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Koivu's OT goal puts Ducks past Coyotes, 3-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Saku Koivu scored two goals, including the game-winner 51 seconds into overtime, to lift the Anaheim Ducks to their 10th straight victory, 3-2 over the Phoenix Coyotes last night.

Anaheim improved its Pacific-Division leading record to 28-7-5 and went to 14-0-2 at Honda Center this season.

The Ducks are the only team in the NHL this season not to lose at home in regulation.

Andrew Cogliano gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead with his 11th goal of the season on a deflected shot in front early in the third period, with Koivu getting an assist.

Martin Hanzal and Keith Yandle scored in the final five minutes of regulation to earn a point for the Coyotes, who have lost all four meetings with Anaheim this season.


Fisher's 2nd goal of game leads Preds past Kings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Fisher scored his second goal of the game with 26.4 seconds left to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings last night.

Fisher also assisted on Patrick Hornqvist's first-period goal for Nashville, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter scored for the Kings, who have lost two straight.

The teams combined for three goals in the final 3:18

Fisher put Nashville ahead 2-1 with 3:18 left with a slap shot from the high slot that beat goalie Ben Scrivens low to the stick side.

Carter tied it with only 36.7 seconds to go, but Fisher put the Predators back in front 10 seconds later when his shot from the left side just made it over the goal line.

Hornqvist had given the Predators a 1-0 lead with 5:18 left in the first.


Blake Griffin scores 40, Clippers beat Jazz 98-90

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin scored a season-high 40 points, overcoming early foul trouble and a career-worst eight turnovers to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 98-90 victory over the Utah Jazz last night.

Griffin made his first 12 free throws and finished 14 for 17 from the foul line. The three-time All-Star, who entered this season a 61.1 percent career free throw shooter, has made 80.6 percent of his attempts over his last eight games and raised his season mark to 70 percent.

Chris Paul had 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Los Angeles. Shooting guard Jamal Crawford missed his first five shots and finished 4 for 16 with 13 points after averaging 20 points and 40.3 percent shooting from the field in seven games after he was inserted into the starting lineup.


Long Beach St. pulls off 80-77 OT win over Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Michael Caffey hit a 3-pointer for Long Beach State at the regulation buzzer to tie up the score, and the 49ers grabbed an 80-77 overtime victory against Nevada last night.

Nevada led by five points (67-62) with 1:02 left to play. A 3-pointer by Long Beach State's Branford Jones cut the difference to two and Caffey's 3-pointer after a free throw by the Wolf Pack sent the game into overtime.

Caffey finished with 26 points, four in overtime, and Tyler Lam added 17 as Long Beach State (4-9) won its first away game of the season. The 49ers are on a three-game winning streak after losing nine in a row.

Jerry Evans Jr. scored 21 points and added 11 rebounds for Nevada (5-8). The Wolf Pack committed two turnovers in the final 2:35 of regulation and finished with 18 in the game.


Stockton lifts No. 24 Gonzaga past Santa Clara

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga was struggling with injuries and facing a Santa Clara team up for the challenge in the teams' West Coast Conference opener last night.

So David Stockton took over and led the Bulldogs to a big win.

"We have to step up," the senior guard said after scoring a career-high 21 points in the Zags' 74-60 win over the Broncos. "We have to hold the fort until they get back."

With one starter out and two nicked up, Stockton scored 15 of his points in the second half to lead the Bulldogs (11-2, 1-0), who have won 12 of the previous 13 conference titles.


Cal State Bakersfield beats Idaho State 61-57

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Stefon Johnson had 10 rebounds and hit a jumper in the final minute to lead Cal State Bakersfield to a 61-57 win last night over Idaho State.

Johnson's field goal gave Cal State Bakersfield a 58-57 lead with 51 seconds remaining. After the teams traded timeouts, Issiah Grayson had a steal from Idaho State's Andre Hatchett with 18 seconds to play. The Bengals (3-6) fouled Erik Kinney, and he made 1 of 2 from the line. CSUB recovered the deadball rebound from Kinney's second shot and Javonte Maynor made a layup to cap the scoring for the Roadrunners.

Maynor scored 17 points and Brandon Barnes added 12 for Cal State Bakersfield (7-7).

Hatchett made a jumper and Chris Hansen followed with a layup to give Idaho State a 57-56 lead with 1:02 to play. Tomas Sanchez scored 17 points, and Hansen added 14 to lead the Bengals.


Utah St easily handles San Diego Christian 84-53

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Preston Medlin led the way with 17 points for Utah State in downing NAIA member San Diego Christian 84-53 last night.

Kyle Davis and Spencer Butterfield controlled the paint, teaming up for 28 rebounds and adding 26 points for the Aggies.

The Aggies dominated San Diego Christian in the first half, out-muscling the Hawks on the boards 28-8 and pulling down 10 more offensive rebounds while en route to a 39-22 halftime lead. San Diego was able to knock down 5 of 11 three's in the half in preventing an even larger deficit.

Utah State upped their shooting percentage to 50 percent in the second half squashing any Hawk comeback opportunity while winning the rebounding battle 56-17.

Derek Dickerson scored 17 points for San Diego Christion in the loss.

Utah State (10-2) opens conference play in the Mountain West against Air Force on Jan. 1.


Pepperdine beats San Diego 75-64 in WCC opener

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Malcolm Brooks scored a career-high 20 points to lead Pepperdine to a 75-64 victory over San Diego in a West Coast Conference opener last night.

Jeremy Major added 13 points and seven assists for the Waves (8-5, 1-0 WCC). His 3-pointer with 7:12 left gave Pepperdine the lead for good at 61-58 and his jumper with 1:32 to go put the Waves up 71-64. Stacy Davis had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Brendan Lane added 18 points.

Dennis Kramer's 3-pointer for San Diego tied the game at 58-58, but Lane and Major answered with 10 straight points to give the Waves a 68-58 lead.

San Diego (9-5, 0-1) scrambled to catch up, but missed all five shots with three turnovers in the final 3 minutes.

Johnny Dee led San Diego with 26 points and sparked a 19-6 surge that gave the Toreros a 53-52 lead with 11:39 to play.


Fresno State routs UC Merced 104-43

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Paul Watson scored 16 points last night, Allen Huddleston added 15, and Fresno State rolled over NAIA UC Merced 104-43.

Fresno State (7-6) shot 58.2 percent from the field compared with 25.4 percent for UC Merced (1-13) and the Bulldogs' bench outscored the Bobcats 53-43.

Tyler Johnson scored 14 points for the Bulldogs, Karachi Edo and Alex Davis scored 13 each, and Tanner Giddings scored 12 and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Fresno State out-rebounded the Bobcats 60-25.

The Bulldogs jumped to a 10-2 lead, ripped off an 11-1 run and led 52-30 at halftime. Fresno State shot 61.8 percent from the field (21 of 34) in the half compared with 32.3 percent (10 of 31) for UC Merced.

The Bulldogs led by 23 points after opening the second half with a 13-2 run and continued to pull away.

Drew Orr led UC Merced with 10 points.


UCLA women beat Cal Poly 96-89

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nirra Fields scored a career-high 36 points, including a career-best five 3-pointers, to help UCLA beat Cal Poly 96-89 yesterday.

Atonye Nyingifa and Thea Lemberger added 23 points each for the Bruins (6-6), who played their first home game since Nov. 24.

Molly Schlemer had a career-high 29 points and 16 rebounds for the Mustangs (6-7). Ariana Elegado added 21 points.

UCLA led 43-40 at halftime. Fields scored five points to open the second half and the Bruins used full-court pressure to extend their lead to 12 points. Cal Poly cut its deficit to three helped by four 3-pointers from Elegado, who made five in the game.

Cal Poly's bench outscored UCLA's reserves 28-6 and the Mustangs made 14 of 16 free throws. UCLA hit a season-best 28 of 40 free throws. Nyingifa made 11 of 18.


Ogwumike leads Stanford women to rout of Fresno St

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half and No. 4 Stanford routed Fresno State 86-54 last night in the Cardinal's final tuneup before Pac-12 play.

Stanford (11-1) was coming off a six-day holiday break, and playing for the first time since defeating then-No. 3 Tennessee 76-70 on Dec. 21. The rustiness showed for half of the first half before Ogwumike got going.

Up four points midway through the first half, The Cardinal used an 11-0 run during 5 minutes of shutout defense to stake itself to a 33-18 lead over the Bulldogs with 5:54 left in the first half.

Fresno State never recovered.

Alex Sheedy had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Fresno State (6-5).