Ailing James, Heat end long trip by beating Suns
PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Bosh scored 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting, ailing LeBron James added 21 and the Miami Heat closed a six-game road trip with a 97-88 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.
The Heat, playing without Dwyane Wade for the second game in a row because of a left foot injury, led by as many as 15 in the third quarter and were up by nine with 5½ minutes to play. The Suns cut it to two before Miami scored the game's final seven points.
James, who missed the morning shootaround with flu-like symptoms, made only 8 of 20 shots but still reached 20 points for the 11th time in 11 games this season.
Markieff Morris scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half for Phoenix.
Carey runs for 204 yards; Arizona tops Utah 34-24
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 204 yards and Arizona scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as the Wildcats defeated Utah 34-24 Saturday and guaranteed the Utes their first losing season since 2002.
Utah (4-7, 2-6 Pac-12) took a 24-17 on Travis Wilson's 36-yard touchdown pass to DeVonte Christopher late in the third quarter, but the Wildcats answered with touchdowns 3 minutes apart early in the fourth.
Daniel Jenkins tied it on a 2-yard TD run, and Matt Scott tossed an 18-yard scoring pass to Austin Hill with 11:07 left.
John Bonano's second field goal of the night, a 24-yarder, sealed the win for Arizona (7-4, 4-4) with 1:15 remaining.
Wilson passed for a career-high 311 yards and two touchdowns, but also fumbled.
Utah scored on a fake field goal but saw the game turn in the fourth quarter on a failed fake punt.
John White had 112 yards rushing for the Utes.
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Arizona State routs Washington State 46-7
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Quarterbacks Taylor Kelly and Michael Eubank accounted for six touchdowns Saturday, and Arizona State became bowl eligible with a 46-7 rout over Washington State that ended the Sun Devils' four-game losing streak.
Kelly threw for four touchdowns and Eubank had one each on the ground and through the air for the Sun Devils (6-5, 4-4 Pac-12), who piled up 561 yards of offense. Chris Coyle had a pair of touchdown catches to put Arizona State up 32-0 in its final home game of the season.
A resurgent Arizona State defense forced two turnovers in the first half and turned Washington State's Air Raid offense into Air Dud.
The Cougars (2-9, 0-8) also got no support from their running game, which produced 1 yard on 19 carries.
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Broadus, Cal Poly hold off NAU 42-34
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Quarterback Andre Broadus scored on a 3-yard run with 3:14 to play and Cal Poly held off a late rally by Northern Arizona for a 42-34 victory on Saturday.
Cal Poly (9-2, 7-1 Big Sky) grabbed a share of the conference title with Eastern Washington and Montana State. However, Eastern Washington claims an automatic playoff spot as the result of tiebreakers. Cal Poly and Montana State could earn at-large berths, but NAU (8-3, 6-2) might find itself on the outside looking in after dropping its last two conference games.
NAU pulled to within 42-34 on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Cary Grossart to Jesse Brantley with 1:33 left, but the Lumberjacks ran out of time.
Broadus completed just 6 of 9 passes for 180 yards. Two of those connections went for TDs, 51 yards to Cole Stanford and 5 yards to Willie Tucker.
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Utah Valley handles NAIA Arizona Christian 96-70
OREM, Utah (AP) — Five players were in double figures for Utah Valley including Nick Thompson who scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting to lead the Wolverines to a 96-70 victory over visiting NAIA Arizona Christian.
Ben Aird scored 17 points, Taylor Brown added 15 and Alfonzo Hubbard scored 14 including a perfect 7 for 7 from the free-throw line. Keawe Enos chipped in with 10. Thompson added seven rebounds and four assists to his point total, helping Utah Valley outscore Arizona Christian 47-31 in the first half.
Utah Valley (2-2) shot 58.6 percent from the field, making 34 of 58 shots and were 21 of 27 from the free-throw line.
Jordan Block led Arizona Christian with 14 points and seven rebounds. Mason Jones had 11 points and four assists. The Firestorm's trip to Utah Valley was considered an exhibition game for Arizona Christian.