Gonzaga pulls away for 82-60 win over Santa Clara

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Gonzaga pulls away for 82-60 win over Santa Clara

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Sam Dower scored 17 points and No. 25 Gonzaga pulled away in the second half for an 80-58 win over Santa Clara on Saturday night for the Bulldogs' eighth-straight win.Freshman Gary Bell Jr. added 15 points for the Bulldogs (13-2, 3-0 West Coast Conference), who broke the game open early in the second half with an 18-0 run. The Zags have not allowed more than 65 points during their streak.Santa Clara (8-7, 0-2), which fell to 0-5 on the road with its third-straight loss, was led by Raymond Cowels III with 13 points and Brandon Clark with 12.Bell also did most of the defensive work that limited junior guard Kevin Foster, who had 36 and 29 in two games last season, to nine points - half his average. Foster, who is third in the nation in 3-pointers at 3.8 a game missed all four of his attempts. He had nine 3-pointers in Spokane last year.Santa Clara scored the first 10 points of the game, the first eight by CowelI, who had consecutive 3-pointers, before Bell made a layup for Gonzaga almost 5 minutes in.A six point run fueled by Marquise Carter, two short baskets around an assist to Robert Sacre, pulled the Bulldogs back into the game.The Broncos, behind Cowels' 10 points, led the entire first half until Dower's 3-pointer with 37 seconds left gave the Bulldogs a 28-26 lead at the break. Dower had 11 at the half, which closed with Santa Clara in scoring drought of 4:25.Three free throws by Foster a minute into the second half gave Santa Clara its last lead at 31-30 but Gonzaga reeled off 18 straight points, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Kevin Pangos, who finished with 10 points and five assists.The Broncos, scoreless for 5:55, missed eight straight shots while the Bulldogs were making six of seven.That stretched into a 26-4 run, capped by a fast break layup by David Stockton, for a 21-point lead at 56-35 at the 10:04 mark.

Ex-Warriors, Kings coach withdrawns from consideration for Cal job

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Ex-Warriors, Kings coach withdrawns from consideration for Cal job

BERKELEY — Nevada coach Eric Musselman said Wednesday he has withdrawn his name for consideration for the coaching vacancy at California, committed to continuing to build the Wolf Pack program after the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007 in his second season.

Musselman's team captured the Mountain West Conference regular-season crown and tournament title, a program first. The Wolf Pack lost in the first round of the NCAAs to fifth-seeded Iowa State last week as a No. 12 seed to finish 28-7. While he originally signed a five-year contract through the 2019-20 season, Musselman is working to finalize a new five-year deal that would keep at the school for the long haul.

"My family and I are so excited about Nevada," he said in a text message to The Associated Press. "I love our players and the bond we have created as a team and on campus and in the community."

The 52-year-old Musselman interviewed in Berkeley for the Cal opening to replace Cuonzo Martin, who resigned from the Golden Bears last Wednesday and was named Missouri's new coach the same day. Martin was formally introduced Monday.

Cal is not announcing the names of anyone brought in to interview for the head coaching vacancy.

Cal's Ivan Rabb declares for NBA Draft, plans to finish education

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Cal's Ivan Rabb declares for NBA Draft, plans to finish education

BERKELEY — California star Ivan Rabb will declare for the NBA draft, a move that has been expected since the season began.

The sophomore star announced his decision Wednesday through the school. He says, "After careful consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to forego my remaining NCAA eligibility and enter the NBA draft."

While Rabb says the timing is right to turn his attention to a professional career, he plans to finish school eventually — a promise he made to himself and his mother.

The 6-foot-11 sophomore forward was Cal's second-leading scorer at 14.0 points and top rebounder averaging 10.5 boards for the Golden Bears, who lost to Cal State Bakersfield in the first round of the NIT last week without him. Rabb was listed out with a foot injury.

Former coach Cuonzo Martin resigned the next day to become Missouri's new coach.