Ducks surprise Sun Devils
Oregon 76, ARIZONA STATE 72
ARIZONA 62, Oregon State 53
PORTLAND STATE 93, Montana State 74
GONZAGA 103, Portland 57
SEATTLE PACIFIC 74, Concordia 72
• Is this a turning point for the Oregon Ducks?
At Tempe, Arizona, Oregon scored a road win over a top-15 opponent for the first time since 2007, overcoming a double-digit first-half deficit to sink 11th-ranked Arizona State.
The Ducks did it by scoring inside (38-16 advantage in the paint), by sharing the basketball (17 assists of 28 field goals), and by limiting the Sun Devils to a season low in points.
Payton Pritchard and Elijah Brown each scored 18 points for Oregon (12-5, 2-2 Pac-12).
Mikyle McIntosh had 12 points and 13 rebounds in a strong performance after Kenny Wooten got into early foul trouble. And Roman Sorkin provided a big lift with 13 points off the bench.
Oregon coach Dana Altman said he challenged his team following last week's loss at Oregon State to "do the tough things" and to take good shots.
"Tonight I thought we did a better job of shot selection, making plays for each other," Altman said. "And I thought we did a really good job of battling on the boards."
Kodi Justice led ASU (13-3, 1-3) with 21 points and made a couple of high-difficulty shots down the stretch to help keep the Sun Devils within striking distance down to the final seconds.
Tra Holder, the top scorer in the Pac-12 at 22 points per game, was limited to 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting. He also was 4 for 7 at the foul line.
Shannon Evans II added 19 points for ASU, pulling the Sun Devils with 74-72 with 17.5 seconds left when he nailed a tough 3-pointer from the left corner.
But Pritchard hit two free throws with 13 seconds left, and the Devils did not get another clean look.
Pritchard finished with six assists, four rebounds and only one turnover. The sophomore from West Linn drew praise from Altman for his leadership.
After making 16 of 20 free throws in the first half, the Sun Devils were only 6 of 11 from the line in the second half and missed a couple down the stretch with the Ducks nursing the lead.
A 3-pointer by Elijah Brown with 8:30 left put Oregon ahead 61-58 and the Ducks led the rest of the way.
Paul White drove for a three-point play to give Oregon its largest lead at 68-60 with 4:04 left. ASU scored five quick points to get the crowd of 13,693 excited at Wells Fargo Arena, but McIntosh scored a put-back basket off a tip-rebound from White and Elijah Brown scored a run-out dunk off an up-floor pass from Troy Brown to put Oregon up seven with 1:54 remaining.
The Ducks trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, but went on a 14-2 run to close the half and earn a 41-41 halftime tie.
"Our togetherness, our communication was so much better tonight," Altman said. "I hope it gives our young guys, our new guys an indication of what they can do."
Next for the Ducks is an 11 a.m. Saturday visit to Tucson to face Arizona.
• At Tucson, Oregon State led by one with eight minutes left, but 17th-ranked Arizona turned up its defense and took command down the stretch.
The Beavers (10-6, 2-2 Pac-12) wee led by 18 points from Tres Tinkle and 12 points and three steals from Stephen Thompson Jr.
Oregon State led 39-38 on a transition dunk from Thompson with 7:59 on the block. A blocked shot and quick outlet pass by Drew Eubanks created that basket.
The Wildcats (13-4, 3-1) scored the next 10 points, hitting two layups, a jumper in the key and four foul shots. They pushed their lead to 12 on a 3-pointer from Rawle Alkins with 4:10 on the clock. Oregon State was never closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Alonzo Trier led Arizona with 21 points, scoring 15 of them in the second half. Deandre Ayton added 14 points and 10 rebounds and made his presence felt down the stretch at both ends of the floor.
Oregon State led by as many as 10 points in the first half.
The Beavers shot 39.3 percent from the floor, 43 percent on 3-pointers. They were 3 for 8 from the foul line.
The Wildcats shot 41.5 percent from the floor, 28.6 on 3-pointers.
Alkins finished with 11 points for the Wildcats and also made three of Arizona's nine steals.
Eubanks finished with eight points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and two assists for the Beavers.
Oregon State plays at Arizona State at 3 p.m. Saturday.
• In its first home game in Big Sky play, Portland State rediscovered its shooting touch. The result was a 19-point win over Montana State for the Vikings, who were without three contributors because of illness.
PSU built a double-digit lead early and maintained it throughout in the game played in front of 787 fans at Lewis & Clark. The Vikings (12-5, 2-2 Big Sky) had five players score in double figures, led by 22 points from Deontae North. Michael Mayhew added a career-high 18 points, all on 3-pointers (6-9).
Bryce Canda, Ryan Edwards and Deante Strickland each scored 11 points for PSU.
The Vikings dressed nine players. Forwards Brandon Hollins, Traylin Farris and Jamie Orme were ill.
"It's extremely gratifying, and I'm proud of how our guys responded (to the short roster). We don't care who plays, so whoever is suited up is going to have an opportunity to contribute and win," PSU coach Barret Peery said. "We were without two seniors and a junior, but our guys didn't miss a beat."
The Vikings scored 24 points off of 21 Bobcats turnovers. The Viks made 10 steals and had assists on 22 of 34 field goals. Freshman guard Holland Woods led the way with nine assists.
Tyler Hall scored 16 points to lead Montana State (11-7, 4-1).
Portland State is back at Lewis & Clark at 1 p.m. Saturday to take on Montana (5-0 Big Sky).
• At Spokane, Washington, Jefferson High grad Silas Melson helped 14th-ranked Gonzaga bury the Portland Pilots.
Melson scored a career-high 23 points, making 7 of 12 3-pointers as the Bulldogs (15-3, 5-0 West Coast Conference) strolled to the 46-point win.
Freshman guard Marcus Shaver Jr. led Portland (6-12, 0-5) with 16 points off the bench.
Gonzaga led 45-29 at halftime and opened the second half with a 16-8 surge that included four 3-pointers from Melson.
The Bulldogs dominated inside, outscoring the Pilots 50-16 in the paint. All 12 players scored for Gonzaga.
Portland will shoot for its first conference win on Saturday, when Pacific visits the Chiles Center. Coached by former Trail Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire, the Tigers come to Portland off wins over BYU and San Diego.
• At Seattle, a tip-in by Nathan Streufert with 23 seconds left broke a tie and lifted host Seattle Pacific to a two-point win over Concordia.
The Cavaliers' Jarret Gray, who scored 27 points, missed a 3-point attempt with six seconds left.
Concordia is 4-11, 0-7 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. SPU (10-4, 5-2) had four players score in double figures and rode a 40-25 rebounding advantage to the win.