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January 19, 2002|Gary Klein;Eric Stephens;Mike Terry

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Utah State (13-3, 5-2) at Cal State Fullerton (3-12, 0-6), 7 p.m.--The Titans are in danger of having their losing streak reach eight games against the powerful Aggies. Fullerton lost to Idaho, 63-59, on Thursday. Utah State, led by guard Tony Brown, is coming off a 68-42 victory against UC Riverside. The Aggies limited Riverside to 33.3% shooting.

Pacific (11-5, 3-3) at Long Beach State (5-12, 1-5), 7:30--Long Beach has lost 10 of 12, including three in a row. Cal State Northridge defeated the 49ers on Thursday, 66-54, in a game that saw Long Beach go scoreless in the final 4:41. Pacific blew a 15-point halftime lead and lost to UC Irvine, 62-58, on Thursday. Demetrius Jackson leads the Tigers in scoring (12.7).

Gary Klein

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Cal State Northridge (5-10, 4-2) at UC Irvine (13-4, 6-0), 7, KUCI-FM (88.9)--Irvine has a 19-game home winning streak but faces a Matador team that has won three of its last four. Anteater guard Jerry Green struggled again against Pacific but had a key rebound and made two free throws late to help Irvine rally for a 62-58 victory. A victory would lift Northridge into second place in its first season in the Big West Conference. Matador forward Curtis Slaughter has scored in double figures in five of his six starts.

UC Santa Barbara (10-5, 4-2) at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (9-5, 3-3), 7--It is a critical game for both teams hoping to stay close to Irvine in the Big West race. Injuries have slowed the Gauchos as sophomore guard and second-leading scorer Branduinn Fullove is a game-time decision after suffering a deep thigh contusion in practice Thursday. Forward Mike Vukovich, a part-time starter, is out because of an injured right kneecap. Forward Adama Ndiaye also is banged up with a shoulder injury but is expected to play. Cal Poly has won all six of its home games, including a victory against Oregon State on Dec. 15. Sophomore forward Varnie Dennis averages 15.5 points and 6.1 rebounds.

Idaho (5-11, 2-5) at UC Riverside (6-8, 3-3), 7, KPRO (1570)--The Highlanders flopped in their showcase game against Utah State despite the presence of a sellout crowd. They'll try to rebound against the Vandals, who defeated Fullerton on Thursday. Riverside struggled against Utah State's aggressive zone defense as it shot only 33.9% from the field and attempted only three free throws. Shooting guard Jason Perkins is mired in a slump, scoring only one point in the last three games.

Eric Stephens

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Arizona (8-9, 4-4) at UCLA (5-11, 2-6), 4, KCAD (850), KCEWS (1340)--The Wildcats are trying to reach .500 for the first time in a month with their first victory at Pauley Pavilion since 1998. The Bruins, who get Shalada Allen back from a one-game suspension, are trying to halt their latest skid that has seen them lose three of four.

No. 23 Arizona State (15-4, 6-2) vs. USC (9-8, 5-3), 4, Sports Arena--The Sun Devils are seeking their fifth consecutive victory. The Trojans, who get Ebony Hoffman back from a one-game suspension, can move into a tie for second place in the Pacific 10 Conference with a victory.

Mike Terry

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