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by: COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND - Cassandra Brown, going in for a layup in an exhibition victory over Concordia, made her official return from injury and had 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds as the Portland Pilots beat Eastern Washington 68-65The Portland Pilots' men and women won basketball openers over the weekend, while Portland State's teams both fell.

Highlights from those games and other college action:

(for reports on other college teams, see separate stories at portlandtribune.com)


UP rally downs Eastern Washington

Portland’s Cassandra Thompson (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Cassandra Brown (game-high 17 points) paced the Portland Pilots to a 68-65 win over Eastern Washington in UP's opener Friday at Chiles Center.

UP outscored the Eagles 18-6 over the final eight minutes.

Brown, a 6-2 redshirt junior guard/forward, was playing for the first time since 2012.

She made two layups in the closing moments to clinch the win. The first one gave UP a one-point lead with 19 seconds remaining. The other was a breakaway after a steal by Alexis Byrd.

Eastern Washington had the ball with five seconds to go but failed to get off a shot.

Saint Mary's tops PSU at Stott Center

by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - Senior guard Kate Lanz is back from a knee injury for the Portland State Vikings, who lost their opener on Sunday at home to Saint Mary's.NCAA postseason hopeful Saint Mary's spoiled Portland State's opener on Sunday afternoon, topping the Vikings 72-54 at Stott Center, despite a game-high 21 points by PSU senior guard Kate Lanz.

Lanz was 6 of 17 from the field and added eight rebounds.

Senior forward Allie Brock had 14 points for the Viks.

Jackie Nared, a senior guard from Westview High, led Saint Mary's with 18 points, making 7 of 13 from the floor. She also had a game-high six assists.

Portland State cut a 41-21 halftime deficit to three, 48-45, before the Gaels (2-0) made their own run.

"I knew Saint Mary's was going to be a good team," said PSU coach Sherri Murrell. "We made that huge run in the second half by attacking the basket and being aggressive. We did a good job in the second half while taking better care of the ball."

The Gaels outscored Portland State 34-12 in the paint.


Two Pilots get career highs

• The UC Aggies were no match for the University of Portland on Friday.

UP's Kevin Bailey (29 points) and Ryan Nicholas (27) had career highs in a 100-83 victory at Chiles Center.

The Pilots shot 51 percent from the field, made 30 of 37 free throws and led by as many as 23 points in the second half.

Junior center Thomas van der Mars added 11 points, and junior guard Bobby Sharp had 10 off the bench.

Sophomore guard Bryce Pressley contributed seven points, seven assists, five rebounds and zero turnovers.

Freshman point guard Alec Wintering started and collected nine points and zero turnovers in 18 minutes.

UC Davis junior guard Corey Hawkins, a preseason All-America, totaled 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, but was held to 3-for-11 shooting from the field for the Aggies (0-1).

Vikings lose in Vegas

UNLV handed Portland State a 67-48 defeat in PSU's opener at Las Vegas.

Portland State trailed 29-28 at the half, but made 8 of 32 from the field after that, and finished with 20 turnovers.

New point guard Tim Douglas led PSU with 18 points. Brandon Cataldo had nine points and a career-high 10 rebounds.

Oregon wins in South Korea

Joseph Young, a 6-2 junior transfer from Houston, had 24 points and five rebounds as the No. 29 Ducks beat Georgetown 82-75 Saturday at the U.S. Army Base Camp Humphreys.

Young was 12 of 12 at the free-throw line in the UO opener.

Forward Mike Moser, a transfer from Grant High and UNLV, had 15 points, 11 in the second half, plus seven rebounds and six steals.

Jason Calliste, a 6-2 senior guard, added 16 points, going 11 of 11 at the foul line.


Pilots drop road game

Loyola Marymount beat Portland 4-3 Friday at Los Angeles.

Derek Boggs, Eddie Sanchez and Steven Corbett scored for the Pilots (8-9-0, 3-6-0 WCC). Loyola Marymount is 11-3-2, 7-1-1 WCC.

Sanchez's long free kick in the 70th minute cut the LM lead to 3-2, but the Lions scored less than two minutes later. Portland answered in 18 seconds with Corbett's rebound, and the Pilots had a man advantage for the final 10 minutes.

The Pilots attempted 15 shots in the second half after getting just one in the first 45 minutes. LMU ended with a 17-16 edge in shots.

Concordia away for CCC semifinals

The Cascade Collegiate Conference semis on Tuesday will have Concordia at Northwest at noon and College of Idaho at Corban at 4 p.m.

Concordia lost both regular-season matches with Northwest, 3-2 and 1-0.

The Cavaliers are 14-4 and went 11-3 in the conference, winning their last five outings. Northwest is 13-5 and also finished 11-3 in league.


The Concordia Cavaliers, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, advanced to the CCC finals with a 2-0 home victory over Southern Oregon on Saturday.

The Cavs will play for the league title on Saturday, Nov. 16. They will play host to Northwest, which won a shootout against Corban in the other semi. Kickoff is 6 p.m. at Tuominen Yard.

Concordia beat visiting Northwest 2-0 on Oct. 26 during the regular season. The Cavaliers are 16-1-1 (they were 9-0-0 in CCC play) and have won their last 12 games.


The CCC tournament starts Tuesday with No. 3 seed Concordia playing host to No. 6 Oregon Tech at 7 p.m.

The other Tuesday match has No. 5 seed Northwest Christian at No. 4 Southern Oregon.

• Portland State won weekend home matches over Southern Utah 3-0 and Northern Arizona 3-1 to gain more solid control of second place in the Big Sky.

The Vikings (13-3 in conference) trail North Dakota (14-2), while NAU slipped to 11-5, tied with Idaho State for third.

Senior setter Garyn Schlatter totaled 50 assists in the NAU match, as PSU extended its home winning streak to a season-high five matches.

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