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Gonzaga wins behind Bouldin's 32

SPOKANE, Wash. — Matt Bouldin scored a career-high 32 and No. 15 Gonzaga beat Pepperdine 91-84 Thursday night to take sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference.

Elias Harris added 20 points and 13 rebounds as Gonzaga (15-3, 4-0 WCC) won its seventh straight.

Keion Bell, who had three points in the first, led Pepperdine (7-13, 3-1) with a career-high 37 points, keeping it close.

These were the last two unbeaten teams in league play. The Waves have lost 17 straight to Gonzaga, last winning in 2002.

Before the game, the Bulldogs had a moment of silence for former basketball coach Dan Fitzgerald, who died this week. Then coach Mark Few, who started with Gonzaga in 1990 as a graduate assistant to Fitzgerald, opened the game by running "crackdown," a favorite Fitzgerald play. Bouldin scored.

"That was always his play," Few said.

Seton Hall 80, L'ville 77: The host Pirates sent the Cardinals (12-7, 3-3 Big East) to a third straight loss, Louisville's longest skid since 2005-06.

WASHINGTON STATE: A technical foul that cost the Cougars a victory over Oregon was upheld by the Pac-10. With 0.3 of a second left in overtime, WSU bench players and a fan stepped onto the court and the Ducks were awarded two free throws to tie it, then won in the second OT.

Women's basketball

no. 8 Georgia 53, NO. 3 TENN. 50: Porsha Phillips scored, then added two free throws that clinched it for the host Bulldogs (18-1, 5-1 SEC). The Vols (16-2, 4-1) had 23 turnovers.

No. 5 Ohio St. 58, Michigan 56: Jantel Lavender had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Buckeyes (20-1, 8-0 Big Ten).

No. 6 Duke 69, VA. Tech 38: The host Blue Devils (16-3, 4-0 ACC) beat the Hokies for the 12th consecutive time.

No. 15 FSU 96, Harvard 52: The host Seminoles (17-3) allowed 21.8 percent shooting, the fifth time in seven games FSU held an opponent under 35 percent.

Loyola-Chicago 65, No. 17 Wis.-Green Bay 63: Host Loyola ended a 35-game losing streak against the Phoenix (16-1, 5-1 Horizon League) dating to 1995. UConn and Nebraska are the last unbeatens.

NO. 18 LSU 69, S. CAROLINA 52: Katherine Graham scored 22 of her career-high 24 in the first half for the host Tigers (14-3, 3-2 SEC).

No. 21 Vandy 61, Auburn 60: The visiting Commodores (14-5, 3-3 SEC) held on when Keke Carrier turned the ball over at the end.

No. 22 Georgia Tech 80, Savannah State 51: The host Yellow Jackets (16-4) forced 34 turnovers.

No. 24 Vermont 79, MD.-Baltimore County 51: Freshman Kendra Seto had career highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds for the visiting Catamounts (15-4, 5-1 America East).

No. 25 Virginia 70, BC 68: Monica Wright scored a career-high 39 and Paulisha Kellum won it with a short jumper with 2.3 seconds left for the visiting Cavaliers (13-5, 2-2 ACC). Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown watched as his daughter, Ayla, scored nine for the Eagles.

Miami 80, Maryland 77: Riquna Williams tied it with a 3 as the shot clock expired, then won it with a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left as the Hurricanes (14-4, 2-2 ACC) ended the Terps' 48-game home winning streak.

Alabama 82, florida 58: The host Tide led the Gators (10-9, 3-3 SEC) by 21 early in the second half. Jordan Jones, UF's leading scorer, got her first points with 2:55 to play.

Football

McNEILL replaces holtz: East Carolina hired former Texas Tech assistant and alumnus Ruffin McNeill as coach to replace Skip Holtz, who was hired by USF.

The contract will be finalized at a regular meeting of the board of trustees next month.

McNeill, 51, spent 10 seasons at Texas Tech as an assistant, then served as interim coach when Mike Leach was suspended and later fired. He left the program after Tommy Tuberville was hired as coach.

McNeill played defensive back for East Carolina from 1976-79.

cal: The university approved a $321 million renovation of UC Berkeley's Memorial Stadium, funded mainly by sales of long-term rights to about 3,000 seats.

Gonzaga wins behind Bouldin's 32 01/21/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 22, 2010 12:04am]
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