Printed on: February 08, 2013

Southern Utah slips past Idaho St. in OT


Associated press

POCATELLO -- Damon Heuir, the leading scorer in the Big Sky Conference, scored six of his 17 points in overtime to lead Southern Utah to an 81-79 win over Idaho State on Thursday night.

Jackson Stevenett led the Thunderbirds (10-12, 8-5 Big Sky) with 23 points, but only had two points in overtime.

Heuir had a drive for the win in regulation play, but lost the ball beneath the basket with 4.2 seconds left.

Tomas Sanchez, who led Idaho State (4-18, 3-10) with 19 points, missed a 3-pointer from near the top of the key at the buzzer.

The game was close throughout the night with 13 ties and 21 lead changes.

A.J. Hess scored 12 points for Southern Utah and Cal Hanks had 10. Andre Hatchett had 18 points for Idaho State while Melvin Morgan added 15.

Around the region

San Diego 74, BYU 68: At San Diego, Johnny Dee scored 19 points, Ken Rancifer added 16 and San Diego snapped BYU's three-game winning streak.

Chris Manresa chipped in 10 points, and he and Dennis Kramer grabbed 10 rebounds apiece, for the Toreros (13-12, 6-4 West Coast), who shot 50 percent from the floor and overcame 20 turnovers.

Conference scoring leader Tyler Haws led the Cougars (18-7, 8-3) with 27 points, and Brandon Davies had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Carlino, the reigning WCC player of the week after a 28-point performance in Saturday's win over Pepperdine, scored nine points and had five turnovers.

San Diego led the entire second half, but BYU pulled within 67-64 on Haws' two free throws with 3:32 left. But Chris Anderson scored on a layup, then made two foul shots, to give the Toreros breathing room before Dee iced the win with three free throws.

New Mexico State 76, Idaho 74: At Las Cruces, N.M., Daniel Mullings scored only seven points all game but came up big when his team needed him most, hitting a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left to give New Mexico State the lead for good in a win over Idaho.

Kevin Aronis' 3-pointer gave New Mexico State (16-8, 10-2 WAC) a 67-56 lead with 6:14 remaining in the game but the Vandals responded with an 18-7 run capped off by Connor Hill's 3-pointer to tie it at 74 with 1 minute to go. Hill finished with 21 points. Kyle Barone had 26 points to lead Idaho (9-13, 5-7).

Sim Bhullar scored 20 points on 8-of-8 shooting and grabbed five rebounds to lead the Aggies, which shot 53.6 percent from the field.

Montana 73, Northern Colorado 63: At Missoula, Mont., Kareem Jamar scored 18 points to lead Montana (17-4, 13-0 Big Sky) to its 13th straight victory and 24th in a row in Big Sky Conference play.

Northern Arizona 79, Portland State 72: At Flagstaff, Ariz., Gabe Rogers tied his career best with seven 3-pointers and finished with 25 points, pacing Northern Arizona (9-14, 6-7 Big Sky) over Portland State (8-15, 3-10).

UCLA 59, Washington 57: At Los Angeles, Larry Drew II hit the game-winning jumper at the buzzer, lifting UCLA (14-9, 6-4 Pac-12) over Washington (13-10, 5-5) and ending a two-game skid.

Sacramento State 61, Eastern Washington 55: At Sacramento, Calif., Dylan Garrity scored 15 points, John Dickson added 13 and Sacramento State (11-10, 6-7 Big Sky) avoided another close conference loss by beating Eastern Washington (6-17, 4-9).

Around the Top 25

Illinois 74, No. 1 Indiana 72: At Champaign, Ill., Tyler Griffey made an uncontested layup at the buzzer off a baseline inbounds pass and Illinois (16-8, 3-7 Big Ten) beat Indiana (20-3, 8-2), the fifth straight week the nation\\\'s top-ranked team has lost.

The Illini trailed 41-29 at halftime and by double digits for most of the second half before closing the game on a 13-2 run over the final 3:36.

With the score tied, Indiana's Victor Oladipo turned the ball over and recovered to block a breakaway layup by D.J. Richardson out of bounds with less than a second to play. Griffey, who was open after setting a screen, took the inbounds pass from Brandon Paul with .9 seconds left and gently laid the ball into the basket.

No. 4 Duke 98, N.C. State 85: At Durham, N.C., Mason Plumlee scored 30 points and Duke (20-2, 7-2 ACC) held on to beat North Carolina State (16-7, 5-5).

No. 6 Gonzaga 82, Pepperdine 56: At Spokane, Wash., Kevin Pangos scored 14 points and Gonzaga (22-2, 9-0 West Coast) pounded Pepperdine (10-13, 2-8) for its 24th consecutive victory over the Waves.

Colorado 48, No. 19 Oregon 47: At Eugene, Ore., Andre Roberson scored the game-winner with 29 seconds left, capping Colorado's game-closing 8-0 run and the Buffaloes (15-7, 5-5 Pac-12) handed Oregon (18-5, 7-3) its third straight loss.

Texas A&M 70, No. 21 Missouri 68: At College Station, Texas, Fabyon Harris had 17 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, to lift Texas A&M (14-8, 4-5 SEC) over Missouri (16-6, 5-4) .

Around the NBA

Celtics 116, Lakers 95: At Boston, Paul Pierce scored 24 points and led a third-quarter surge as the Celtics routed the Lakers, improving to 6-0 since losing point guard Rajon Rondo for the season with a torn knee ligament.

The Lakers had cut a 58-44 halftime deficit to 72-61 with 5:07 left in the third quarter. Then the Celtics went on a 23-8 run and led 95-69 going into the fourth. Pierce started the surge with a three-point play and ended it with a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left, giving him 12 points in the period.

Nuggets 128, Bulls 96: At Denver, Kenneth Faried celebrated his invitation to the league\\\'s annual slam dunk contest with a series of rim-rattling, crowd-pleasing jams when the Nuggets extended their winning streak to eight games.