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THURSDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/PSU men, women both beat Northern Arizona; Pilots women take BYU to the wire

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL

PORTLAND STATE 103, Northern Arizona 94

The Vikings shot well and used an old standby (points offf turnovers) to down the visiting Lumberjacks.

PSU had 19 of their 20 points off turnovers on the way to a 58-44 halftime lead at Viking Pavilion.

The Viks also shot 59.1 percent from the field.

Holland Woods (27 points, 10 assists, six rebounds), Michael Nuga (22 points) and Sal Nuhu (20 points, eight rebounds) led the way for PSU (10-14 overall). Woods had game highs in points and assists.

NAU fell to 7-17.

The conference standings, through Thursday:

Montana 11-2, Northern Colorado 11-3, Weber State 9-5, Montana State 9-5, Southern Utah 7-7, Eastern Washington 6-6, Idaho State 5-9, Northern Arizona 5-9, Sacramento State 5-8, Portland State 5-8, Idaho 1-12.

SAINT MARTIN'S 73, Concordia 41

At Lacey, Washington, the NCAA Division II Saints outscored the Cavaliers 39-16 in the first half and upped their record to 20-3 (13-2 Great Northwest Athletic Conference).

The Cavs slipped to 9-14, 4-11 GNAC.

Cody Starr's 12 points paced Concordia.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Portland State 74, NORTHERN ARIZONA 59

At Flagstaff, Arizona, the Vikings got good defense and balanced scoring as they maintained their status as a Big Sky title contender

Overall, PSU is 18-4, NAU 8-15.

The Viks got off to a fast start, leading 15-3 after 4:43.

At the half, Portland State had a 35-20 advantage, 5 of 12 from 3-point range to the Lumberjacks' 0 for 4.

NAU cut the gap to 53-43 after three quarters with a 17-3 run and cut its deficit to 45-41, but the Vikings held off the Lumberjacks.

Sidney Rielly and Courtney West each had 16 points and five rebounds for Portland State. Desirae Hansen scored 11 points, and Jordan Stotler added 10 with a team-high seven rebounds.

Northern Arizona shot 36.2 percent from the field. PSU hit 41.0 percent and had a 23-10 lead in points off turnovers, forcing 16 while making only eight.

Through Thursday, the Big Sky standings were as follows:

Idaho 10-2, Idaho State 11-3, Portland State 10-3, Northern Colorado 10-4, Montana State 7-7, Montana 6-7, Eastern Washington 6-7, Sacramento State 6-8, Northern Arizona 4-10, Southern Utah 3-11, Weber State 2-12.

BYU 70, PORTLAND 69

At Chiles Center, UP gave West Coast Conference title contender Brigham Young a battle and even had a last shot for what would have been a huge upset.

After BYU won the first quarter 28-12, the Pilots took the second 25-9 to pull even at 37-37. BYU led 52-50 through three quarters.

A 3-pointer by Kate Andersen of the Pilots cut BYU's lead down the stretch to 70-69 with 42 seconds remaining.

The Cougars missed a layup and turned over the ball after getting the rebound, and the Pilots called a timeout with 11 seconds to go. But a final shot by Julie Spencer was blocked, and time ran out.

Spencer had game highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds. She was 7 of 18 from the field and 11 of 12 at the free-throw line.

Maddie Muhlheim added 14 points and Andersen 12 for UP.

The Pilots fell to 2-11 in the WCC and 10-14 for the season.

The Cougars improved to 11-3, 19-6.

Gonzaga, which won at home 71-44 against San Diego, leads the WCC at 12-1 (23-2).

ALASKA ANCHORAGE 71, Concordia 47

The 10th-ranked Seawolves posted their 15th consecutive win.

The Cavaliers (11-12 overall, 6-9 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference) shot 31.4 percent from the field and were led by Olivia Vezaldenos' 15 points. The Cavs remained tied for sixth in their league, with Montana State Billings and Seattle Pacific; the top six finishers make the conference tournament March 7-9 at Bellingham, Washington.

Alaska Anchorage, which hit at a 42.2-percent clip from the floor, is 22-1 overall and 14-1 in the GNAC.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The Oregon athletics department said it has reached an agreement with now-former defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt on a multiyear payment of up to $2.5 million as he leaves the program and the Ducks search for his replacement.

NBA

The league has fined Golden State coach Steve Kerr $25,000 for "verbally abusing and confronting a game official" on Wednesday at Moda Center.

The incident, which began with Kerr assessed two technical fouls and ejected, took place with 3:54 remaining and the Warriors trailing the Trail Blazers. Portland went on to win 129-107.

WEB.COM TOUR

Veteran Scott Harrington, a former Jesuit High golfer, fired a 5-under-par 67 in his first event of the season and was tied for 16th in the LECOM Suncoast Classic at Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

Rookie Norman Xiong from the University of Oregon had a 72, good for a share of 89th.

Maverick McNealy and J.T. Griffin were 8-under (McNealy in the clubhouse, Griffin through 15 holes) and atop the leaderboard when play was suspended because of darkness.


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