UC SANTA BARBARA-FAN CONFRONTATION
UC Santa Barbara fan confronts Hawaii coach
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - A UC Santa Barbara basketball fan ran on the court and confronted Hawaii coach Gib Arnold during the Gauchos' 86-77 victory over the Rainbow Warriors on Thursday night.
The fan stormed the court while Arnold was arguing with the referees after Hawaii's Brandon Spearman was called for an intentional foul.
Hawaii forward Christian Standhardinger pushed the man away from Arnold. Teammate Garrett Nevels also shoved away the fan, who gestured for the players to come after him as he backpedaled off the court.
UC Santa Barbara cruised to an 86-77 win.
Alan Williams had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Kyle Boswell scored 17 points for the Gauchos. Zalmico Harmon added 16 points, Michael Bryson had 13 and Mitch Brewe ended with 11 points.
Christian Standhardinger paced the Warriors with 18 points and seven boards.
LONG BEACH ST-CS NORTHRIDGE
Cal State Northridge defeats Long Beach St 91-83
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Stephan Hicks scored a career-high 28 points, shooting 7 of 11 from the field and hitting all 13 of his free throws, to pace Cal State Northridge past Long Beach State 91-83 on Thursday night.
The Matadors shot 51 percent from the field and went 34 of 39 from the free-throw line. Josh Greene and Tre Hale-Edmerson each had 15 points, and Stephen Maxwell added 13 with nine rebounds.
LBSU shot 42.2 percent and went 10 of 27 beyond the arc. Tyler Lamb scored 22 points, Mike Caffey had 19 with seven assists and Dan Jennings contributed 10 points with 10 boards.
CS Northridge had a 43-38 halftime advantage, and pushed that lead to nine with 3:53 remaining after two Hicks free throws. The 49ers pulled within two after a Caffey 3-pointer, but the Matadors sank their last 10 free throws to ice it.
Montana beats Sacramento State 70-55
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Jordan Gregory scored 18 points, all on 3-pointers, and Montana clinched a berth in the Big Sky tournament with a 70-55 victory over Sacramento State on Thursday night.
Kareem Jamar and Keron DeShields added 10 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who shot 54.3 percent, including 40 percent from 3-point range on an 8-of-20 effort.
The Grizzlies were down 12-11 early before outscoring the Hornets 32-12 to take a 43-24 lead at the half. Montana took advantage of 11 Sacramento State turnovers in the half, scoring 18 points off the miscues.
The Hornets got within nine points once in the second half with 9:15 left in the game before the Grizzlies extended the lead back to 16 and cruised to the victory.
Dylan Garrity scored 18 points and Mikh McKinney added 10 for Sacramento State, which saw a seven-game home winning streak come to an end.
Adams leads UCLA past Washington 91-82
SEATTLE (AP) - Jordan Adams scored a career-high 31 points, and UCLA wrapped up the No. 2 seed in next week's Pac-12 Conference tournament with a 91-82 win over Washington on Thursday night.
Adams scored 16 points in the first 12-plus minutes of the second half before having to sit with his legs appearing to cramp.
When Adams returned, it was Seattle-area native Zach LaVine taking over, scoring 11 of his 14 points in the final five minutes for UCLA. LaVine's closing punch included a three-point play off a Washington turnover with 1:24 left that gave the Bruins an 87-77 lead and finally put the Huskies away.
C.J. Wilcox led Washington with 20 points despite sitting for more than five minutes of the second half with foul trouble. Nigel Williams-Goss added 17 points.
UC DAVIS-UC RIVERSIDE
UC Riverside cruises past UC Davis 78-65
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Chris Patton scored 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds to propel UC Riverside into the Big West tournament with a 78-65 victory over UC Davis on Thursday night.
UC Riverside opened the game with a 6-0 spurt to take a lead it would never surrender, carrying a 39-29 advantage into the break and continuing to pull away in the second half. The win secured the final tournament spot by giving the Highlanders a one-game advantage and the season sweep over UC Davis.
Sam Finley contributed 19 points and Steven Thornton added 14 for UC Riverside, which shot 55 percent from the field and held a 34-26 rebounding advantage.
Brynton Lemar led the Aggies with 19 points, Corey Hawkins had 13 and Ryan Sypkens 10, including a trio of 3-pointers that set a new conference record at 312 career treys.
Richards has winner in Kings' 3-1 win over Jets
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Mike Richards scored the winner on a Winnipeg Jets' giveaway to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 win Thursday night.
The victory ran the Kings' winning streak to six games.
Dustin Brown scored Los Angeles' first goal and Alec Martinez added a third-period power-play goal. Goalie Jonathan Quick made 17 saves for the Kings.
Olli Jokinen had his 15th goal of the season for Winnipeg.
Sharks rally past Penguins 5-3
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Joe Thornton scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:39 left in regulation to help the San Jose Sharks overcome a two-goal deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Thursday night.
Justin Braun started the comeback with a goal late in the second and Patrick Marleau and Brent Burns scored tying goals earlier in the third for the Sharks, who have 10 wins and one tie in their last 11 home games against Pittsburgh. Burns added an empty-net goal and Antti Niemi made 19 saves for San Jose.
Olli Maatta scored two goals and Chris Kunitz also scored for the Penguins, who last won at the Shark Tank on Oct. 22, 1997. Jeff Zatkoff made 42 saves in his first appearance since beating Los Angeles on Jan. 30.
USC women hold off Arizona 59-54 in Pac-12 tourney
SEATTLE (AP) - Ariya Crook scored 19 points, including three free throws in the final 30 seconds, as the fifth-seeded USC women beat No. 12 seed Arizona 59-54 in the first round of the Pac-12 Conference tournament on Thursday.
Carissa Crutchfield hit a 3-pointer with 7:41 to play, pulling Arizona within three, 52-49, but the Wildcats made just 1 of 8 field goals the rest of the way and USC held on for the win.
The Women of Troy will play No. 4 seed Arizona State in the quarterfinals on Friday.
USC which out-rebounded Arizona 41-30, including 12-4 on the offensive glass. Kate Oliver scored 12 in the win.
Kama Griffitts paced the Wildcats with 13 points and seven rebounds.
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