Pilots pick Baxter to lead volleyball program
The University of Portland has promoted Jeff Baxter to head coach.
Baxter was an assistant the past two years under Brent Crouch, who recently was named head coach at USC.
Baxter was a setter for Cal State Northridge from 2006-11. The Matadors reached the NCAA Division I Final Four in 2010.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Oregon State 69, UTAH 58
Oregon 74, COLORADO 55
The 17th-ranked Beavers and No. 7 Ducks won with reasonable comfort on the road, both finishing well.
Oregon remained in first place in the Pac-12, improving to 8-1 in conference and 19-3 overall.
Stanford and UCLA are 7-2. Oregon State and California are 6-3, with the Beavers 15-5 overall.
Ruthy Hebard led UO with 20 points and nine rebounds. Sabrina Ionescu had 14 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Marie Gulich had 18 points and six blocks for OSU. Mikayla Pivec added 14 points, 12 rebounds and four assists.
COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
WARNER PACIFIC 86, Oregon Tech 78
Southern Oregon 83, MULTNOMAH 80
The host Knights improved to 10-3 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference (16-6 overall), dropping the Owls to 9-5 CCC and 16-8.
Xavier Cannefax led 15th-ranked WPC with 24 points.
Warner Pacific is second in the league, just ahead of Southern Oregon (9-3) and Eastern Oregon (10-4). College of Idaho leads at 12-1.
Multnomah got 15 points each from Brett Blackstock, Ben Grandle and Trey Fountain in its home loss to SOU. But a 3-pointer by Tristen Holmes with 1.1 second remaining made the difference for the Raiders, who led for only a little more than two minutes in the game.
Portland kept up its strong stretch of offense and winning ways, posting a 107-93 victory at Dallas.
And the Blazers got a break in the race for NBA Western Conference playoff position, as the New Orleans Pelicans lost All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins reportedly for the rest of the season to a torn Achilles tendon.
After Friday night's results, Portland was seventh in the West at 27-22, a half-game behind New Orleans (27-21). Portland was 1 1/2 games ahead of eighth-place Denver (25-23). The Los Angeles Clippers were ninth at 24-24, one game behind Denver. Oklahoma City was fifth at 28-20, one game ahead of New Orleans.
Portland lost 5-2 at Kamloops in the first of three games in three nights against the Blazers.
The teams will play again at Kamloops at 7 p.m. Saturday, then meet at Moda Center at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Former Oregon Ducks star Aaron Wise and UO sophomore Norman Xiong missed the cut in the Farmers Insurance Open at San Diego, Calif.
Wise shot a 73 for an even-par 144 total. Xiong's 74 put him at 146. It took 143 or better to make it. Tiger Woods just did, with a birdie on his final hole. He is tied for 65th, 10 shots behind the leader, Ryan Palmer, who is at 11-under 133.
• Eugene's Caroline Inglis, a former Pac-12 champion at the University of Oregon, was 3-over through five holes and 5-over for the tournament when play was suspended because of high winds in the second round of LPGA Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.
The tournament has been shortened to 54 holes, to still conclude on Sunday.