Luck, DeCastro, Martin among 65 leaving early for NFL

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Luck, DeCastro, Martin among 65 leaving early for NFL

Three Stanford players were among the 65 players the NFL on Thursday announced has been granted special eligibility for the 2012 draft on April 26-28 in New York.Quarterback Andrew Luck, guard David DeCastro and tackle Jonathan Martin, each of whom is expected to be selected in the first round of the draft met the league's three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility. All three made their intentions known following the season.
The deadline for receiving applications was January 15.Here is the entire alphabetical list of every player granted special eligibility into the 2012 draft:

Alexander, Alvester RB Wyoming
Allen, Dwayne TE Clemson
Baker, Edwin RB Michigan State
Ball, Mike RB Nevada
Berryhill, Jamison RB Texas
Blackmon, Justin WR Oklahoma State
Brockers, Michael DT Louisiana State
Brown, Bryce RB Kansas State
Burfict, Vontaze LB Arizona State
Charles, Orson TE Georgia
Claiborne, Morris DB Louisiana State
Cox, Fletcher DT Mississippi State
DeCastro, David G Stanford
Eure, Tiree TE Minnesota
Forston, Marcus DT Miami
Gilmore, Stephon DB South Carolina
Givens, Chris WR Wake Forest
Graham, Dorian WR Syracuse
Griffin, Robert QB Baylor
Hampton, Jewel RB Southern Illinois
Harris, Cliff DB Oregon
Hightower, Donta LB Alabama
Hill, Stephen WR Georgia Tech
Hillman, Ronnie RB San Diego State
Holloway, Max DE Boston College
Hosley, Jayron DB Virginia Tech
Jackson, Janzen DB McNeese State
James, LaMichael RB Oregon
Jeffery, Alshon WR South Carolina
Johnson, Aldarius WR Miami
Johnson, Damaris WR Tulsa
Jones, Chandler DE Syracuse
Kalil, Matt T Southern California
Kirkpatrick, Dre DB Alabama
Konz, Peter C Wisconsin
Kuechly, Luke LB Boston College
Lewis, Ronnell DE Oklahoma
Luck, Andrew QB Stanford
Manning, Terrell LB North Carolina State
Martin, Jonathan T Stanford
Massie, Bobby T Mississippi
Mercilus, Whitney DE Illinois
Miller, Lamar RB Miami
Osweiler, Brock QB Arizona State
Page, Eric WR Toledo
Paige-Moss, Donte DE North Carolina
Perry, Nick DE Southern California
Pierce, Bernard RB Temple
Plue, Ken G Purdue
Poe, Dontari DT Memphis
Randle, Rueben WR Louisiana State
Reiff, Riley T Iowa
Richardson, Trent RB Alabama
Robinson, Josh DB Central Florida
Sanu, Mohamed WR Rutgers
Scott, Darrell RB South Florida
Streeter, Tommy WR Miami
Thomas, Darron QB Oregon
Thomas, Johnny DB Oklahoma State
Thomas, Phillip DB Syracuse
Trotter, Barrett QB Auburn
Vernon, Olivier DE Miami
Washington, Brandon T Miami
Wilson, David RB Virginia Tech
Worthy, Jerel DT Michigan State

Hermanson scores 17, No. 22 Saint Mary's beats BYU 70-57

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Hermanson scores 17, No. 22 Saint Mary's beats BYU 70-57

PROVO, Utah — Saint Mary's knows all about the raucous atmosphere at BYU. The Gaels hadn't won in Provo since 2013 and had only come out on top in three of their previous 12 trips.

Make it four out of 13.

Calvin Hermanson scored 17 points and No. 22 Saint Mary's cruised to a 70-57 victory over BYU on Saturday night, snapping a three-game road losing streak to its West Coast Conference rival.

"It's definitely one of the tougher places to play for us," Hermanson said. "Coming in here we know it's a huge crowd and we know they can get riled up on any 3-point shot or any run they make. We wanted to try to limit their runs and their big plays.

"The second half was pretty unbelievable how quiet the crowd was. It felt great for us."

With two games remaining on the regular-season schedule, the Gaels (24-3, 14-2) clinched a second-place finish in the conference standings behind top-ranked and undefeated Gonzaga.

Saint Mary's controlled the game most of the night, riding its staunch defense on one end and running efficient offense on the other. The Gaels were able to get to the rim consistently, but also knocked down 10 3-pointers.

BYU (19-10, 10-6) shot 39.7 percent from the field and connected on four 3s.

Evan Fitzner had 15 points for Saint Mary's, including 11 in the second half.

"We didn't turn the ball over and we shot the ball well," Gaels coach Randy Bennett said, "and were able to get some separation and then it made it tough on them. We kind of just wore them out after that.

"We're a little different team with Fitzner out there. He spaces the floor," Bennett added. "We just play a little different with Fitzner out there versus Jock (Landale). It's nice to have a Plan A and Plan B."

Saint Mary's took a 41-30 lead into halftime thanks to Hermanson's hot shooting and plenty of that trademark defense. The Gaels began the day ranked second in the nation in scoring defense, then held the Cougars to 37.9 percent shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes.

Saint Mary's shot 57.1 percent at the other end, including a 3-for-4 effort from Hermanson from behind the arc.

"I feel like we're better than we showed tonight," BYU guard TJ Haws said. "That team made a lot of runs on us. Tough defensive and offensive team. Very poised and disciplined.

"I want our team to just fight. When they punch us in the face, I want us to punch them right back."

BYU kept Landale under control in the half — and in foul trouble throughout — but Saint Mary's scored 22 of its 41 first-half points in the paint.

Eric Mika had 18 points for BYU, and Yoeli Childs added 13.

"The key to the game was that they were comfortable the entire time in our gym," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "That's on us. We need to be ahead. We need to get them to speed up a little bit because they're a little bit uncomfortable.

"But the game went pretty much exactly how they wanted it to go and we couldn't flip it. We couldn't get on top."

BIG PICTURE

Saint Mary's: The Gaels will be the No. 2 seed in the WCC tournament. No. 1 Gonzaga secured the regular-season title Saturday with a win over Pacific. An early December defeat to UT-Arlington is the Gaels' only bad loss this season, with the other two coming against Gonzaga.

BYU: The Cougars likely needed a win against the No. 22 team in the country to make an argument for the NCAA Tournament off their regular-season credentials. BYU has lost all three games against ranked opponents by double digits, including to Saint Mary's twice, and doesn't have a signature win. The Cougars get one last chance against Gonzaga next Saturday.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

No. 22 Saint Mary's might find itself moving up a bit after No. 17 Florida State and No. 21 South Carolina lost on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Saint Mary's: Travel to face Pepperdine on Thursday.

BYU: Play at Portland on Thursday.

Pickens, Travis rally Stanford past rival Cal for upset win

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Pickens, Travis rally Stanford past rival Cal for upset win

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STANFORD -- Dorian Pickens scored 23 points, Reid Travis had 19 with nine rebounds and Stanford held on to beat California 73-68 on Friday night.

Marcus Allen added 11 points for the Cardinal, who overcame an early 12-point deficit to beat their cross-bay rivals for the 21st time in the last 24 meetings between the two teams at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford (13-13, 5-9 Pac-12) won for only the second time in seven games and split the season series with California.

Pickens had nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers, as part of a 20-5 run in the second half when the Cardinal pulled away.

After California closed within 62-56 on Grant Mullins' 3-pointer with 4:54 remaining, Allen made two free throws and Pickens scored on a jumper from the free-throw line as he was falling backward onto the court.

Jabari Bird scored 23 points and set a career-high with seven 3s for the Golden Bears (18-8, 9-5). Ivan Rabb added 16 points and 13 rebounds after being slowed by foul trouble in the first half.