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(AP) - Washington State coach Mike Leach says there were no outward signs that would have alarmed coaches or teammates before Tyler Hilinski took his own life. Leach spoke extensively about Hilinski's death for the first time a day after an emotional vigil on the Washington State campus. Hilinski died earlier this week due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was the Cougars' presumptive starting quarterback next season.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Zach Norvell Jr. scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and No. 13 Gonzaga bounced back from its first conference loss of the season to beat Santa Clara 75-60. Josh Perkins added 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting and Rui Hachimura scored 16 points and Killian Tillie had 12. Johnathan Williams had nine points and eight boards for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs had trouble shaking the pesky Broncos two days after a 74-71 home loss to Saint Mary's that ended Gonzaga's six-game winning streak.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Elijah Stewart had 18 points and the USC Trojans won their fourth straight with a 74-67 victory over Oregon State. Jordan Usher added 14 points for USC, who have won four straight in the series against the Beavers.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Damian Lillard hit his first nine shots _ including seven 3-pointers _ en route to 31 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-108. Lillard shot 10 of 15 from the floor and handed out nine assists. . CJ McCollum added 26 points for Portland, which won its third straight game overall and season-best sixth straight at home. Portland tied a season high by making 18 3-pointers. Six Blazers hit at least two shots from behind the arc.
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