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No. 22 Rhode Island 81, VCU 68
Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley has come to VCU in the past with a young team and seen it get drummed.
He was happy to return the favor when he returned with the senior-laden Rams on Friday night.
E.C. Matthews scored 18 points, Jared Terrell had 16 and URI beat VCU for its 14th consecutive victory.
"I thought we were really, really sharp, particular our passing," Hurley said. "We're just a veteran team that took advantage of our experience. We out-seniored them, out-experienced them."
Cyril Langevine added 12 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the visiting Rams (19-3, 11-0 Atlantic 10) in a matchup of teams with the same nickname. The winning streak is the program's longest since the 1939-40 Rams won 15 straight.
Rhode Island also stretched its road winning streak in conference games to 11, the longest such streak in program history.
"It's a lot of things," said Matthews, one of four seniors in the starting lineup. "Being resilient. The non-conference games we had earlier in the season is why we play the way we do now. Having older guys, we kind of set the tone."
Justin Tillman scored 22 points to lead VCU (14-9, 6-4), which dropped out of a three-way tie for second place in the conference. Sean Mobley added 15, all in the first half. The home Rams trailed just 41-38 at halftime, but couldn't overcome being beaten 47-31 on the boards and outscored 26-6 on second-chance points as URI gradually took control after halftime.
"We felt they were going to try to come out and bully us and control the game and come out hard from the start, so we tried to come out with energy," Tillman said. "I thought we did that in the first half. ... We kept letting them get second-chance rebounds and they were scoring off those."
Rhode Island scored 13 of the first 20 points after halftime to open a 54-45 lead, its biggest of the game at that point. Consecutive baskets by VCU closed the gap to 54-49, but Rhode Island scored 10 of the next 15 points and VCU never got closer than six again.
The first half was played at a breakneck pace, with URI pulling away from a 27-all tie by scoring nine straight points. Mobley then hit three 3-pointers in a span of less than two minutes to keep VCU close.
The Rams' winning streak coincides with Matthews' return from a broken wrist. In coach Dan Hurley's favored four-guard lineup, Matthews, Terrell, Jeff Dowtin and Stanford Russell also make it difficult for even defensively disruptive teams to cause ball security issues. URI had just eight turnovers against VCU.
"It's not me at all. It's a mixture. We've got young guys, older guys. We're just trying to make history and be better every game," Matthews said.
Tillman was his usually effective self, but the Rams' No. 2 scorer, freshman De'Riante Jenkins (13.1 points per game) managed just nine points, and No. 3 scorer Johnny Williams (10.2) had two.
VCU also was sloppy too often with the ball, committing 14 turnovers that Rhode Island turned into 16 points.
No. 6 Oregon 91, No. 25 California 54
Sabrina Ionescu had 28 points and 11 assists to lead Oregon over California.
Ruthy Hebard added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Ducks (21-3, 10-1 Pac-12), who have won 13 of 14 games. Ionescu's double-double was her 11th of the season.
It was Oregon's largest margin of victory in a conference game this season.
Jaelyn Brown led the Golden Bears (15-7, 6-5) with 14 points and Alaysia Styles added 12. Kristine Anigwe, California's leading scorer at 17.5 points per game, had just six to go with eight rebounds.
After a sluggish first quarter, Oregon pulled away with a 10-0 run in the second to lead 46-29 at the break. Ionescu had 15 points in the first half.
The Ducks dominated inside with a 40-28 rebound margin and 20-10 edge in second-chance points.
Ionescu was 9 of 13 from the field and 4 of 7 from 3-point range as Oregon finished 34 of 66 overall for 51.5 percent. The Golden Bears shot 21 of 55 for 38.2 percent.
No. 9 UCLA 59, USC 46
Monique Billings got the 40th double-double of her career with 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead UCLA over USC.
Jordin Canada added 16 points, and the Bruins (18-4, 9-2 Pac-12) won their seventh consecutive game.
USC (15-7, 5-6) struggled mightily against the UCLA zone in the first half and shot many 3-pointers it didn't want to take. Not much was working in the first half for the Trojans offensively as they were 6 for 29 from the field and just 1 for 14 from 3-point range.
Kristen Simon led USC with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
The Trojans played better in the second half, cutting UCLA's lead to single digits in the third and fourth quarters.
Canada needed just two points to move into third place on UCLA's career scoring list, and she did that and then some, surpassing Rehema Stephens. Canada has 1,901 career points.
When USC cut the lead to nine points at 42-33 on Kristen Simon's basket before the third-quarter buzzer, UCLA answered with consecutive baskets from Canada and Billings to push the lead back to double digits.
No. 24 Stanford 60, No. 16 Oregon State 57
Brittany McPhee had 18 points and 12 rebounds and scored Stanford's last four points it held on for a win over Oregon State.
Stanford (15-8, 9-2 Pac-12) led 51-42 on DiJonai Carrington's layup with 7:58 left in the fourth quarter. Mikayla Pivec made a pair of free throws at 1:17 and Taya Corosdale split a pair at 53 seconds to cut Oregon State's deficit to 59-57.
McPhee made 1 of 2 free throws with 7.7 seconds left and Carrington stole it from Kat Tudor for the final play of the game.
Kiana Williams added 14 points and Alanna Smith scored 11 for the Cardinal, who made just 2 of 19 from 3-point range, but had 17 offensive rebounds and a 44-35 edge on the glass overall.
Katie McWilliams made 4 of 9 from 3-point range and led the Beavers (16-6, 7-4) with 16 points. Pivec added 15 points and Taylor Kalmer scored 12.
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