UCLA cancels game with Montana because of wildfires
Updated 12:53 am, Thursday, December 7, 2017
UCLA canceled its men’s basketball game against Montana, scheduled for Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion, because of concerns related to the nearby wildfires.
“The health and safety of student-athletes, staff and fans is our top priority,” read a statement released by the school.
All team workouts and practices scheduled for Wednesday also were canceled. UCLA had planned an early-morning football practice in preparation for the Cactus Bowl against Kansas State on Dec. 26 at Chase Field in Phoenix. That was tentatively rescheduled for Thursday morning.
UCLA’s men’s basketball team is next scheduled to play at Michigan on Saturday.
Huskies pull off stunner
In Kansas City, Mo., Matisse Thybulle hit five three-pointers and scored 19 points and Jaylen Nowell added 15 points as Washington — a 22-point underdog — defeated No. 2 Kansas 74-65. Noah Dickerson added 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Huskies (7-2), who last beat the Jayhawks (7-1) in December 1974.
“We really just didn’t have it tonight. You have to give them credit,” Kansas guard Devonte Graham said. “They made every shot and they did a good job of not letting us get comfortable.”
Lagerald Vick scored 28 points to pace the Jayhawks.
“They took everybody away but Lagerald — ‘See if you can beat us,’” Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “I thought our defense was horrendous and our hustle plays weren’t very good, either.”
Loyola (Chicago) 63, #5 Florida 59: Aundre Jackson scored 23 points and Cameron Krutwig added 14 as the visiting Ramblers (9-1) handed the Gators (5-3) their third consecutive loss. Florida, which shot 36.9 percent from the field, was 2-for-19 from three-point range. “I can’t put a word on it. It’s pretty embarrassing,” Florida guard Jalen Hudson said of the loss. “It’s so embarrassing.”
#11 North Carolina 104, Western Carolina 61: Kenny Williams scored 13 points, Luke Maye added 12 points and 12 rebounds, and the host Tar Heels (9-1) hit 16 three-pointers against the Catamounts (3-7).
#13 Xavier 96, Kent State 70: Trevon Bluiett scored 26 points and the host Musketeers (8-1) took control with an 18-0 run against the Golden Flashes (5-4).
Colorado 75, New Mexico 57: Dominique Collier scored 16 points, McKinley Wright had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and George King added 10 points and 11 rebounds as the host Buffaloes (7-1) defeated the Lobos (3-6).
Idaho 91, Washington State 64: Brayon Blake scored 26 points for the host Vandals (6-2), who built a 49-30 first-half lead and cruised past the Cougars (6-2). Robert Franks scored 16 points to lead Washington State.
#3 Notre Dame 90, Michigan State 59: Arike Ogunbowale scored 23 points and former Stanford guard Lili Thompson had 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the host Irish (8-1), who built a 47-16 halftime lead against the Spartans (5-3).
UC Davis 72, USF 55: Santa Rosa High alum Morgan Bertsch scored 14 points to lead three Aggies in double figures as host UC Davis (8-0) extended the best start in program history by defeating the Dons (3-5). Moa Lundqvist and Veronica Preciado had 10 points apiece to lead USF.
Colorado 70, Colorado State 67: Annika Jank had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Kennedy Leonard added 18 points as the Buffaloes (7-1) slipped past the host Rams (5-3).
Gonzaga 64, Washington State 56: Zykera Rice scored 19 points to lead the visiting Bulldogs (5-3) past the Cougars (5-5), who shot 28 percent from the field. Borislava Hristova scored 13 points for Washington State.