Rick Majerus, the jovial coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday. He was 64.

Utah industrialist Jon Huntsman, the coach's longtime friend, confirmed in a statement released through The Salt Lake Tribune that Majerus died of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital. The coach had been hospitalized there for several months.

Players remembered Majerus, who got his start as a longtime assistant under Al McGuire at Marquette, as a coach who was exacting and perhaps a bit unorthodox at times but always fair.

"A lot of people questioned the way he did things, but I loved it," Saint Louis guard Kyle Cassity said. "He'd be hard as hell on you, but he really cared."

The school announced Nov. 19 that Majerus wouldn't return to Saint Louis because of the heart condition.

He ended the school's 12-year NCAA tournament drought last season and bounced back from his only losing season, with a team that won its opening game and took top regional seed Michigan State to the wire.

The Billikens were ranked for the first time since 1994-95.

Majerus was undergoing evaluation and treatment in California for the ongoing heart trouble, and the school announced he was on leave in late August.

"That's a tough one for me," Boston coach Doc Rivers, a former Marquette star, said after the Celtics' loss in Milwaukee. "He's the one that gave me my nickname. I knew before (the game) that he wasn't going to make it through the night."

Majerus had a history of heart problems dating to 1989 that persisted despite a daily constitutional of a one-mile swim. He had a stent inserted in August 2011.

Majerus had a 25-year record of 517-216. He took 12 teams to the NCAA tournament and four to the NIT, with the 1998 Utah team losing to Kentucky in the NCAA championship game.

"It's a sad day for college basketball," UNLV coach Dave Rice said.

Saint Mary's 86, Cal Poly 68: Brad Waldow scored 17 points, Matthew Dellavedova added 13 points and nine assists, and the Gaels (5-2) snapped a two-game losing streak by beating visiting Cal Poly (2-3), which beat UCLA in its previous game.

SMC starting shooting guard Stephen Holt missed the game with what coach Randy Bennett called a bone bruise. Bennett said Holt will miss "days to weeks."

San Jose State 82, Montana State 74: James Kinney scored a game-high 23 points and Chris Cunningham added 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Spartans (3-3) beat the Bobcats (1-5) in Bozeman, Mont.

UC Santa Barbara 83, Santa Clara 80: Alan Williams had 29 points and 17 rebounds to lead UC Santa Barbara (3-4) past host Santa Clara (5-2) in overtime. A 3-pointer by the Gauchos' Kyle Boswell with 1 second left sent it to overtime tied at 71.

Kevin Foster had 28 points and nine assists for Santa Clara.

Baylor 64, Kentucky 55: Kentucky's 54-game winning streak at Rupp Arena came to an end when the No. 8 Wildcats (4-3) were upset by Baylor (5-2).

Arizona 85, Texas Tech 57: Nick Johnson scored 18 points to lead No. 9 Arizona (5-0) over host Texas Tech (4-1). The Wildcats (5-0) dominated on the boards, pulling down 41 to the Red Raiders' 26, and got 16 second-chance points. Freshman Brandon Ashley (Bishop O'Dowd High) scored 12 for Arizona.

Gonzaga 85, Pacific 67: Sam Dower scored 18 points, and No. 12 Gonzaga beat visiting Pacific (3-4). Elias Harris added 17 points for Gonzaga (8-0).

San Diego State 78, UCLA 69: Jamaal Franklin scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half, and No. 23 San Diego State tied a season high with 11 3-pointers to win its fifth in a row, over UCLA in the John R. Wooden Classic in Anaheim. The Aztecs (5-1) ended an eight-game skid against the Bruins (5-3).

Arizona State 90, Sacramento State 70: Evan Gordon scored a career-high 29 points, Carrick Felix had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and host Arizona State (6-1) beat Sacramento State (5-2).

Women

Saint Mary's 49, UC Santa Barbara 39: Jackie Nared had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Danielle Mauldin added 12 points and 13 rebounds as the visiting Gaels (5-2) beat the Gauchos (2-5) for their fourth straight win.

San Jose State 73, Cal State Northridge 63: Four Spartans scored in double figures led by Ta'Rea Cunnigan's 20 points, and Riana Byrd equaled an Event Center record by grabbing 19 rebounds and adding 17 points as San Jose State (3-3) beat Cal State Northridge (4-3) to snap a three-game skid.

Wire services contributed to this report.