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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) \u2014 Once Stanford got its defense going, the offense followed.

Michael Humphrey had 21 points and Marcus Allen added 12 to lead Stanford to a 62-46 victory Thursday night over Oregon State, keeping the Beavers winless in Pac-12 conference play.

The Cardinal (11-8, 3-4) overcame a slow start for their third straight win after a pair of victories at home last week against the league's Washington schools.

\"We didn't start the way we wanted to and coach kind of got into us in one of those timeouts,\" Humphrey said. \"We knew we weren't playing the way we needed to. It started with getting a few stops that turned into buckets offensively, and that kind of turned the table for us right there.\"

Stephen Thompson Jr. led the Beavers (4-15, 0-6) with 15 points. Oregon State, which trailed by as many as 17 points late after jumping out to an early nine-point lead, has lost six straight games.

\"Our guys really showed a lot of focus and came out and got after it. Then unfortunately what's happened a bunch this year is we got off page, got off the page offensively in the first half and couldn't score for a while because we went away from what was working,\" Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said.

The Cardinal were without Reid Travis, the team's top scorer and rebounder with averages of 16.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Reid injured his right shoulder in Stanford's 76-69 victory over Washington last Saturday. He had missed the previous two games with a similar injury.

The Beavers have struggled without top scorer Tres Tinkle, who was averaging 20.2 points a game before he broke his right wrist on Nov. 25 against Fresno State. Tinkle has missed 13 games.

But Oregon State did have forward Drew Eubanks, who was a game-time decision because of a thigh injury. Eubanks was averaging 14.6 points going in. He finished with eight points against Stanford.

Coach Tinkle tweaked his starting lineup, giving sophomore Gligorije Ravocevic his first career start. Ravocevic replaced Matt Dahlen, who had started the last 10 games.

At least at the start, the Beavers had spark, going up 16-7 on three consecutive 3-pointers \u2014 two by Thompson and a third by JaQuori McLaughlin. Thompson hit another 3 to give Oregon State a 19-11 lead.

But Stanford closed the gap, pulling within 20-17 on Marcus Sheffield's jumper with a little more than five minutes left before the break.

Humphrey's dunk got Stanford within 25-23, and Allen's layup tied it. Humphrey made two free throws to give the Cardinal a 27-25 halftime lead.

Sheffield's 3-pointer made it 37-32 with 12:35 left as the Cardinal began to pull away. Humphrey's layup stretched the lead to 45-36 with 8:20 left.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: The Cardinal had won six of the previous eight meetings with Oregon State.

Oregon State: The Beavers have been hurt by injuries this season. Players have missed more than 40 games, including center Cheikh N'diaye, who has missed 10 games and is out indefinitely with an injured left shoulder.

ALLEN'S IMPACT:

Allen, a senior, was making his 15th start of the season. He was coming off a similarly strong performance against Washington, when he had a season-high 15 points.

\"Marcus Allen's been great, he's been a consistent defender for us all year and offensively he's continuing to make the right reads, knowing when to penetrate and when to shoot,\" coach Jerrod Haase said. \"He's certainly been a stabilizing for us.\"

UP NEXT

Stanford: The Cardinal visit No. 11 Oregon on Saturday. The Ducks defeated California 86-63 on Thursday, but preseason All-America forward Dillon Brooks injured his lower left leg late in the first half and did not return.

\"It's an opportunity to compete. I think our guys really embrace the idea of continuing to work to get better. We understand they're a fantastic team, it's a great environment, the whole bit,\" Haase said. \"But it's another opportunity for our team to grow and develop, and we're excited about it.\"

Oregon State: The Beavers host the Golden Bears on Saturday night.

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MIAMI (AP) \u2014 Goran Dragic has already been mentioned in trade rumors, and it's quite reasonable to think that will continue over the next few weeks.

His opinion on all that is clear: He wants to stay in Miami for a long time.

And the way he's playing now, the Heat probably aren't eager to lose their point guard.

In a season filled with problems for the Heat, this is at least a nice problem to have. Dragic's stock may be rising on that trade market, in concert with him getting more and more comfortable being a leader in Miami. He had 32 points Thursday in Miami's 99-95 win over Dallas, shooting 11 for 15 and knocking down all four of his 3-point tries.

\"He's improved and I don't know if anybody's noticed,\" Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. \"He's worked so much on his game \u2014 first, which is most important for us, defensively. He's really taking pride in defending pick and rolls, challenging shots, rebounding the ball better.

\"Guys want him to step up and lead. The last couple years, it's been a little uncomfortable for him. Now he's stepping up and saying a whole lot more.\"

Sometimes, he even has too much to say for Spoelstra's liking.

At 13-30, this has not been an easy season for Miami and Dragic has taken losses hard. It not unusual for him to text Spoelstra in the wee hours after tough games, talking about things he could do better. Spoelstra's usual answer to those middle-of-the-night messages is something akin to \"go to bed, we have practice tomorrow.\"

Dragic had 22 of his 32 in the second half on Thursday, one of the reasons why Miami rallied from a halftime deficit for only the third time all season.

\"His game has evolved so much now, not just the 3-ball, but his ability to put the ball on the floor and hit midge range pull-ups,\" Spoelstra said. \"Those are the kind of shots that keep a defense honest.\"

Spoelstra was a point guard in college, and he's forged quite a relationship with his current point guard. Dragic was particularly moved when Spoelstra headed to Slovenia to spend time with him over the summer, and they're closer now than ever.

That's another reason why he wants to stay put.

\"I had to evolve in my role,\" Dragic said. \"I've never had these kind of coaches who are communicating, texting, calling. I was a little uncomfortable in the beginning. Right now, I've opened up a little bit.\"

He's had to become a leader, out of necessity.

When Dragic came to the Heat in a trade two years ago, Dwyane Wade was the star guard, Chris Bosh was the big man that everything was built around. Wade is in Chicago now; Bosh has a locker still in Miami, but his playing days with the Heat are over because of his health struggles. And while Udonis Haslem is the 14-year Heat veteran and Hassan Whiteside leads the NBA in rebounds, it has become Dragic's team in many respects.

\"Goran is Goran,\" Heat rookie Rodney McGruder said. \"He's going to play. He's a great guy and a great teammate. That's what I like most about him, he's a great teammate. He's a heck of a player, too.\"

Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki put it more succinctly.

\"He's tough,\" Nowitzki said.

Dragic is averaging 21.5 points and shooting 52 percent over his last eight games. He's shooting 41 percent from 3-point range, which would be a career high if he stays there. He's under contract for three more years, though his average salary of $17 million makes him almost seem like a bargain starter in this NBA.

\"I'm just doing my job,\" Dragic said. \"Like I've mentioned many, many times, I feel really good here. The city is awesome. Fans, great. The organization is the top organization in the league. My family, they're feeling amazing. So, of course I want to stay here. But the only thing I can do is play basketball. That's what I'm focused on.\"

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Karl-Anthony Towns knows he needs to have more nights like this one if he's going to reach his goal of greatness.

Towns scored 37 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 45 seconds left, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the injury-depleted Clippers 104-101 on Thursday night to stop Los Angeles' seven-game winning streak.

\"I just took what the defense gave me,\" Towns said. \"I just tried to make shots, even if they were hard. I put all my will, my passion, my determination at the end of the game and put it on the line. If you want to be great in this game you've got to be willing to take those kinds of shots.\"

Towns, who scored 27 in the second half and 15 in the final quarter, benefited from the Clippers playing a smaller lineup, mainly because the Timberwolves countered with a lineup that included guards Kris Dunn, Tyus Jones and Zach LaVine.

\"He got better spacing in the second half,\" Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeaux said of Towns. \"Part of that was playing smaller, with more shooting. It opened things up for him.

\"The depth where he was catching the ball was a big plus. Then he got into a rhythm, and hit the 3, and mixed his game up pretty well.\"

Andrew Wiggins added 27 points, including two free throws with five seconds left that helped Minnesota snap its six-game road losing streak.

DeAndre Jordan had a career-high 29 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Clippers, but was unable to make enough free throws down the stretch to keep his team in front.

\"Karl Towns played so well it overshadows what DJ did,\" said Austin Rivers, who scored 20 points for Los Angeles. \"But DJ had a heck of a night. Sixteen rebounds and 29 points. You can't ask him to do any more. DJ did his part.\"

The Clippers, now 7-1 in 2017, played without star point guard Chris Paul, who tore a ligament in his left thumb Monday during a 120-98 victory over Oklahoma City.

Paul underwent surgery Wednesday and is expected to be out six to eight weeks.

\"There are a lot of things CP can do that Ray and I just can't do,\" Rivers said. \"We just have to be ourselves and play hard. I think our effort can outweigh things. We're undermanned. We've got to play harder than everybody else.\"

Los Angeles is still missing star forward Blake Griffin due to injury as well. He is expected back in a week or two.

\"I thought we stopped playing downhill in the fourth quarter,\" Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. \"There might have been a little fatigue there in the fourth.\"

Minnesota pulled to 97-96 when Towns sank a 3-pointer with 2:48 to play.

At the other end, the Timberwolves hacked Jordan repeatedly, looking to take advantage of his poor foul shooting. The big man went 4 of 8 from the line over five possessions, setting the stage for Towns to drain a jumper from the left elbow that tied it at 98 with 2:28 to go.

After Jordan made one of two again, Wiggins missed from the outside and Jamal Crawford hit a 14-footer with 1:28 left for a 101-98 Los Angeles lead.

Towns answered with a short jumper to pull Minnesota to 101-100 with 1:12 remaining.

Crawford missed a short jumper before Towns hit an 18-footer with 45 seconds left to put the Timberwolves up 102-101.

After J.J. Redick missed a 3-pointer from the right side, Wiggins grabbed an offensive rebound at the other end and made two free throws to put Minnesota up by three.

Redick and Crawford missed long 3-point attempts in the final four seconds.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: At one point in the fourth quarter, the T-Wolves fielded a lineup of LaVine, Wiggins, Towns, Jones and Dunn, in which the 21-year-old rookie Dunn was the oldest player on the floor. ... This was the first road victory for the Timberwolves since they beat Atlanta on Dec. 21. They won despite allowing the Clippers 60 points in the paint.

Clippers: Los Angeles shot 48 percent from the field but went 4 of 22 on 3-pointers. ... The 7-0 mark tied the franchise record to start a calendar year. The team was also 7-0 to begin 1974 when the franchise was located in Buffalo. ... The Clippers play 10 of their next 11 on the road. They open a five-game trip in Denver on Friday night, return home to play Golden State on Feb. 2 and then set out on another five-game swing.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Home against Denver on Sunday night.

Clippers: At the Nuggets on Friday night.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Like any shooter in a slump, Isaac Hamilton just kept putting the ball up, figuring it would eventually go in.

Did it ever.

The senior guard scored 33 points \u2014 three off his career best \u2014 and hit a career-high nine 3-pointers to help No. 3 UCLA rout Arizona State 102-80 on Thursday night.

The Bruins improved to 11-0 at home.

The performance left Hamilton speechless. He cut his tongue in the game and needed stitches afterward, leaving him unavailable to talk to media.

\"He's back,\" guard Lonzo Ball said. \"I like playing with him like that.\"

The Bruins (19-1, 6-1 Pac-12) made 16 3-pointers and shot 60 percent from the field.

Last year if Hamilton wasn't hitting, the Bruins found it hard to recover on their way to a losing season.

Now, the team is loaded with offensive threats who can pick up the slack for him.

\"He gained a lot of confidence in that and he got it rolling,\" UCLA coach Steve Alford said. \"The guys did a good job of finding him. That's what makes us hard to guard. We can make shots a variety of different ways.\"

The Bruins led by 25 points in the first half and were up by 16 early in the second before the Sun Devils (9-10, 2-4) got within single digits in the matchup of the league's top two scoring and 3-point shooting teams.

\"We started slow but fought back,\" said Torian Graham, who led Arizona State with 26 points. \"We overcame adversity and I think we showed we can play with anybody. After we cut it to seven, we didn't get stops and they got a lot of open looks. They're very good in transition and that was the difference.\"

TJ Leaf added 19 points and nine rebounds, and Ball had 10 points and 12 assists for the Bruins.

\"It's always good to see Isaac shoot well,\" said Aaron Holiday, who added 13 points. \"That's a big part of his game and I'm glad he finally got it going.\"

Tra Holder tied his career-high with 22 points for Arizona State, which has lost seven straight road games to UCLA. The Sun Devils hit 11 3-pointers, including six by Graham.

Graham scored 10 of Arizona State's first 22 points in the second half to close to 68-61.

The Bruins' offense kicked in and they ran off 14 straight points to go up 82-61. Holiday scored eight points, including two 3-pointers, in the spurt.

\"It was cool to come back on them, but I didn't get the result I wanted,\" Holder said. \"We gave up too many easy baskets. They are a fast team and they score before you know it. The game should not have ended like it did. We cut it to seven, but then they went to a zone and we got all discombobulated.\"

The Sun Devils dropped their third straight and fourth in five games.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona St.: The Sun Devils play at Southern California before returning home to face the Washington schools. After that, they have a road game against No. 11 Oregon and will face the Bruins once more in February.

UCLA: The Bruins again built a big lead only to see it dwindle to single digits, a habit that has dogged them at times this season. \"We got to start picking things up and stop having those 10 minutes where we don't do too much,\" Ball said.

TIDBITS

Arizona St.: Holder joined the 1,000-point club with 1,005 in his first three years.

UCLA: The Bruins had 30 assists for the first time since Feb. 23, 1995, when they had 32 in a win over California. ... They have six players averaging double-figure scoring. ... UCLA's 19-1 start is its best since going 21-1 to begin the 1991-92 season.

UP NEXT

Arizona St.: Visits Southern California on Sunday to end a stretch of playing five of its first seven Pac-12 games on the road.

UCLA: Hosts No. 14 Arizona on Saturday in game featuring the Bruins' No. 1 offense in the Pac-12 against the Wildcats' No. 1 defense.

___

More AP college basketball coverage: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25

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CLEVELAND (AP) \u2014 Kyrie Irving scored 26 points, All-Star teammate LeBron James had 21 points and 15 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked more like themselves at home in a 118-103 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.

The Cavs were back in Quicken Loans Arena following a six-game road trip (their longest of the season) that concluded with an embarrassing 35-point loss at Golden State. But on their home floor, they had better offensive balance and ball movement while improving to 30-11 \u2014 the same record Cleveland had at the halfway point of its 2016 NBA championship season.

Channing Frye scored 18, Iman Shumpert 17 and James Jones 14 while filling in for star forward Kevin Love, still bothered by back spasms.

Tyson Chandler had 22 points and 16 rebounds, but the Suns lost for the fourth time in five games.

WIZARDS 113, KNICKS 110

NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 John Wall had 29 points and 13 assists, scoring Washington's final four points in the last 32 seconds as the surging Wizards beat New York.

Otto Porter Jr. made six 3-pointers for the second straight night and added 23 points, but the Wizards needed big plays from Wall down the stretch to win their fourth in a row.

He made two free throws to put Washington back on top after New York had rallied to take a 110-109 lead, then rebounded Carmelo Anthony's miss and left all the Knicks in his dust as he raced down the floor for a dunk with 13.7 seconds to play.

Anthony finished with 34 points but Wall stole the ball from Brandon Jennings to prevent the Knicks from attempting a 3-pointer that could have tied it.

HEAT 99, MAVERICKS 95

MIAMI (AP) \u2014 Goran Dragic had 32 points, Tyler Johnson scored 10 of his 23 in the fourth quarter and Miami topped Dallas.

Dragic shot 11 for 15 from the field and 4 of 4 from 3-point range. He also got a big offensive rebound in the final minute to extend a possession, and Johnson made a pair of free throws with 29.9 seconds left to give Miami an eight-point lead.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points for Dallas, which had its season-best three-game winning streak snapped. The Mavericks went 1 for 8 from the field during a late stretch of the fourth quarter and never got the lead again.

SPURS 118, NUGGETS 104

SAN ANTONIO (AP) \u2014 Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points, rookie Dejounte Murray added a season-high 24 and short-handed San Antonio overcame a pregame injury to Pau Gasol.

Denver's three-game winning streak was snapped despite a career-high 35 points from Nikola Jokic.

Leonard had his fifth straight 30-point performance, right after learning he will start for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game for the second consecutive season.

The Spurs were unexpectedly without Gasol, Tony Parker and then coach Gregg Popovich. Gasol and Parker were both late scratches due to injury, and Popovich was ejected for the first time this season.

Gasol broke the ring finger on his left (non-shooting) hand when he jammed it against Kyle Anderson's shoulder during pregame warmups while attempting a running hook. The veteran center immediately clutched his hand and left the court.

X-rays revealed the break, and the Spurs said there is no timeline for Gasol's return.

Murray started in place of Parker, who sat out with a sprained left foot.

TIMBERWOLVES 104, CLIPPERS 101

LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Karl-Anthony Towns scored 37 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 45 seconds left, and Minnesota beat injury-depleted Los Angeles to stop its seven-game winning streak.

Andrew Wiggins added 27 points, including two free throws with five seconds left that helped Minnesota snap its six-game road losing streak.

DeAndre Jordan had 29 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Clippers, but was unable to make enough free throws down the stretch to keep his team in front. Austin Rivers added 20 points for Los Angeles, which dropped to 7-1 in 2017.

The Clippers played without two injured stars, point guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin. Paul is expected to miss six to eight weeks, but Griffin could be back in a week or two.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) \u2014 Coming off a big win in a showdown with rival Saint Mary's, No. 4 Gonzaga could have been in for a bit of a letdown.

Seeing another frenzied crowd hoping for an upset was more than enough to keep the Bulldogs on their game.

Przemek Karnowski scored 19 points on just seven shots from the field and Gonzaga remained the only undefeated team in Division I with an 88-57 victory over Santa Clara on Thursday night.

\"I've been here for five years and basically wherever you go it's the biggest game of the season, in the conference at least,\" Karnowski said. \"We have to be prepared for that. Their crowd was really into it. We came out focused and I liked our intensity.\"

Karnowski made six shots against the undersized Broncos and added seven more points from the free throw line to help the Bulldogs (18-0, 6-0 West Coast Conference) extend the best start in school history with another lopsided win.

Zach Collins had 16 points and Nigel Williams-Goss added 11 points and 10 rebounds in Gonzaga's 11th straight double-digit win.

\"Every game they come out ready to go,\" coach Mark Few said. \"They come out with energy, effort, and attention to detail has been really good. They're a mature group.\"

Jared Brownridge scored 23 points to lead the Broncos (10-10, 4-3) but got little help from his teammates as Santa Clara dropped its 13th straight to Gonzaga and 37th in the past 39 meetings.

\"We just were stagnant on the offensive end \u2014 it had everything to do with us,\" Brownridge said. \"They're a great team, there's no argument about it. Tonight's game had to do with us.\"

Gonzaga scored 13 straight points midway through the first half to open a 20-point lead and never looked back as Santa Clara struggled to get open shots and couldn't keep the Bulldogs out of the paint.

Brownridge keyed a 15-5 run early in the second half that cut a 21-point lead to 11 but the Bulldogs quickly built the lead back to 20 and coasted to the win.

BIG PICTURE

Gonzaga: After easily passing their first true test in conference play with a 23-point win over then-No. 21 Saint Mary's on Saturday, the Bulldogs avoided a letdown by building the big early lead. There don't figure to be many tough tests the rest of the regular season outside of a return trip to Saint Mary's next month so the main task for Gonzaga will be to maintain their intensity before for the tournaments in March.

Santa Clara: The Broncos came into the game having won four of five but it was a different level of competition this game. They missed 14 of their first 18 shots \u2014 with six air balls \u2014 and never had a chance at the upset. They struggled to get any consistent offense outside of Brownridge and were overmatched inside in coach Herb Sendek's first game against the class of the WCC.

DEFENDING BROWNRIDGE

Brownridge moved into seventh place on the WCC all-time scoring list with 2,079 points, jumping ahead of Loyola Marymount's Forrest McKenzie. He made six 3-pointers but Few was happy with the overall defensive effort.

\"Brownridge is an unbelievable player and he's unbelievably gifted coming off those pin-downs and finding his shots,\" Few said. \"I thought we did a nice job, mixed up the coverages and made it hard, not just on him, but everyone else.\"

LIVING AT THE LINE

Santa Clara committed six fouls in the first 4:13 of the second half and Gonzaga lived at the free throw line from there. The Bulldogs shot 18 for 23 from the line in the second half as they repeatedly fed Karnowski and Collins inside.

\"They were in the double bonus early in the second half so we tried to take advantage of that and tried to go inside and pin fouls on them,\" Karnowski said.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A lopsided win over an overmatched opponent should do little to change the ranking for the Bulldogs in the AP poll .

UP NEXT

Gonzaga: Hosts Portland on Saturday.

Santa Clara: Hosts Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

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More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

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MORAGA, Calif. (AP) \u2014 Calvin Hermanson figured he and his teammates would get plenty of opportunities from the perimeter with Pacific continually closing down on Saint Mary's center Jock Landale in the post.

One of the Gaels' top 3-point shooters, Hermanson took full advantage while leading an offensive onslaught from beyond the arc.

Hermanson scored seven of his 17 points as part of a big run in the second half to go with four 3-pointers, and No. 23 Saint Mary's pulled away to beat Pacific 62-50 on Thursday night.

\"It was a crazy game where they really were heavy converge,\" Hermanson said. \"They would double Jock and come on our penetrations. We did a great job of moving the ball around, kicking out and finding the open man. When we do that we feel like we get a great rhythm and shots go down.\"

Landale added 10 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double this season while Joe Rahon had nine points and nine assists for Saint Mary's, which has won 10 of 11.

The Gaels (16-2, 6-1 West Coast Conference) let most of a 19-point lead slip away and were up 35-30 early in the second half before Hermanson sparked a 17-4 run. Landale had four points during the run while Tanner Krebbs made two of his three 3-pointers.

Even then Saint Mary's struggled to close the game out, leaving coach Randy Bennett with mixed emotions.

\"I have a funny feeling on a game like that,\" Bennett said. \"We won against a team that's good, experienced, physical. I felt good about that. We just were inconsistent. They made it tough for us to score, mixing defenses.\"

T.J. Wallace scored 13 points for Pacific. The Tigers (8-12, 2-5) have lost eight straight and 10 of 11 in the series between the schools.

Saint Mary's finished with 13 3-pointers, one shy of its season high and three more than the Gaels had from inside the arc.

\"Saint Mary's is like Floyd Mayweather,\" Pacific coach Damon Stoudamire said. \"They're a counterpuncher. They wait until somebody makes a mistake, then they capitalize.\"

Saint Mary's shot well early from the perimeter and had no problem after adjusting to Pacific's zone while building a 30-11 lead with 6:40 left in the first half. Seven of the Gaels' first 12 made baskets came from beyond the arc. Hermanson had two while Emmett Naar added one from 30 feet.

BIG PICTURE

Pacific: The Tigers put up a good fight for 24 minutes and continued to chip away at the Gaels' big lead even as the outcome was clear. That's a good sign for Stoudamire's young team, which fell to 0-3 against Top 25 teams this season.

Saint Mary's: The Gaels bounced back nicely after getting blown out last week by No. 4 Gonzaga. As usual, it was the defense that paved the way. Saint Mary's held Pacific 19 points below their season average of 69.1 points. The Gaels had 19 assists on 23 baskets.

NO DEPTH

Bennett praised the job that Stoudamire has done in his first season at Pacific despite the below-.500 record. The Tigers' biggest problem has been a lack of depth and scoring balance. Four players reached double figures against the Gaels but no one else scored more than two points.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Gaels dropped four spots after losing to Gonzaga but are in line to move back up after losses by No. 15 Notre Dame, No. 19 Florida and No. 22 Xavier this week. It all depends if Bennett's club can hold serve against Pepperdine this weekend.

UP NEXT

Pacific: Returns to Stockton to host BYU on Saturday.

Saint Mary's: Hosts Pepperdine on Saturday night. The Gaels have lost three of the lost four against the Waves following a 17-game winning streak in the series.

___

More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25.

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HOUSTON (AP) \u2014 KJ Lawson had career highs with 28 points and 16 rebounds, Dedric Lawson had 18 points and 10 boards and Memphis beat Houston 70-67 in overtime Thursday night.

Lawson made a pair of free throws 19 seconds into overtime and Memphis (14-5, 4-2 American Athletic) never trailed again. Houston shot 1 for 5 from the field, committed three turnovers and three fouls in the extra session.

Houston (13-6, 4-3) tied the game at 64 on Danrad Knowles' layup with three seconds left in regulation. Jeremiah Martin missed a 3-point heave with two seconds left.

Martin converted a 3-point play after being fouled by Galen Robinson Jr. on a layup with 12 seconds left for a 64-62 Memphis lead. Martin finished with 10 points.

Rob Gray Jr. led Houston with 21 points, Damyean Dotson had 14, and Knowles contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars.

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