Beavers, Pilots, Vikings men get league wins
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Three of the state's four Division I teams won on Thursday, all gritting their way to victory in the second half.
• In the Pac-12, Oregon lost 75-70 to visiting USC to begin the night, and then Oregon State closed out UCLA 69-63 at Corvallis.
For Oregon, Payton Pritchard had team highs of 18 points (7 of 12 from the field) and seven assists.
For OSU, all five starters scored in double figures.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Tres Tinkle and Stephen Thompson Jr. gave the Beavers a 65-60 lead with 2:08 remaining.
With 33.8 seconds left, Seth Berger fed Drew Eubanks under the basket for a score and 67-60 advantage.
The Bruins got a quick 3 at the 26.0-second mark. Tinkle was fouled with 14.6 seconds to go and made two free throws.
Tinkle finished with a team-high 16 points; he's scored in double figures every game he's played this season.
Pac-12 standings after Thursday: Arizona 5-1, Stanford 5-1, USC 5-2, UCLA 4-3, Colorado 4-3, Oregon State 3-3, Washington 3-3, Utah 3-4, Oregon 2-4, Arizona State 2-4, Washington State 1-5, California 1-5.
• In the Big Sky, Portland State won with a huge comeback at Idaho State, 87-83.
The Vikings trailed 57-41, but rode the efforts of center Ryan Edwards, who had career highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds, getting 13 and nine in the second half.
Deontae North of the Viks had a game-best 24 points, with nine rebounds.
PSU is 3-3 in the Big Sky, 13-6 overall.
• In the West Coast Conference, the Portland Pilots got their first league victory of the season under second-year coach Terry Porter. They went on the road and knocked off San Diego, 55-49.
Portland led for all but two minutes, using a solid defense (the Toreros shot 36 percent from the field) and getting a team-high 15 points from Josh McSwiggan. UP is 1-6 in the WCC, 7-13 overall.
• Concordia dropped its ninth Cascade Collegiate Conference game in as many tries this season, losing 69-64 at home to Northwest Nazarene. Jarrett Gray scored a game-high 24 poins for Concordia, and Christopher Edmund had 15 points and a game-leading 13 rebounds.
• Warner Pacific won a nonleague game at home over Portland Bible, 103-74.
• Multnomah picked up an 82-72 win at Walla Walla.
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• The Portland Pilots lost at home to San Diego, 75-60, while PSU lost to visiting Idaho State 88-59 at Lewis & Clark.
Darian Slaga scored 19 points for UP, which is 4-14 overall, 0-7 in the WCC.
• Portland State is 3-3 in the Big Sky and 9-8 this season after falling to Idaho State at Lewis & Clark. Kiana Brown had 19 points for the Vikings, going 14 of 14 at the free-throw line. That tied the school record of 14 for 14 set in in January 1992 by Angela Hewitt in a game against Idaho.
Brown has made 34 in a row, which breaks the PSU mark of 31 set in 2004-05 by Jameelah Magee.
ISU hit 61.2 percent from the field, while the Viks managed just 31.8 percent.
• Multnomah lost 63-62 at Walla Walla.
Portland's 100-86 win at home over Indiana on Thursday lifted the Blazers to sixth in the NBA Western Conference.
Damian Lillard had 26 points and eight assists for the Blazers, who will play host to Dallas on Saturday.
Portland (24-21) is three games behind fourth-place Minnesota (29-18) and one game behind Oklahoma City (25-20). A half-game behind the Blazers are New Orleans and the Los Angeles Clippers, both 23-21. Ninth in the West is Denver (23-22).
The Portland Thorns selected two midfielders and Oregon State goalkeeper Bella Geist in Thursday's National Women's Soccer League draft.
With the No. 8 pick, Portland took Sandra Yu out of Notre Dame. With the No. 9 pick, Portland drafted Gabby Seiler out of Florida. Both midfielders in 2017 were named by United Soccer Coaches as third-team All-Americans.
Geist, a Putnam High grad, was taken with the 29th pick after Portland traded its 2019 third-round pick to Chicago to acquire a third pick in Thursday's draft. Geist, 6-0, was a four-year starter for the Beavers and played in 72 games at OSU.
The Thorns' training camp is slated to open on Feb. 19. The sixth NWSL season will kick off on the weekend of March 24-25.
PGA Tour rookie Aaron Wise, the 2016 individual and team NCAA champion from Oregon, was two shots out of the lead after one round of the 72-hold CareerBuilder Challenge after Thursday's opening round at La Quinta, Calif.
Wise shot an 8-under-par 64 to tie for fifth. Jon Rahm led with a 62.
• On the Champions Tour, Portland native Peter Jacobsen shot a 4-under 68 and was tied for 12th after the opening round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. The three-day tournament is in Ka'upulehu-Kona, Hawaii.
In the lead was Gene Sauers with a 64.
Memorial Coliseum will play host to the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships Feb. 22-24. Organizers say more than 1,600 copetitors will represent 89 of the nation's top teams. The event serves as selection for the 2018 World Synchronized Skating Championships.
For information, go to ussynchrochampionships.com.