Faisal Aden scored 28 points, and Klay Thompson added 22 as Washington State defeated Fresno State, 66-55, on Friday night.
Aden had 18 of his points in the second half, eight of them during a 14-0 scoring run that helped the Cougars (4-0) erase a seven-point deficit on their way to victory in Fresno, Calif.
Left open on the perimeter by the Bulldogs’ zone defense, Aden finished 6 of 12 from 3-point range.
Garrett Johnson led Fresno State (1-3) with 15 points, and Kevin Olekaibe added 10. A putback by Johnson put the Bulldogs ahead 44-37 with 14:55 remaining, but they then went nearly 9 minutes without scoring.
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Olekaibe stole the ball from Thompson at midcourt and drove for a dunk with 1 second left to put Fresno State 32-31 ahead at halftime.
It was Thompson’s only mistake in an otherwise stellar first half in which he scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
Notre Dame 57, California 44: Carleton Scott had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the Fighting Irish (6-0) held the Golden Bears (3-1) to five points at halftime to move into the Old Spice Classic championship game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Notre Dame will play Wisconsin in the final Sunday.
VCU 89, UCLA 85: Jamie Skeen had 23 points and nine rebounds, and the Rams (4-1) beat the Bruins (3-2) for third place the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York.
TOP 25 MEN
No. 24 Tennessee 78, No. 7 Villanova 68: Tournament MVP Scotty Hopson scored 18 points as the Volunteers (5-0) defeated the Wildcats (5-1) in the championship game of the NIT Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.
At No. 3 Stanford 70, South Carolina 32: Jeanette Pohlen hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points, and Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 10 points and seven rebounds as the Cardinal (4-0) routed the Gamecocks (2-3).
No. 14 North Carolina 93, Washington State 55: Italee Lucas scored 21 points, Jessica Breland added 19, and Chay Shegog had 18 as the Tar Heels (5-0) routed the winless Cougars (0-5).
SOUTH SOUND MEN
Saint Martin’s 77, at Regis 64: Blake Poole scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, and Jeremy Green added 20 points, leading the Saints past the Rangers in Denver.
Poole and Green were a combined 17-for-21 from the field to help Saint Martin’s improve to 5-1.
Lewis-Clark State 91, Evergreen 81: The Geoducks put together a 42-18 run in the second half to close to 86-81 with 56 seconds left before Devon Adams scored on a dunk and stole the inbounds pass to preserve the win for the Warriors.
Mikey Hope led Evergreen with 22 points. Josh Troyer and Marice Tolliver added 15 points each.
South Puget Sound CC 68, at Shoreline 67: Tabrion Leverette had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Travon Young also scored 14 points and William Sharp added 11 points, four rebounds and four assists as the Clippers edged the Dolphins.
SOUTH SOUND WOMEN
Saint Martin’s 71, Montana State-Northern 47: Marelle Moehrle, who played two seasons at Western Washington, returned to Bellingham with a bang, hitting four 3-pointers and scoring 17 points as the Saints (3-2) rolled at the Lynda Goodrich Women’s Basketball Classic. Dara Zack added 13 points, all in the second half.