Pepperdine falls to New Mexico
J.R. Giddens scored a career-high 26 points, Jamaal Smith made eight free throws in the final two minutes and New Mexico held off Pepperdine, 101-96, in the championship game of the Lobo Invitational on Friday night at Albuquerque.
New Mexico (11-3) used the three-point shooting of Giddens and reserve Chad Toppert to beat the Waves (4-11), who lost despite shooting 61% (22 for 36) in the second half and having six players score in double figures.
Chase Griffin had 21 points and Marvin Lea had 19 for Pepperdine.
Akron 92, Loyola Marymount 52 -- Quade Milum and Nate Linhart each scored 12 points and the Zips routed the Lions at Akron, Ohio.
Leading 42-20 at halftime, Nick Dials scored all of his nine points during a 30-12 second-half run to give Akron (8-3) a 72-32 lead with 8:12 left.
Adoyah Miller and Corey Counts each scored eight points for Loyola Marymount (8-7). The Lions have lost five of seven.
UCLA 74, Washington State 71 -- Noelle Quinn scored a game-high 24 points and blocked a three-point attempt at the buzzer to lift the Bruins over the Cougars at Pullman, Wash. Lindsey Pluimer had 15 points for UCLA (8-7, 2-1 Pacific 10), which has won 12 in a row against Washington State (5-8, 1-2).
Washington 76, USC 60 -- Cameo Hicks had 18 points and the Huskies held the Trojans scoreless for more than 10 minutes at Seattle. Washington (10-4, 3-0) won its seventh in a row. Shay Murphy had 17 points for USC (6-7, 0-3).