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OREGON 66, Boise State 54
With star freshman Bol Bol out (left foot injury), the Ducks surged in the second half to beat the Broncos at Matthew Knight Arena.
Payton Pritchard scored 19 points and made three steals as Oregon improved to 7-3. Paul White added 14 points and Victor Bailey Jr. 13.
Bol, the Ducks' top scorer (21.0 points per game) and rebounder (9.6) was on the bench with his left foot in a protective boot. Oregon said only that Bol's injury will be evaluated next week.
Trailing by four points at halftime, the Ducks played with more energy in the second half and wore down the Broncos around the basket. Most telling was a 21-8 rebounding edge after halftime for Oregon.
Boise State (4-6) led 28-24 at halftime, with Alex Hobbs scoring 16 points. Hobbs was limited to five points in the second half.
Oregon finished 21 for 43 from the field, including 4 of 14 on 3-pointers. The Ducks were 20 for 25 from the foul line. They had only seven assists and 12 turnovers.
Oregon will play its final nonconference home game at 3 p.m. Tuesday against Florida A&M. The Ducks then visit Baylor on Dec. 21 and Boise State on Dec. 29.
Texas A&M 67, Oregon State 64
A 9-0 run late in the second half keyed the Aggies' win over the Beavers in front of 5,802 fans at Moda Center.
Oregon State (6-3) led by one with 5:19 to play. Texas A&M (4-4) ran off nine points to lead 65-57 with 3:36 to play. The Aggies made only two foul shots the rest of the way, but the Beavers couldn't complete a rally.
Oregon State climbed within three points twice in the final minute but missed a pair of foul shots down the stretch and failed to convert a series of close looks after a Tres Tinkle steal with 14 second left in a three-point game.
Ethan Thompson's 20 points led the Beavers' scoring. Tinkle had 17 points and six boards, but struggled through a 1-for-8 night on 3-pointers and made six of OSU's 19 turnovers.
The Beavers shot only 34.4 percent from the field (21 of 61), including an 8 of 27 from 3-pointer distance. Stephen Thompson Jr. went 2 for 11 from the floor and was 1 of 7 on 3s.
Alfred Hollins had 10 rebounds for OSU.
TJ Starks led Texas A&M with 18 points, five of them during the decisive nine-point burst.
Oregon State plays its three remaining nonconference games at Corvallis, beginning with a 7 p.m. Monday visit from Pepperdine.
Loyola Marymount 85, PORTLAND STATE 58
The Vikings could not keep pace with the visiting Lions, who improved to 10-1 with a convincing win at Viking Pavilion.
Portland State (5-5) lost in its new home for the first time (4-1) and was never closer than 13 points in the second half after trailing by 18 at halftime.
LMU freshman Dameane Douglas hit a shot from about 80 feet as time expired in the first half. PSU's Holland Woods lost the ball while driving to the basket, and Douglas recovered the ball and hit a shot from his defensive key to make the halftime score 43-25.
Poor shooting again hurt the Vikings. Portland State was 17 of 49 from the floor (34.7 percent) and 4 of 19 on 3-pointers (21.1 percent). The Viks missed 10 foul shots (20 of 30).
Four players scored in double figures for LMU, led by 26 points from James Batemon.
Woods and Rashaad Goolsby each had 12 points for PSU.
PSU was 8 of 23 in the first half, including 2 of 10 on 3-pointers. LMU scored 19 points off 12 Portland State turnovers in the first half.
Portland State will play host to Cal State Bakersfield at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Grambling State 70, PORTLAND 58
At Chiles Center, cold shooting in the second half doomed the Pilots. Portland (6-6) led by one point at the half, but made only one 3-pointer (on 15 attempts) the rest of the way.
Portland managed only 23 second-half points.
Marcus Shaver Jr. finished with 14 points, JoJo Walker 12 and Hugh Hogland 11 for the Pilots.
Grambling State (5-6) had four players score in double figures. The Tigers led most of the second half.
Portland cut a 10-point deficit to four with 2:12 on the clock and had a transition opportunity to get closer, but was called for an offensive foul.
A 3-pointer by Anthony Gaston pushed the Grambling State lead to seven with 1:15 remaining.
Portland remains home to play host to Seattle at 7 p.m. Monday.
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Texas A&M 76, Oregon State 70
The free-throw line was the difference as the Aggies knocked off the eighth-ranked Beavers in the Maui Classic championship game at Lahaina, Maui.
Texas A&M (8-2) outscored Oregon State (8-2) 17-8 from the foul line and held on after the Beavers rallied in the fourth quarter to pull even. The Aggies were 17 of 21 from the line while the Beavers were 8 of 15.
Katie McWilliams scored 19 points (on 9-of-13 shooting) to lead Oregon State. Mikayla Pivec had 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Guard Chennedy Carter led Texas A&M with 27 points, and Kayla Wells scored 20. N'dea Jones grabbed 20 of the Aggies' 33 rebounds.
Oregon State returns to Corvallis to face Duke at 7 p.m. Thursday.
PORTLAND STATE 58, UNLV 49
At Viking Pavilion, Portland State stepped up its defense down the stretch to improve to 8-0.
The Vikings closed on a 20-5 run, despite missing a series of free throws that could have made the finish more comfortable.
Ashley Bolston had 17 points, six rebounds and four steals to lead the Viks, and Sidney Rielly 13 points and three steals.
Kylie Jimenez made three of her six steals in the fourth quarter.
UNLV (1-8) had a 43-33 rebounding edge and turned 17 offensive boards into 14 second-chance points.
The Viks' final nonconference game is 7 p.m. Tuesday at home against UC Irvine.
MULTNOMAH 66, Walla Walla 55
Kayla Alvarez scored 17 points and Alaygza Portis 15 to lead the Lions to the Cascade Collegiate Conference win at Jim Skagen Court. Multnomah (7-6, 3-2 CCC) led by as many as 25 points.
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