Okongwu has 14 points, USC beats Fairfield 54-47
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Onyeka Okongwu had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and USC beat Fairfield 54-47 in a first-round game at the Orlando Invitational on Thursday.
Jonah Matthews scored 14 points and Elijah Weaver added 13 for the Trojans (6-1), who rebounded after their season-opening five-game winning streak was snapped in a 70-61 loss to Temple on Nov. 22.
“I thought it was great team defense,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “Our guards played tough, especially against their perimeter shooters.”
Fairfield (1-5) got 16 points from Landon Taliaferro and 13 from Jesus Cruz.
“We fought,” Fairfield coach Jay Young said. “Our offensive execution was terrible. I just didn’t like the pace we were playing. We got to a late shot clock way too many times and the numbers reflect what we were doing in the late shot clock.”
USC overcome an eight-point deficit with 12 minutes left in the first half to take a 25-22 lead at the break.
“I couldn’t understand some of the decisions we made,” Enfield said. “We just weren’t sharp. We probably should have had six or seven more assists but we couldn’t finish.”
Carter lifts Long Beach State past Providence 66-65
ANAHEIM (AP) — Michael Carter III scored six of his career-high 23 points in the final minute as Long Beach State rallied past Providence 66-65 in the Wooden Legacy on Thursday.
LBSU was down by 17 points. Carter sank a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left to pull the 49ers within 64-63 and he was fouled on a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining, making all three free throws to seal the win.
Chance Hunter had 14 points for Long Beach State (3-4). Joshua Morgan added 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Carter hit 9 of 10 free throws.
Luwane Pipkins had 12 points and six rebounds for the Friars (4-3). Alpha Diallo added 11 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
No. 3 Stanford holds off Cal Baptist 83-78 in Victoria
VICTORIA, British Columbia (AP) — Nadia Fingall scored 18 points, Kiana Williams had 15, and Lexie Hull had 13 points and 10 rebounds as No. 3 Stanford held off Cal Baptist 83-78 Thursday night at the Greater Victoria Invitational.
The Cardinal (6-0) built a big lead before the Lancers (7-1) rallied over the final 20 minutes with sharp 3-point shooting.
Ane Olaeta led Cal Baptist with 18 points, Sydney Palma added 17 — while going 4 for 6 from 3-point territory — and Tiena Afu had 14 points.
CBU converted 17 of 40 3-point attempts while the Cardinal were good on just 4 of 23.
“That’s crazy,” Williams said. “We just have to tighten up. We got a lead and then we let it go.”
Williams, who hit some key free throws to secure the win, said her team became complacent. She called the win “a learning experience.”
Cal Baptist served early notice that it might be a contender come NCAA tournament time next spring.
Flynn scores 21 to lift San Diego St. past Creighton 83-52
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Malachi Flynn had 21 points as San Diego State won its seventh consecutive game to open the season, easily defeating Creighton 83-52 in the Las Vegas Invitational on Thursday night.
Matt Mitchell had 16 points for San Diego State (7-0). Yanni Wetzell added 15 points. Jordan Schakel had 13 points for San Diego State.
Mitch Ballock had 12 points for the Bluejays (4-2). Shereef Mitchell added 10 points.
San Diego State plays Iowa and Creighton plays Texas Tech on Friday to conclude the LVI.
US mountain climber Brad Gobright dies in Mexico fall
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Civil defense officials in northern Mexico reported Thursday that California mountain climber Brad Gobright died in a fall.
The fall occurred Wednesday at an almost sheer rock face known as Sendero Luminoso on the El Potrero Chico peak near the northern city of Monterrey.
The Nuevo Leon state civil defense office said Gobright fell about 300 meters (yards).
The publication Rock and Ice described Gobright, 31, as a native of Orange County, California, who was “one of the most accomplished free solo climbers in the world.”
Mexican officials said Gobright was accompanied by another foreign climber when the accident occurred. The civil defense office described the area as “inaccessible.”
In a statement, the office said, “we extend our sympathies and support to the rock climbing community.”