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Gonzaga snaps Saint Mary's perfect WCC record

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Gonzaga snaps Saint Mary's perfect WCC record

BOX SCORESPOKANE -- Gonzaga was blown out last month in its first game against No. 16 Saint Mary's, and center Rob Sacre said the Bulldogs did not want that to happen again."We played our game, our tempo," Sacre said Thursday night after Gonzaga beat Saint Marys' 73-59 night to avenge the earlier loss to the West Coast Conference leader.Kevin Pangos scored 27 points for Gonzaga, and Sacre added 12 points and nine rebounds."We were hungry to get back at them," Sacre said of the 83-62 loss to the Gaels on Jan. 12.

The win kept alive the hopes of Gonzaga (19-4, 9-2) to win its 12th consecutive regular season title, the second-longest streak in Division 1 history after UCLA's 13 straight.But the Zags will need somebody to beat Saint Mary's (22-3, 11-1), which saw its 12-game winning streak snapped. Their last loss was Dec. 22 to No. 6 Baylor."I told them before the game, Everybody in the building needs to know who the toughest guys were,'" Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "Our bigs played tough. Our guards played tough."Gary Bell Jr. scored 12 points and Elias Harris had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga, which shot 52 percent while holding Saint Mary's to 38 percent. They dominated the rebounding 40-26.Few was impressed with the play of Pangos and Bell, freshmen guards who both played more than 30 minutes."They have big wills, big hearts," Few said.The game was a back-and-forth battle until the final 13 minutes, when Gonzaga outscored the Gaels 28-14."I think it's always defense," Pangos said of the late rally. "You start runs by getting stops."Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said the rebound difference was a key."They were just more aggressive there," Bennett said. "Eventually that paid off big dividends for them."Matthew Dellavedova had 20 points for Saint Mary's, which was just 5 of 21 from 3-point range.
RELATED: Dellavedova relishing leadership role"For the first 25 minutes, our defense was like good to OK," Dellavedova said. "But we broke down and they were getting lots of penetration and hitting a lot of open 3s."Gonzaga was 7 of 15 on 3s.Trailing by three points at halftime, Saint Mary's opened the second half with a 9-4 run to take a 40-38 lead. But consecutive 3-pointers by Pangos and Bell put Gonzaga ahead 44-40.The teams traded baskets until Pangos hit a 3-pointer with 8 minutes left to extend Gonzaga's lead to 56-49. Bell added another 3 a minute later and Gonzaga led 59-49.After two free throws by Dellavedova, Pangos hit his fifth 3-pointer in as many attempts for a 62-51 lead with 6 minutes left.Gonzaga jumped to a 14-8 lead, but Brad Waldow's basket put Saint Mary's up 17-16 with 10 minutes left. Pangos hit two 3-pointers as Gonzaga built a 26-21 lead.Dellavedova scored six points as Saint Mary's got within 30-29, but baskets by Sacre and Pangos staked Gonzaga to a 34-31 halftime lead.Gonzaga has won or shared the WCC regular season title every year since 2000-01.Gonzaga is 101-7 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.

Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal

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Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal

BOX SCORE

PALO ALTO — Bryce Love rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown despite missing most of the fourth quarter after aggravating an ankle injury, and No. 20 Stanford held off California 17-14 on Saturday to keep its Pac-12 title hopes alive.

K.J. Costello completed 17 of 26 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown, Ben Edwards made a key interception in the fourth quarter and Cameron Scarlett rushed for 49 yards on the final drive in place of Love to help the Cardinal (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12) milk the clock and win its eighth straight Big Game.

Stanford can earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game against USC but needs some help.

The Cardinal can get there if No. 15 Washington State loses to No. 16 Washington next week. If the Cougars — who beat Stanford 24-21 on Nov. 4 — beat the Huskies, they get the nod because of the tiebreaker.

The nation's leading rusher going into the game, Love was held in check most of the game by Cal's defense and sat out the final 11:43 after re-injuring his ankle that has bothered him for the past month. He did stay on the field long enough to score a 57-yard touchdown — his 11th run of 50 yards or longer this season.

Scarlett, Love's primary backup all season, also came up big for Stanford. Scarlett rushed for 61 yards, the majority coming on the Cardinal's last drive that took the final 7:25. Scarlett's 2-yard gain on 4th-and-1 kept the drive going.

Patrick Laird ran for 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while Ross Bowers passed for 182 yards and a touchdown for California. The Golden Bears (5-6, 2-6) need a win in their final game to become bowl eligible in coach Justin Wilcox's first season.

THE TAKEAWAY

California: The Bears made the Cardinal sweat and kept the game a lot closer than many thought possible. Wilcox's defense did a good job bottling up Love most of the game but couldn't stop Scarlett on the final drive which was huge. Still, there are plenty of positives for Cal to take out of this one.

Stanford: It wasn't the best game for David Shaw's team but the Cardinal gritted it out and held off a pesky Cal team that had plenty to play for. The conference title can still happen but before that Stanford has a pretty big game coming up against Notre Dame.

UP NEXT

California: Ends the regular season at UCLA on Saturday.

Stanford: The Cardinal stay home and will host No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday. Stanford has won the last two and six of last eight against the Irish.

Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

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Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New Orleans Saints say running back Daniel Lasco has feelings in his extremities after suffering a spinal injury making a tackle on a kickoff return during today's game at Buffalo.

Lasco was loaded into an ambulance on the field and taken to a hospital.

He was hurt six minutes into the second quarter when he appeared to lower his head while tackling Bills returner Brandon Tate. 

Lasco played four seasons at the University of California, Berkeley. He gained 1,471 yards from scrimmage with 14 touchdowns his junior year. In 2015 as a senior, Lasco was limited to nine games and only totaled 355 yards. 

The Saints selected Lasco in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report