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SATURDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Portland State extends its win streak to four; Pilots men lose another close one; PSU women win

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL

Oregon State 67, USC 62

The Beavers improved their chances of making the top four in the final Pac-12 standings — and getting a first-round bye in the conference tournament — with the win at Los Angeles.

Stevie Thompson Jr. had 11 points to help the Beavers lead 31-27 at halftime.

The game was tied at 53-53 with just over four minutes left, but in the final burst by OSU, Tres Tinkle hit four of four at the foul line to push the lead to five and extend his streak of consecutive games scoring in double figures to 60.

Tinkle finished with 14 points and game highs of 13 rebounds and seven assists. Thompson and Kylor Kelley led Oregon State with 15 points apiece, and Ethan Thompson added 12.

OSU raised its season record to 17-9 and went to 9-5 in the Pac-12.

Pac-12 standings through Saturday: Washington 13-1, Arizona State 9-5, Oregon State 9-5, USC 8-7, Utah 9-6, Colorado 7-8, UCLA 8-7, Stanford 7-7, Oregon 6-8, Arizona 6-8, Washington State 4-10 and California 0-14.

UCLA 90, Oregon 83

The Ducks put together a strong first half, and then a very poor second half, in Los Angeles.

The Bruins trailed by as many as 19 points early in the second half, after being down 44-28 at the half.

After the break, UCLA shot 65.5 percent from the field to Oregon's 38.7 percent. The Bruins were 10 of 13 from 3-point range in their 62-point second half.

Oregon fell with another thud to 6-8 in the Pac-12 and 15-12 overall.

The Bruins rose to 8-7, 15-13.

Paul White (18 points), Kenny Wooten (16 points, nine rebounds), Payton Pritchard (84 points, eight assists), Victor Bailey Jr. (13 points) and Louis King (10 points, seven rebounds) led Oregon.

PORTLAND STATE 65, Sacramento State 57

The Vikings shot only 35.7 percent from the field, but held the Hornets to 32.0 percent and led for all but 6:47 in winning their fourth game in a row.

PSU improved to 8-8 in the Big Sky and 13-14 overall.

Sac State dropped to 6-10, 12-13.

The Viks are 10-4 overall at home this season, with six consecutive victories at Viking Pavilion.

The Vikings led 36-31 after one half.

Sal Nuhu led PSU with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Jaime Orme and Holland Woods each added 11 points for the Vikings.

The top five finishers in conference will have first-round byes in the league tournament, March 11-16 at Boise, Idaho.

The Big Sky standings through Saturday: Montana 13-2, Northern Colorado 11-4, Weber State 10-6, Montana State 9-7, Eastern Washington 9-7, Southern Utah 9-8, Portland State 8-8, Northern Arizona 7-10, Sacramento State 6-10, Idaho State 5-11 and Idaho 1-15.

The Vikings have four games left in the regular season, visits to Idaho and Eastern Washington and then home games versus Montana and Montana State.

PEPPERDINE 86, Portland 80

The Pilots have been coming close lately, and they did again Saturday, but Pepperdine rallied from a 38-35 halftime deficit with 51 points to deny UP its first league win of the season.

The Pilots are 0-14 in the West Coast Conference and 7-22 overall.

The Waves are 6-9, 13-16.

Josh McSwiggan's six 3-pointers and 20 points led the Pilots at Malibu, California. Marcus Shaver Jr. added 17 points for a Portland team that has lost 15 games in a row.

Northwest Nazarene 79, CONCORDIA 78 (OT)

The host Cavaliers nearly pulled off an upset in their final home game of the season at LCEF Court.

Jarrett Gray's game-high 22 points led Concordia, and he added team highs of nine rebounds and seven assists.

The host Cavaliers trailed 11-0 and then 38-30 at the half before storming back.

A rare 3-pointer by Dominique Bradley pulled the Cavs to within 71-69 with 56.5 seconds remaining. He then made a put-back with 24.5 seconds left to tie the game.

The 25th-ranked Nighhawks played for a last shot but were called for a charge with 3.1 seconds to go. A try by Gray from nearly half-court fell short at the regulation buzzer.

In OT, down 79-78, the Cavs muffed a chance to go ahead with a traveling call. NNU missed at the other end, though, and the ball went out of bounds to CU with 12.1 seconds on the clock. The best Concordia could get, though, was a long 3 at the buzzer by Starr that hit the front of the rim.

Concordia is 4-14 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and 9-17 overall.

Northwest Nazarene is 14-4, 19-5.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Portland State 75, SACRAMENTO STATE 57

Ashley Bolston's 22 points and a PSU defense that held the Hornets to 31.3 percent from the field were keys as the Vikings hit the 20-win mark (12-4 in the Big Sky and 20-5 overall).

Sacramento State slipped to 6-10, 10-14.

Bolston sank 5 of 9 shots from 3-point range and added a team-high six assists.

The Big Sky standings through Saturday: Idaho 13-3, Idaho State 13-4, Portland State 12-4, Northern Arizona 11-4, Montana State 9-7, Montana 7-8, Eastern Washington 8-8, Sacramento State 6-10, Northern Arizona 5-12, Southern Utah 3-14, Weber State 2-15.

SANTA CLARA 106, Portland 68

The Broncos led nearly all the way and be as many as 46 points.

The Pilots fell to 4-12 in the West Coast Conference and 12-15 for the season.

The Broncos improved to 5-11, 12-15.

Julie Spencer led UP with 14 points and seven rebounds.

CONCORDIA 75, Montana State Billings 61

The Cavaliers solidified their league tourney hopes with the win at home. Concordia outscored the Yellowjackets 18-6 in the first quarter and then 24-18 in the third to take a 59-46 lead into the final 10 minutes.

Keesha Sarman (20 points, five assists, five rebounds) and Erin Higbie (17 points, seven rebounds) helped pace the Cavs.

Concordia is 9-9 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and 14-12 overall.

MSU Billings is 7-11, 11-13.

The top six finishers in the GNAC advance to the league tournament. The top six through Saturday are Alaska Anchorage 17-1, Northwest Nazarene 17-1, Simon Fraser 13-5, Central Washington 11-7, Western Washington 9-9 and Concordia 9-9, with MSU Billings 7-11 and Seattle Pacific 7-11.

Concordia's remaining regular-season games are both at home — 7 p.m. Thursday versus Saint Martin's and 2 p.m. Saturday against Seattle Pacific.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Oregon State 17, Nebraska 1

The Beavers scored two touchdowns and a field goal — not really. But they had 18 hits, including a career-high four by leadoff man Kyler McMahan.

The win clinched a series victory, with the Beavs going to 3-0 against the Cornhuskers with the fourth and final game of the set due up at 8 a.m. PT at Surprise, Arizona.

OSU (7-0), which won a doubleheader Friday 8-2, 5-3, also got five-hit, one-run pitching from senior starter Sam Tweedt (1-0).

McMahan had two of Oregon State's five extra-base hits (all doubles), and OSU batters walked seven times.

Oregon State scored one run in the first inning, five in the third, four in the fourth, one in the sixth, two in the seventh and four in the eighth.

Nebraska, which used five pitchers, fell to 3-4.

OREGON 6-5, Saint Mary's 2-4

The Ducks swept a doubleheader at PK Park, improving to 4-2 and dropping the Gaels to 4-3.

In Saturday's first game, Aaron Zavala was 3 for 4 with two RBIs, Kyle Froemke drove in two runs and Cameron Campbell homered.

In Game 2 on Saturday, the biggest blow was the three-run home run in the fifth by Gabe Matthews. It put Oregon in front 4-3. The Ducks added a run in the inning on a fielder's choice. Cullen Kafka (1-0) picked up the victory, exiting after a six-inning start in which he allowed three runs on five hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts. Brett Walker pitched a perfect closing two innings for his first save of 2019.

Oregon also took the series opener 3-2 on Friday. The finale is noon Sunday.

UT RIO GRANDE VALLEY 2, Portland 1

Portland's three-game win streak came to an end, and the Pilots slipped to 5-2, despite holding the Vaqueros to five hits

The Pilots' final game of the Al Ogletree Classic at Edinburg, Texas is 9 a.m. PT Sunday against North Dakota State.

UTRGV (4-3) scored its runs in the second inning. Portland scored in the third, when Matt Kelly doubled and scored on Chad Stevens' single. The Pilots finished with eight hits.

UP starter Kevin Baker (1-0) worked five innings and gave up four hits. Morgan White allowed one hit over three innings.

BRITISH COLUMBIA 3-7, Concordia 0-5

The visiting Cavaliers dropped both ends of an exhibition doubleheader in Canada.

Pacific 4-7, LEWIS & CLARK 0-3

The visiting Boxers (8-3, six-game win streak) swept a doubleheader at the Huston Sports Complex on Palatine Hill, with the second game going 14 innings.

Three hits, two walks and a hit batter led to Pacific scoring four times in the top of the 14th of the nightcap. The Pioneers stranded 15 runners.

In Saturday's first game, the Boxers scored one run in the first inning and three in the seventh and held the Pioneers to five hits. L&C starter Dominic Monozon (0-2) allowed eight hits in eight innings.

The Pios (0-7) outhit Pacific 9-8 in the second game

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Oregon 7, Texas A&M 5

Texas Tech 5, Oregon 0

The 17th-ranked Ducks (10-4) split two games, falling to No. 23 Texas Tech in their nightcap.

Against Texas A&M, Jordan Dail (8-0) went all the way on the mound, and Oregon rallied from a 4-2 deficit to win in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Cathedral City, California. Shayne Bowden was 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs, and Lexi Wagner went 2 for 3 and drove in two runs. Dail gave up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out five.

Oregon then managed only three hits, all singles, versus Texas Tech.

The Ducks' final game of the tourney is 9 a.m. Sunday against UC Santa Barbara.

Oregon State 2, Cal Baptist 0

The Beavers improved to 11-2, including 3-0 in the University of the Pacific Libby Matson Tournament in Stockton, California.

Two first-inning runs accounted for all the scoring and came on Missy Nunes' RBI double and a later passed ball.

OSU had six hits while CBU (2-8) was held to two by Mariam Mazon (5-2), who went the distance without a walk and struck out nine.

OSU will end its tourney play at 10 a.m. Sunday against host Pacific.

Portland State 5, UNLV 3

The Vikings, who lost 9-0 in six innings to UNLV on Friday, bounced back to beat the Rebels at Riverside, California. PSU (5-7) started a three-run second inning with a catcher's interference and three consecutive singles, and the Viks added a run in the fourth for a 4-0 lead. UNLV (10-3) also gave up a sixth-inning home run to Riley Casper, who was 2 for 3 and had two RBIs. Sala Pedebone finished 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Vikings

The Viks are scheduled to play two on Sunday, meeting Maryland at 9 a.m. and host UC Riverside at 2 p.m.

CONCORDIA 8, Northwest 0 (5 innings)

Mckenzie Smith (2-3) tossed a five-inning two-hitter, with four walks and four strikeouts, and three Cavaliers (Smith, Ali Steen and Paityn Willoughby) had two hits apiece in a 10-hit attack in

Cavalier Classic game at Porter Park on the school's Northeast Portland campus.

Smith also had two RBIs and a double, and Hannah Self homered in the fourth for Concordia's final run.

Concordia (5-8) will play its final game of the tourney at 9 a.m. Sunday against Simpson (California).

COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD

Portland State had two athletes score in the final day of the Big Sky indoor championships at Bozeman, Montana.

Heptathlon champion Donte Robinson came back to place sixth in the pole vault with a PR of 15-2 1/4, and Natalie Cummings was eighth in the women's 60 meters in 7.76 (after posting a PR 7.67 in the prelims).

COLLEGE MEN'S TENNIS

San Diego State 5, Portland 2

The Pilots dropped to 3-6 with the loss at Seattle. No. 1 singles player Sema Pankin won for UP, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6.

PORTLAND STATE 6, Montana State 1

The Vikings improved to 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the Big Sky, winning at Vancouver Tennis Center.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S GOLF

Portland State was 13th out of 20 teams when second-round play was suspended at the Grand Canyon Invitational in Phoenix. The round was delayed by morning frost. The tournament is set to conclude on Sunday.

COLLEGE ACROBATICS AND TUMBLING

OREGON 277.755, Arizona Christian 247.745

The No. 2-ranked Ducks won at Matthew Knight Arena in the teams' first meeting.

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL

Class 3A first round

Vale 62, RIVERDALE 49

Oregon Episcopal School 40, PLEASANT HILL 36

Class 2A first round

Enterprise 45, PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 34

TRACK AND FIELD

Ryan Crouser, the former Barlow High star, had been struggling for weeks with a fever and sore throat. He thought about pulling out of the U.S. championships. But he toughed it out and dominated in the shot put, capturing the national title at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Facility in Staten Island, N.Y.

Crouser's winning heave of 72 feet, 10 3/4 inches was the ninth-best ever indoors and close to his 2019-leading mark of 73-3 1/4. He had the four longest throws in the competition.

Rival Joe Kovacs was was second at 70-2 1/2.

In the women's mile, Colleen Quigley of Bowerman Track Club won in 4 minutes, 29.47 seconds, leading club teammate Shelby Houlihan all the way in the stretch. Houlihan was second in 4:29.92.

PGA TOUR

Aaron Wise, former NCAA champion at Oregon, was tied for 30th through three rounds of the World Golf Championship-Mexico Championship in Mexico City. His par 71 in the third round gave him a 54-hole total of 1-under 212.

Dustin Johnson remained the leader. He shot 66 for a 197 total and four-shot edge on second-place Rory McIlroy.

• Two ex-Ducks are in the top 10 going into the final round of the Puerto Rico Open. Wyndham Clark is tied for fourth, three strokes behind the leader, Aaron Baddeley, and Ben Crane is tied for ninth, four off the pace. Clark had a 3-under 69 in the third round for a 9-under 207 total. Crane shot 71 and was at 208.


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