Cardinal beat ASU 38-14 in Pac-12 title game
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tyler Gaffney ran for 133 yards and scored three touchdowns in a dominating first half, leading No. 7 Stanford back to the Rose Bowl with a 38-14 victory over No. 11 Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game Saturday night.
Stanford (11-2) raced out to a big lead in its first game with Arizona State this season and had its way with the Sun Devils again early in the rematch, building a 28-7 lead early in the second quarter. Gaffney did most of the damage, scoring on a 69-yard run on the Cardinal's second play and a pair of 1-yard runs.
Stanford consistently gouged Arizona State for big plays, racking up 517 yards to earn a shot at repeating as Rose Bowl champion.
Arizona State (10-3) stumbled early for the second straight game against the Cardinal and never really recovered to spoil its Rose Bowl hopes.
McConnell, No. 2 Wildcats escape UNLV, 63-58
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - T.J. McConnell had 13 points, six assists and seven rebounds, making critical plays down the stretch, and No. 2 Arizona escaped with a 63-58 victory over UNLV on Saturday.
Brandon Ashley also had 13 points, and Nick Johnson and Kaleb Tarczewski added 12 apiece for the Wildcats. However, Johnson shot just 4 for 15.
Bryce DeJean-Jones scored 16 points, Khem Birch had 12 and Roscoe Smith 10 for the Rebels (3-4) in their first road game of the season.
The Wildcats (9-0) have a shot at moving to the top of the rankings after No. 1 Michigan State lost to North Carolina.
But they were challenged all day by UNLV in a game that had 18 lead changes and neither team led by more than six.
Hawaii's good second half upends NAU 76-66
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Garrett Nevels led Hawaii with 24 points and they bested NAU 76-66 on Saturday night.
The score was even at 25 at intermission with Hawaii_averaging 87 points per game- making up for a rebound disadvantage (17-13) by forcing ten NAU turnovers.
Both teams opened aggressively in the second half with 21 points scored in the first 3 minutes. By the time play relaxed, Hawaii led 45-37 following a pair of Nevels jumpers and Davis Rozitis layups.
The Warriors (6-2) maintained that margin over the next six minutes before opening a 17-point lead with 4:54 remaining. The Lumberjacks (2-7) closed the gap to eight, but Hawaii's Keith Shamburger went 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the final two minutes to preserve the win.
Hawaii also posted 14 steals and 6 blocked shots.
Galellan Bewernick scored 20 NAU points and the Lumberjacks have now lost 4 straight.
NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Bareback rider Steven Peebles won for the second straight round in the National Finals Rodeo, scoring 85.5 points on Cool Water on Saturday night.
Peebles, from Redmond, Ore., has moved from eighth to fourth in the season standings with $119,060.
Defending season champion Kaycee Feild of Spanish Fork, Utah, who took over first place on Friday night, remained in first despite finishing outside the six money positions with a 78.5 on Special Delivery.
Feild, seeking his third consecutive title, has earned $140,307. Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., remained second with $137,305 by placing third with an 81.5 on Make Up Face. Mote is seeking his fifth gold buckle.
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