Kevin Foster scored 27 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead visiting Santa Clara over USF 85-54 Thursday night, snapping the Broncos' three-game losing streak.
Foster had 10 rebounds to complete the first double-double of the senior's career. Raymond Cowels III had a season-high 17 points, including five 3-pointers. Marc Trasolini had a team-high 11 rebounds for the Broncos (13-6, 2-3 West Coast Conference).
The Broncos led 35-24 at halftime. They shot 50.8 percent from the field for the game, while the Dons shot 32 percent.
Matt Christiansen had 12 points for USF (7-11, 0-5), which has lost five consecutive games.
Denver 73, San Jose State 37: Brett Olson and Chris Udofia each scored 15 points and Denver (10-7, 6-1 Western Athletic Conference) shot 56.3 percent from the field in a rout of visiting San Jose State (9-8, 3-3).
San Jose State shot just 28 percent and didn't have a player in double figures, with LaVanne Pennington and Chris Cunningham each scoring eight points to lead the team. San Jose State made a season-low 14 field goals (in 50 attempts).
"We have to take collective responsibility for a defeat like this," coach
Michigan 83, Minnesota 75: Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points and Trey Burke had 18 points and nine assists to help No. 5 Michigan stave off No. 9 Minnesota (15-3, 3-2 Big Ten) in Minneapolis. The Wolverines (17-1, 4-1) had suffered their first loss at rival Ohio State four days before.
Duke 73, Georgia Tech 57: Seth Curry scored 24 points to lead No. 3 Duke past visiting Georgia Tech (10-6, 0-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). Mason Plumlee added 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Blue Devils (16-1, 3-1 ACC) bounced back from their first loss, on Saturday to North Carolina State.
Gonzaga 71, Portland 49: Kelly Olynyk had 21 points and No. 8 Gonzaga (17-1, 4-0 WCC) easily defeated host Portland (8-11, 1-3), the Bulldogs' eighth straight victory. The Pilots dropped their 19th straight game in the series with the Zags.
UCLA 74, Oregon State 64: Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points, Kyle Anderson added 17, and No. 24 UCLA defeated Oregon State, the Bruins' 10th consecutive victory.
Travis Wear added 17 points for the Bruins (15-3, 5-0 Pac-12), who equaled their longest winning streak since the 2008-09 season. They have won 23 of the last 24 games played against Oregon State (10-7, 0-4) in Los Angeles.
Oregon 76, USC 74: Damyean Dotson scored 16 points and No. 21 Oregon edged host USC. The Ducks (15-2, 4-0 Pac-12) opened with four straight conference wins for the first time in 39 years.
J.T. Terrell scored 22 points for USC (7-11, 2-3), which was playing its first game under interim coach Bob Cantu after Kevin O'Neill was fired Monday.
Cal 71, USC 63: Gennifer Brandon had 23 points and a career-high 26 rebounds, and No. 7 Cal held USC without a basket in overtime to beat the Trojans in Berkeley.
Four days after beating perennial Pac-12 power Stanford, the Golden Bears rallied from six points down in the final 1:42 of regulation before outscoring the Trojans 9-1 in the extra period. Brandon scored all six points to tie it, then added a key block and also scored on a putback in overtime.
"I told the players, I think they're doing something special that is changing this program and what Cal basketball means," said coach Lindsay Gottlieb. "Great teams have to sometimes win when you have to battle from behind. "
Brandon's 26 rebounds tied Colleen Galloway's school record set in 1978.
Layshia Clarendon added 27 points and six rebounds for Cal (14-2, 4-1 Pac-12). Kate Oliver had 10 points and 10 rebounds for USC (7-9, 4-1).
San Diego 73, Saint Mary's 70: Amy Kame scored 29 points and visiting San Diego built a 22-point lead midway through the second half and held off Saint Mary's.
The Gaels (11-5, 3-1 WCC) got a career-high 30 points from Jackie Nared, but their furious rally fell short. Saint Mary's trailed 55-33 before going on a 31-10 run, cutting the deficit to 65-64 on Kate Gaze's 3-pointer with 2:04 remaining. But the Toreros (11-6, 3-2) countered with layups by Felicia Wijenberg and Kame to expand the lead to five points.
Santa Clara 38, Pepperdine 36: Ruta Zurauskyte scored 10 points as Santa Clara (11-6, 3-1 WCC) beat Pepperdine (4-11, 1-3) in Malibu. Raquel Avila and Ricki Radanovich each had eight points for the Broncos. Avila also had a career-high 10 rebounds and added four steals.
San Jose State 68, Denver 67: Ta-Rea Cunnigan scored 28 points to lead San Jose State (6-11, 3-3 WAC) to a narrow win over Denver (8-10, 3-4) at the Event Center. The Pioneers missed a layup and then a desperation 3-pointer in the final seconds, enabling the Spartans to hold on.
Loyola Marymount 65, USF 50: Zhane Dikes scored a career-high 20 points for USF (8-10, 1-4 WCC), but the Dons lost to host Loyola Marymount (8-10, 2-3).
Kentucky 100, Mississippi State 47: Former Cal player DeNesha Stallworth scored 25 points and No. 5 Kentucky moved to 17-1 for the best start in school history with a rout of visiting Mississippi State.
Wire services contributed to this report.