Washington had ample opportunity to steal a victory from Pac-10 leader Oregon State and, with it, first place in the conference. Though the Beavers led 31-28 at the half, they failed to score on their first six second-half possessions. The Huskies, however, were similarly inept at taking control of the game, coming up empty in six of their first seven second-half trips down the floor. But with 12:45 left the Beavers got busy, scoring seven consecutive points in 3:29 and ultimately coasting to a 55-44 victory. "Against good teams you don't get many good opportunities," said Husky Coach Marv Harshman. "If you don't convert on the ones you do get, you're not going to win." The Beavers then traveled to Pullman, where they squeaked past Washington State 40-36.
The last time California beat UCLA in Los Angeles, John F. Kennedy was campaigning for President and John Wooden had yet to become a Wizard. The Bears came close last week. Spurred by Mark McNamara's 36 points and 13 rebounds, Cal forced an overtime, only to fail 70-65. Guard Michael Holton ensured victory for the Bruins, getting five points in OT, including a pair of foul shots that gave UCLA a 67-65 lead with 39 seconds left. The next night Stanford made a run at the Bruins, trailing only 29-25 at intermission. But UCLA held the Cardinals scoreless for 5:02 in the second half en route to its 12th straight victory, 70-53.
People throughout Idaho are wearing T shirts that read DON MONSON FAN CLUB, adorned with a drawing of the Idaho coach clutching his head in worry. After the Vandals defeated Montana 71-58 and Montana State 77-63 in Moscow, it's the rest of the Big Sky that should be worried. With the best regular-season record in the league for the second straight year, Idaho once again earned the right to host the conference tournament (March 5-6) in the Kibbie Dome, where it has won 33 in a row.
Fresno State Coach Boyd Grant can explain why the Bulldogs have been on a scoring binge. "People are running at us, so we have to run back at them," he said after the Bulldogs ran past UC Santa Barbara 65-59 and Cal State Fullerton 71-51 and clinched at least a tie for the PCAA title.
Visiting San Francisco got 31 points from Guard Quintin Dailey in beating Portland 84-72. Then Dailey and 7-foot Center Wallace Bryant combined for 41 points in a 69-58 defeat of Gonzaga in Spokane. Nevertheless, the Dons remained two games behind WCAC leader Pepperdine, which defeated San Diego 63-61 and St. Mary's 79-66.
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