2-6).
Pruitt, who scored 20 of his points in the first half, drained five three-pointers and shot 13 for 19.
At Portland 76, Oregon St. 62
Darren Cooper scored 25 points and Pooh Jeter added 20 as Pilots beat the Beavers.
Portland (4-5) outscored Oregon State 17-3 in the final 4:17 to register its fourth win in eight tries against the in-state rivals.
The Beavers (2-3) were led by Jason Fontenet with 12 points.
• Arizona guard Jesus Verdejo, a native of Puerto Rico, will transfer to Miami, coach Lute Olson said.