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College Hoops News for Jan 5th

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Eastern Washington beats Sac State, 87-74
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Junior guard Benny Valentine came off
the bench to score 33 points yesterday as Eastern Washington beat
Sacramento State 87-74.

Adris DeLeon had 17 points and Milan Stanojevic added 12 more
for the Eastern Washington Eagles who made 9-of-20 three-pointers.
Valentine had four treys, four assists and three steals for the

The win improves Eastern's record to 8-7, including 2-1 in the
Big Sky Conference.

Valentine's 16 first-half points led the Eagles to a 46-34
halftime lead.

The Hornets cut the lead to 10 points early in the second half,
but the Eagles came back to build an 18-point lead and never looked
Hot-shooting Portland downs Seattle 71-67
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Robin Smuelders had 22 points and seven
rebounds yesterday to lead Portland to a 71-67 victory over Seattle

Smuelders hit 7-of-8 field-goal attempts and was 8-of-9 from the
foul line. Ethan Niedermeyer added four 3-pointers and scored 14
points for the Pilots (9-6).

Austen Powers led Seattle (8-6) with 28 points and Chris Gweth
added 23.

The Redhawks trailed 30-21 at the half, but rallied to take a
45-43 lead on Gweth's 3-pointer with nine minutes left. The Pilots,
however, regained command and hit 10 free throws in the final 66
seconds to seal the win.

Gweth and Powers combined to shoot 10-of-15 from 3-point range.
Vs. teams from California
SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington and Washington State men's and
women's basketball teams take on teams from California this week.

On Saturday, Washington's teams swept the Cougars.

The Husky men beat Washington State 68-48, breaking a seven-game
losing streak against the Cougars.

And the Washington women beat their cross-state rival 71-58.

The Washington men's team has home games against Stanford on
Thursday and California on Saturday, while the Husky women play at
Stanford on Thursday.

The Washington State men are at home in Pullman against
California on Thursday and Stanford on Saturday. And the Cougar
women will be in the Golden State to play California on Thursday
and Stanford on Saturday.
Up next: Tennessee

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Gonzaga men's basketball team is
reeling from a three-game losing streak, and things don't get any
easier this week. The Bulldogs have a game at No. 14 Tennessee on
Wednesday that will be televised on ESPN.

The Zags' next home game is Saturday against Portland.
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