Anthony Brown scored a career-high 26 points for the seventh-seeded Tigers (12-19), the defending tournament champions. UC Irvine 70, UC Snata Barbara 52: Michael Hunter scored 16 points and Mark Kelley had 15 points to lead UC Irvine in the quarterfinals of the tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nic Campbell added 12 points for the Anteaters (15-17), who will face Long Beach State in Friday night’s semifinals. Alex Harris, the Big West’s leading scorer, had 22 points for the Gauchos (18-11), who shot a season low of 31.6 percent from the field. Glenn Turner added 10 rebounds. ANAHEIM – Bobby Brown scored 30 points and Frank Robinson had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 100-92 victory over Pacific in double overtime Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference tournament. Justin Burns added 13 points and Scott Cutley grabbed 13 rebounds for the third-seeded Titans (20-9), who will face second-seeded Cal Poly SLO in today’s semifinals.
NEW YORK – Falling energy prices gave stocks a modest lift Friday as Wall Street set aside worries about interest rates and a weak forecast from Intel Corp. But the gains weren’t enough to help the major indexes, which ended the week with losses. Stocks zigzagged through most of Friday’s session, capping off a week of jittery trading as investors scoured for any news that might revive a year-end rally after a two-week break. Many are wishing for a solid holiday shopping season, with cheaper gasoline prices contributing to improving consumer confidence. The University of Michigan reinforced those hopes when it said its consumer sentiment index for December added 7.1 points, to 88.7, topping economists’ estimates for a reading of 85. John Waterman, chief investment officer for Rittenhouse Asset Management, noted the upbeat Michigan number but said the market seems to be fixated on energy prices and next week’s Federal Reserve meeting. Now that the economy appears to be back on track, analysts worry that the Fed might keep raising interest rates and trigger a slowdown. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But Waterman expects Wall Street’s idleness to persist. “I think we’re going to head into a quieter period where unless there’s some big news, volume could slow and the market will move sideways,” he said. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 23.46, or 0.22 percent, to 10,778.58. Broader stock indicators were also higher. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 3.53, or 0.28 percent, at 1,259.37, and the Nasdaq composite index added 10.27, or 0.46 percent, to 2,256.73. Bond prices fell, with the yield on the 10-year Treasury note climbing to 4.53 percent from 4.46 percent late Thursday. The dollar was lower against other major currencies in European trading, while gold prices lingered near recent highs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!