Published February 27, 2015
Tucson, AZ – Spokane, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Przemek Karnowski finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, and No. 3 Gonzaga overcame a slow start and downed San Diego 59-39 on Thursday. Gonzaga wrapped up the West Coast Conference regular-season title over the weekend, and there was a bit of a hangover against a San Diego team that had dropped three of five coming in. The Bulldogs (29-1, 17-0 WCC) nevertheless pulled away late en route to their 22nd straight victory and first-ever 17-0 start in WCC play. Their home winning streak also reached 41 games despite making only 3-of-12 from behind the arc and 8-of-15 from the foul line. Gary Bell Jr. chipped in with 13 points, while Byron Wesley and Domantas Sabonis contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the victors. The Toreros (14-15, 7-10) shot just 29.6 percent from the field and were led by Brandon Perry's nine points. Johnny Dee shot just 2-of-10 for six points -- 12 below his season average.
Final Score: (7) Arizona 82, Colorado 54
Boulder, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Stanley Johnson scored 15 points, Kaleb Tarczewski added 14 and No. 7 Arizona cruised past Colorado 82-54 on Thursday. There was no look-ahead letdown for the Pac-12 leading Wildcats (25-3, 13-2 Pac-12) with Saturday's showdown against second-place Utah looming. They shot 52.9 percent from the floor, handily won the rebounding battle 38-25 and led by as many as 28. Gabe York made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points off the bench, while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds for Arizona, which has reeled off five straight wins since losing at Arizona State. Askia Booker led Colorado (12-15, 5-10) with 14 points but needed 16 shots to do so. The Buffaloes shot 38.5 percent from the floor and 2-of-9 from 3-point range.
Final Score: (13) Utah 83, Arizona State 41
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Delon Wright scored 12 points and the 13th-ranked Utah Utes bounced back with an 83-41 rout of the Arizona State Sun Devils on Thursday. Kenneth Ogbe added 11 points for the Utes (22-5, 12-3 Pac-12), who looked sharp after Sunday's 69-58 loss at Oregon. Chris Reyes and Dakarai Tucker each tallied nine points. Utah will bring an 18-game home winning streak into Saturday's showdown with No. 7 Arizona. The Wildcats beat the Utes 69-51 on Jan. 17. Gerry Blakes and Willie Atwood each had 12 points for the Sun Devils (15-13, 7-8), who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: (21) SMU 66, Memphis 57
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Nic Moore scored 16 points and No. 21 SMU pulled away for a 66-57 win over Memphis on Thursday night to retake sole possession of first place in the American Athletic Conference. Yanick Moreira and Ryan Manuel added 11 points apiece for the Mustangs (23-5, 14-2 AAC), who have won five in a row and 21 of their last 23 games. They lead Tulsa by a half-game atop the conference standings. Shaq Goodwin had 17 points and Nick King scored 14 for Memphis (17-11, 9-6), which had a three-game winning streak snapped.