Arizona stuns Oregon State men
COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Arizona 74, OREGON STATE 72
Devonaire Doutrive's put-back beat the final buzzer and lifted the Wildcats to the two-point win in front of 5,468 fans at Gill Coliseum.
The Beavers fell to 17-10, 9-6 in the Pac-12. Losses by OSU and Arizona State on Thursday clinched the regular-season Pac-12 title for Washington — even though the Huskies suffered a stunning loss at California against a Bears team that was winless in conference games.
Cal's win over Washington likely further harms the already gloomy chances that the Pac-12 will get more than one or two teams into the NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats won their third in a row, and Arizona improved to 17-12, 8-8.
Tres Tinkle scored a game-high 24 points for Oregon State. Ethan Thompson scored 18 points, and Stephen Thompson Jr. 17, including a game-tying drive after forcing a turnover with 24 seconds left.
With the last possession, Arizona's Justin Thompson put up a contested shot from the top of the key. It came up short, but Doutrive swept in from the free-throw line to grab the rebound and beat the buzzer.
The game featured eight lead changes and seven ties. Oregon State's largest lead was seven points early in the second half.
The Beavers were 25 of 31 from the foul line to outscore the Wildcats by 12 from the stripe.
Brandon Randolph led four Arizona players in double figures with 15 points.
The final play reflected the game, as the Wildcats outrebounded the Beavers 35-19 and scored 20 second-chance points.
OREGON 79, Arizona State 51,
The Ducks rolled at Matthew Knight Arena as the Sun Devils scored a season-low and Oregon dominated the boards against the top rebounding team in the Pac-12.
Louis King scored 19 points and Payton Pritchard 18 as the Ducks led by as many as 28 points. Ehab Amin added 11 points, three steals and five rebounds off the bench.
Oregon is 16-12, 7-8 in the Pac-12. Second-place ASU, which saw its conference championship chance end with the loss, is 19-9, 10-6.
Arizona State struggled to shoot well all night, and other than a brief 5-0 lead never threatened the Ducks. The Sun Devils finished 3 of 24 on 3-pointers (12.5 percent) as part of a 17-of-53 shooting night (32.1 percent). ASU scored a season-low 26 points in the first half, falling behind by eight, then managed only 25 points in the second half.
Besides their shooting woes, the Sun Devils were outrebounded 44-26 by the Ducks, who got 10 boards from freshman Francis Okoro.
Oregon plays its final regular-season home game at 7 p.m. Saturday against Arizona.
Portland State 67, IDAHO 65
At Moscow, Idaho, free-throw shooting helped the Vikings hold off the Vandals in a game that was close throughout.
The fifth consecutive win improved PSU to 14-14, 9-8 in the Big Sky. The Vikings are in a three-team tie for fifth place in the conference.
Idaho lost its 14th in a row and fell to 4-24, 1-16.
Portland State outscored Idaho 7-3 over the final three minutes to hang on after a baseline jumper by the Vandals' Trevon Allan missed at the buzzer.
Holland "Boo Boo" Woods scored 17 points to pace PSU. Sal Nuhu had 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. He was 7 for 7 from the foul line, including two late free throws that kept the Vikings in front, 66-63, with 17 seconds left.
Derek Brown scored 12 points and had five rebounds and two steals for the Viks.
Idaho led 36-29 at halftime, but Portland State forced Idaho into 11 of its 19 turnovers in the second half to fuel the comeback.
Portland State, Eastern Washington and Southern Utah are tied for fifth, a half-game behind fourth-place Montana State. PSU visits Eastern Washington at 2 p.m. Saturday before closing the regular season with home games against first-place Montana on March 7 and Montana State on March 9. The top five teams get a first-round bye at the Big Sky tournament.
SAINT MARY'S 65, Portland 48
At Morgana, California, the Gaels controlled the game start to finish as the Pilots lost their 16th consecutive game.
Portland is 7-23, 0-15 in the West Coast Conference. Saint Mary's is 20-10, 11-4 in conference games.
Marcus Shaver Jr. led Portland with 13 points.
Malik Fitts had 17 points and eight rebounds for Saint Mary's, which led by as many as 26 points in the second half.
The Pilots wrap up the regular season and shoot for their first conference win at 7 p.m. Saturday at Chiles Center against Santa Clara.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Idaho 81, PORTLAND STATE 68
The Vandals used 3-point shooting to improve their position atop the Big Sky and all but end the Vikings' hopes of a regular-season title.
Idaho improved to 17-9, 14-3 atop the Big Sky. Portland State fell to 20-6, 12-5 with three regular-season games remaining.
Idaho outscored Portland State 30-6 from behind the 3-point line and kept the Vikings on their heels with a series of runs at Viking Pavilion.
Idaho opened with a 12-0 run, opened the second quarter with an 8-0 burst and had an 8-0 run late in the third quarter.
Kylie Jimenez and Desirae Hanson each scored 15 points for the Vikings, and Sidney Rielly and Courtney West had 12 apiece. West added 15 rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Vandals had five players score in double figures, led by 22 points from Taylor Pierce, who was 6 for 17 from 3-point distance. Mikayla Ferenz became the Big Sky career scoring leader and finished with 14 points, Gina Marxen had 17 points and Isabelle Hadden hit three 15-foot jumpers early in the fourth quarter to keep the visitors' lead at double digits.
Portland State plays its final home game at 2 p.m. Saturday against Eastern Washington.
Loyola Marymount 70, PORTLAND 54
The Lions took command in the second quarter, outscoring the Pilots 17-7 to build a double-digit lead they enjoyed the rest of the way at Chiles Center.
Julie Spencer scored 16 points and was the only Portland player in double figures. Jayce Gorzeman had a team-high nine rebounds.
Portland is 12-16, 4-13 in the West Coast Conference. LMU is 17-12, 10-7.
The Pilots close the regular season at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at home against Pepperdine, part of a doubleheader with the men.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 6, Portland 5
At Nacogdoches, Texas, a six-run seventh inning rallied the Lumberjacks past the Pilots (6-3).
Hunter Montgomery went 2 for 4 with his third home run of the season and a double for Portland, which led 5-0 until Stephen F. Austin's big inning.
Eli Morse pitched six strong innings before consecutive solo homers opened the seventh inning for the Lumberjacks. Morse was responsible for four runs on five hits. He struck out seven without a walk. Christian Peters (0-1) took the loss in relief.
Florida 2, Oregon 1
In the first of two Thursday games at Fullerton, California, the No. 3-ranked Gators scored two unearned runs in the fifth inning to rally past the 20th-ranked Ducks.
Oregon pitcher Jordan Dial (9-1) struck out six and scattered six hits in her first loss of the season.
The Ducks managed only three hits against Florida ace Kelly Barnhill, but one was a solo home run in the top of the fifth from April Utecht, her third HR of the season.
CAL STATE FULLERTON 3, Oregon 2
Jasmine Sievers had an RBI single and Hannah Galy a bases-loaded walk to tie the game 2-2 in the fourth. Fullerton won it on a single past the shortstop with two out in the bottom of the seventh
Allee Bunker had two of the five hits for the Ducks (11-6).
Portland goalie Shane Farkas is the Western Hockey League Goaltender of the Month for February.
In five games, Farkas had four wins and one shootout loss and allowed 1.00 goals per game. A 19-year-old from Penticton, British Columbia, Farkas stopped 137 of 142 shots and had one shutout.
His 1.00 goals-against average and .965 save percentage led the league for the month.
Farkas shares goaltending chores for the Winterhawks with Joel Hofer. The Winterhawks play host to Spokane at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Coliseum.
Former Oregon Ducks Wyndham Clark and Ben Clark opened the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with good scores.
Crane fired a 2-under-par 68 to tie for 14th.
Clark had a 69 and was in a tie for 25th.
Jhonattan Vegas took the lead with a 6-under 64, two ahead of Zach Johnson, Ernie Els and Ben Silverman.
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
6A first round
Jefferson 103, Bend 66
At Coos Bay
De La Salle North Catholic 58, Sutherlin 45
Pleasant Hill 52, Nyssa 30
Dayton 52, Clatskanie 35
Amity 60, Santiam Christian 59
Columbia Christian 72, Kennedy 42
Knappa 53, Oakland 50
Toledo 68, Santiam 61
Western Christian 73, Lost River 42
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL
6A first round
Benson 79, Lakeridge 44
Century 68, St. Mary's Academy 44
Jesuit 57, Tualatin 41
Roosevelt 54, Oregon City 47
Grants Pass 43, Wilson 21
Southridge 69, David Douglas 19
Grant 63, Glencoe 39
Central Catholic 38, McMinnville 32
West Linn 63, Cleveland 43
At Coos Bay
Clatskanie 35, Oregon Episcopal 27
Burns 57, Brookings-Harbor 40
Blanchet Catholic 46, Vale 35
Salem Academy 42, Warrenton 26
Kennedy 39, Central Linn 31
Coquille 54. Grant Union 36
Heppner 48, Oakland 39
Enterprise 37, Vernonia 31
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