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Cardinal beat ASU 38-14 in Pac-12 title game

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Tyler Gaffney ran for 133 yards and scored three touchdowns in a dominating first half, leading No. 7 Stanford back to the Rose Bowl with a 38-14 victory over No. 11 Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game Saturday night.

Stanford (11-2) raced out to a big lead in its first game with Arizona State this season and had its way with the Sun Devils again early in the rematch, building a 28-7 lead early in the second quarter. Gaffney did most of the damage, scoring on a 69-yard run on the Cardinal's second play and a pair of 1-yard runs.

Stanford consistently gouged Arizona State for big plays, racking up 517 yards to earn a shot at repeating as Rose Bowl champion.

Arizona State (10-3) stumbled early for the second straight game against the Cardinal and never really recovered to spoil its Rose Bowl hopes.


Cousins leads Kings past Jazz 112-102 in OT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and Isaiah Thomas scored 23 of his 26 points after halftime to help the Sacramento Kings snap a six-game skid with a 112-102 overtime victory against the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

Trey Burke gave the Jazz their final lead at 102-101 with a 3-pointer, but the Kings scored the final 11 points of overtime. Burke finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Thomas clinched it when he stole the ball from Alec Burks and got a return pass from Cousins for a layup to give the a 110-102 lead with 57 seconds left.

Kings guard Ben McLemore made a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 97-97.

Gordon Hayward had 22 points for Utah, but didn't score in overtime. The Jazz were missing injured starters Derrick Favors and Marvin Williams.


Thompson has 30 and Warriors top Grizzlies 108-82

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 30 points and David Lee finished with 23 to help the Golden State Warriors defeat the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 108-82 Saturday night.

Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, despite shooting 7 of 16 on the night as the Warriors ended an 11-game skid against the Grizzlies. Curry had 15 assists, two more Memphis' team total

Mike Miller led the Grizzlies with 16 points, while Jon Leuer and Zach Randolph added 15 points each. Mike Conley finished with 12 points, but was 4 of 12 from the field, part of Memphis shooting 37 percent. Kosta Koufos had 10 points and 16 rebounds.

Memphis played without starters Marc Gasol and Tony Allen, plus Ed Davis, who had moved into the starting lineup. Then in the second quarter, Memphis lost Quincy Pondexter, who started for Allen, to a right midfoot sprain.


Irving helps Cavaliers beat Clippers 88-82

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving, coming off the first scoreless game of his career, scored 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 88-82 Saturday night.

Tristan Thompson added 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Andrew Bynum added 18 points for Cleveland.

Irving, who didn't score in a season-low 20 minutes Friday against Atlanta, scored seven points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 15.7 seconds left to put the game away.

Jamal Crawford scored 19 points for the Clippers, who have lost three of four. Chris Paul scored 13 points while DeAndre Jordan added 12.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao got into a confrontation with 2:21 to play that resulted in Varejao receiving a personal foul, while Griffin and Cleveland's Jarrett Jack were hit with technicals.


Jones gets shutout, leads LA Kings past Isles 3-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Martin Jones made 16 saves to earn his first NHL shutout in his second career start, and Anze Kopitar scored in the Los Angeles Kings' 3-0 victory over the skidding New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Dustin Brown also scored and Tyler Toffoli added an empty-net goal for the Kings, who won their third straight and have earned a point in 14 of 15 games since Nov. 2.

Jones followed up his victory over Anaheim in his NHL debut with a perfect effort against the Islanders, who have lost nine in a row.

Kevin Poulin stopped 21 shots for the Islanders, on their longest losing streak since dropping a franchise-record 14 straight in late 2010.


Corey Perry scores 18th goal, Ducks beat Blues 5-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Corey Perry scored his team-high 18th goal and rookie Frederik Andersen made 26 saves to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Anaheim won its second in a row, after beating defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago 3-2 in a shootout Friday. St. Louis lost for the third time in four games and fell to 12-2-2 at home.

Ryan Getzlaf, Andrew Cogliano, Nick Bonino and Mark Fistric also scored for the Ducks, who had not won in regulation in their previous eight trips to St. Louis.

Getzlaf, who also added an assist, has a point in his last 13 games. He has 10 goals and 10 assists during that span. Getzlaf missed three games in November with an injury and has a point in his team's past 11 games, the longest current run in the NHL.


No. 24 Fresno St beats Utah St 24-17 for MW title

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr threw for 403 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 24 Fresno State's defense bounced back from a rough performance to help the Bulldogs beat Utah State 24-17 in the inaugural Mountain West conference title game Saturday night.

Carr was far from his best against the stingy defense from Utah State (8-5, 7-2), matching his career worst with two interceptions. But it was the much-maligned defense that stepped up for a change, giving the Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1) their first outright conference title since winning the Big West in 1989.

One week after being completely overmatched in a 62-52 loss that dashed any hopes of a BCS bid, Fresno State's defense responded with one of its best performances of the season.


Missouri upsets No. 18 UCLA 80-71

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Jabari Brown scored 22 points and Jordan Clarkson added 21 to help Missouri upset No. 18 UCLA 80-71 on Saturday.

Two free throws by Johnathan Williams III gave Missouri (9-0) a 62-60 lead it wouldn't relinquish with 9:30 remaining. The team trailed for most of the first half and into the second before Earnest Ross made a 3-pointer with 14:46 left.

The win extended Missouri's NCAA-best, home-court winning streak to 24 games and the Tigers' run of 79 consecutive wins against non-conference opponents at Mizzou Arena. The victory was the first in that stretch against a nationally ranked team.

Jordan Adams scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds for UCLA (8-1), which dropped its first road game this season. Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine each added 13 points

The Tigers remain the only unbeaten team in the Southeastern Conference and are off to their best start since the 2006-07 season. UCLA entered the game averaging a Pac-12 leading 90.6 points.


San Jose State tops Houston 72-68

HOUSTON (AP) — Rashad Muhammad's 3-pointer with 1:32 left in the second half helped seal a big comeback as San Jose State beat Houston 72-68 on Saturday night.

Muhammad scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half for the Spartans (3-6), who trailed by as many as 15 in the game and 13 with 8:38 left in the contest. San Jose State used an 18-1 run over the next five minutes to take a 65-61 lead.

Muhammad's 3-pointer gave the Spartans a 68-66 lead and San Jose State held on down the stretch.

Jalen James scored 12 points, dished out 10 assists and pulled down 13 rebounds to record the second triple-double in school history. Devante Wilson added 16 points.

Jherrod Stiggers scored 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting for Houston (6-4). Brandon Morris added 17 points for the Cougars.


Nevada slips past UC Davis 87-81 in OT

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Jerry Evans, Jr. scored 25 points, making the last two free throws in overtime, to help Nevada slip past UC Davis 87-81 Saturday night.

UC Davis (3-7) held a 74-72 lead with 12 seconds remaining in regulation after a Deonte Burton free throw. Brynton Lemar's layup with seven seconds remaining sent the game into overtime. The Wolf Pack (4-5) outscored UC Davis 13-7 in overtime.

Burton added 19 points for the Wolf Pack. Ronnie Stevens and Cole Huff had 13 each.

The game was tied eight times, with 15 lead changes.

UC Davis held a 37-34 halftime lead, and led 40-34 to start the second half. Nevada (4-5) quickly came back to outscore the Aggies 40-37 in the second half.

Nevada held a decided 42-24 advantage on the boards.

Corey Hawkins led the Aggies with 34 points. Lemar finished with a season-high 16.


Pepperdine holds off UC Irvine 75-69

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Stacy Davis had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeremy Major added 18 points as Pepperdine defeated UC Irvine 75-69 Saturday night.

The Waves (6-4) overcame a 40-30 halftime deficit, opening the second half with a 10-2 run sparked by 3-pointers from Malcolm Brooks and Major. They grabbed the lead on a Brooks three-point play and stretched it to eight on a pair of free throws from Major with 1:13 remaining.

UC Irvine (5-5) looked to rally as Alex Young and Chris McNealy each hit 3-pointers to make the score 71-69, but Major and Davis each sank two free throws in the final eight seconds to ice the game.

McNealy had 16 points for the Anteaters on 5-of-12 shooting, while Young added 12 with eight assists.

Davis and Major finished a combined 11-of-18 on field goal attempts and Brooks had 16 points for Pepperdine.


Cal Poly pulls away from Santa Clara 64-53

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — David Nwaba scored 21 points as Cal Poly pulled away from Santa Clara for a 64-53 win Saturday night.

Cal Poly (3-5) ended the first half on an 8-0 run to take a 29-23 lead at the break. Nwaba bookended two layups around a Joel Awich jumper and layup to account for the points.

Cal Poly picked up where they left off to start the second half, but Santa Clara (3-5) responded. Nate Kratch hit a layup to cut the lead back 35-29 with 14:45 left. The Mustangs responded with a 10-2 run.

Chris Eversley pulled down 15 rebounds to go with nine points for Cal Poly.

Brandon Clark and Evan Roquemore each scored 12 points for Santa Clara while Kratch added 11.

Cal Poly was 3 for 11 from 3-point range while Santa Clara was 4 for 20.