BIG WEST CONFERENCE
Utah State (11-4, 2-2) at Cal State Northridge (7-7, 5-1), 2 p.m., FSNW2 -- Northridge started a key two-game homestand Thursday with a come-from-behind win over Idaho, which was previously unbeaten in league play. With their fifth consecutive win, the Matadors moved into second place behind Pacific. Guard Davin White has averaged 19.3 points off the bench in his last three games, making 21 of 37 shots. Utah State is coming off a double-overtime loss to Pacific in Stockton. Forward Spencer Nelson, a 25-year-old senior, leads the Aggies in scoring (15.7), rebounding (8.9) and assists (4.7).
Long Beach State (2-12, 0-5) at UC Riverside (5-8, 1-3), 7 p.m., KPRO (1570) -- Riverside rallied around the loss of injured star forward Vili Morton on Thursday in a dominating performance against UC Irvine. With Morton out for the season after injuring his left knee Monday against UC Davis, freshman guard Larry Cunningham figures to become the focal point of the offense. Cunningham had 29 points Thursday on eight-for-11 shooting, including five three-pointers. Long Beach State Coach Larry Reynolds was most disappointed in his team's defense in a lopsided loss to Cal State Fullerton.
UC Irvine (6-6, 1-4) at Cal State Fullerton (8-4, 3-1), 7 p.m., KUCI-FM (88.9), KWRM (1370) -- Fullerton is hoping that the injury to senior forward Hardy Asprilla, who's out for the season after tearing a knee ligament Thursday, won't disrupt the confidence it has built in winning five of its last six games, the most recent a victory over Long Beach. "It was the last thing we needed because we're playing really good right now," Fullerton Coach Bob Burton said. Irvine Coach Pat Douglass was disappointed in his team's effort against Riverside after playing well in a two-point loss to Pacific last week.