As it always does when Gonzaga visits, the Leavey Center started rocking at the opening tip. And as it always does when Gonzaga visits, the arena turned quiet at the final buzzer — except for the corner with the Gonzaga fans, that is.
The 13th-ranked Zags rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit, dominated the final minutes and beat Santa Clara 71-64 on Thursday night before an announced crowd of 4,700. It was Gonzaga's ninth straight win in Leavey.
The Broncos (9-14, 1-5 WCC) jumped to a 7-0 lead, handled Gonzaga's counterpunch, then took a lead midway through the first half that they would not relinquish until the final minutes.
But the Zags (17-3, 6-0) made all the plays down the stretch, scoring the final 12 points of the game.
Matt Bouldin and Steven Gray led Gonzaga with 19 points each. Niyi Harrison scored 14 for the Broncos.
Oregon 71, UCLA 66: Tajuan Porter and Matt Humphrey scored 15 points each as the Ducks (11-9, 3-5 Pac-10) beat the visiting Bruins (9-11, 4-4) in overtime. Humphrey opened Oregon's scoring in OT with two 3-pointers for a 61-57 lead. The Ducks' E.J. Singler scored six points in the final 1:10 of overtime. He clinched the win with two free throws with 7.8 seconds left. UCLA forced OT when Michael Roll made a 3-pointer with 10.7 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 55-55.
Oregon State 51, USC 45: Calvin Haynes scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half to lead the host Beavers (9-11, 3-5 Pac-10) to a win over the Trojans (12-8, 4-4). Oregon State trailed by 10 points in the first half.
San Jose State 83, Hawaii 60: Adrian Oliver had 33 points, Chris Oakes added 18 points and nine rebounds and the host Spartans (12-8, 5-3 WAC) rolled over the Warriors (9-12, 2-6). San Jose State, which lost at Hawaii 68-67 on Jan. 17, led by as much as 27 in the second half.
Portland 74, USF 58: Jared Stohl had 22 points, and the visiting Pilots (13-7, 4-2 WCC) beat the Dons (7-14, 2-4). Stohl nailed four 3-pointers in less than four minutes as Portland built a 58-47 lead with 10 minutes left. Rashad Green led USF with 14 points.
Elsewhere: Eli Holman (Richmond High) had 16 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks as host Detroit (13-8, 6-4 Horizon) posted an 83-63 win over Loyola of Chicago (12-8, 3-7). ... Joe Ford had 12 points and Terrell Smith added 11 points and six rebounds to lead Pacific (13-6, 6-1 Big West) to a 61-50 win over host UC Irvine (9-12, 3-6).
Stanford 71, Arizona State 48: Kayla Pedersen had 23 points and seven rebounds, and the No. 2 Cardinal (18-1, 8-0 Pac-10) fought back after trailing at halftime (29-25) for the first time all season, beating the Sun Devils (12-7, 4-4) at Maples Pavilion. Jayne Appel (Carondelet High) added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford.
Cal 73, Arizona 53: Alexis Gray-Lawson (Oakland Tech) scored 39 points as the Bears (11-8, 5-3 Pac-10) beat the visiting Wildcats (9-9, 3-5) for their fifth straight win. Cal freshman Gennifer Brandon, making a rare start, had 15 rebounds.
WCC games: Louella Tomlinson had 29 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks, leading Saint Mary's (14-7, 5-1) to an 80-65 win over visiting Pepperdine (12-8, 3-3). ... Rheina Ale had 15 points in a losing cause as USF (4-19, 0-6) fell 53-50 at Portland (14-7, 3-3). ... Santa Clara coach Jennifer Mountain returned to her alma mater, but the rebuilding Broncos (3-18, 1-5) fell 81-43 to Gonzaga (17-4, 6-0).
Oregon: Eugene police arrested two men in connection with an assault on kicker Rob Beard. Maurice Dion Peterson and Kirby Taylor Hawkins were in custody. Beard was battered to unconsciousness early Sunday after intervening in a fight to help teammate Mike Bowlin. Beard suffered a broken nose and other facial injuries.
Cal: First baseman/pitcher Valerie Arioto (Foothill High) was one of 50 players on the preseason list for USA Softball's college player of the year.
The Associated Press and wire services contributed to this roundup.