Steven Gray scored 18 points to help Gonzaga hold off a late Portland comeback in a 74-61 victory on Saturday night.
Gray led a balanced scoring attack for Gonzaga (11-5) in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams. Robert Sacre and Mathis Monninghoff scored nine points apiece for the Bulldogs.
Nemanja Mitrovic led Portland (12-4) with 16 points. Eric Waterford had 12 and Luke Sikma added 10 for the Pilots. Portland shot 52.2 percent from the field, made 7 of 12 3-pointers but was doomed by 20 turnovers.
Gonzaga led by as many as 18 points but Portland clawed its way back, trailing by three with 7:13 left.
No. 8 Connecticut 82, at No. 12 Texas 81, OT: Kemba Walker, the nation’s leading scorer, hit a 15-foot jumper with 5 seconds left in overtime to lift the Huskies (12-2) over the Longhorns (12-3).
The Longhorns quickly moved the ball to midcourt before calling a timeout, but freshman Cory Joseph’s juggling 3-pointer after the inbound pass fell well short.
No. 4 Syracuse 61, at Seton Hall 56: Kris Joseph scored 17 points and Brandon Triche had all 15 of his in the second half to lead the Orange (16-0, 3-0 Big East) over the Pirates (7-9, 1-3).
At No. 5 Pittsburgh 89, Marquette 81: Ashton Gibbs scored 19 points and Brad Wanamaker led a first-half surge in which the Panthers (15-1, 3-0 Big East) rapidly opened up a 16-point lead to beat the Golden Eagles (11-5, 2-1).
No. 6 San Diego St. 71, Utah 62: Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points, D.J. Gay hit four 3-pointers in the second half, and the Aztecs (17-0, 2-0 Mountain West) survived a scare from the Utes (7-9, 0-2) to remain undefeated.
At Georgia 77, No. 10 Kentucky 70: Trey Thompkins scored 25 points and the Bulldogs (12-2) upset the Wildcats (12-3), pulling away for their ninth straight win in both teams’ SEC opener.
West Virginia 65, at No. 13 Georgetown 59: Casey Mitchell scored 28 points and the Mountaineers (10-4, 2-2 Big East) forced 18 turnovers, taking advantage of another subpar game from the Hoyas’ (12-4, 1-3) top seniors.
At Oklahoma St. 76, No. 17 Kansas St. 62: Jean-Paul Olukemi scored a career-high 22 points in his Big 12 debut and fueled a big second-half run as the Cowboys (13-2, 1-0) raced past the Wildcats (12-4, 0-1) to knock them off for the second straight year.
At Penn St. 66, No. 18 Michigan St. 62: Andrew Jones had 16 points and Talor Battle hit an off-balance jumper with 18 seconds left to lift Nittany Lions (9-6, 2-2 Big Ten) over the Spartans (10-5, 2-1).
At Houston 76, No. 19 Central Florida 71: Kirk Van Slyke scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half as the Cougars (9-6, 1-1 Conference USA) built a big early lead and held off the Knights (14-1, 1-1).
California 65, at Arizona St. 61: Jorge Gutierrez scored 21 points, Mark Sanders-Frison had a double-double and the Bears (8-7, 1-2 Pac-10) used aggressive rebounding to offset poor shooting in a victory over the Sun Devils (8-7, 1-3).
Stanford-Arizona postponed: The University of Arizona postponed its men’s basketball game against Stanford scheduled for Saturday afternoon in the wake of the shootings of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson.
The game was rescheduled for 11:30 a.m. today.