Ducks advance, Beavers fall in Pac-12 men's tournament
COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Las Vegas, Nevada
Washington 78, USC 75
Colorado 73, Oregon State 58
Arizona State 83, UCLA 72
Oregon 66, Utah 54
The Oregon Ducks are still alive, but the Oregon State Beavers are not.
The sixth-seeded Ducks rallied to knock off No. 3 seed Utah, while No. 4 Oregon State fell way behind early and lost to No. 5 Colorado.
Oregon will meet Arizona State in the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. PT Friday. ASU, the No. 2 seed, bounced No. 7 UCLA 83-72.
The other Friday semifinal will have No. 1 Washington meeting Colorado at 6 p.m. PT.
The tournament final is 7:30 p.m. PT Saturday.
Oregon's win came shortly after the school announced that it had finalized a contract extention for coach Dana Altman that will run through the 2025-26 season. Altman is in his ninth season, all with winning records, as Ducks coach.
The Ducks held Utah to 34.0 percent from the field while shooting 43.9 percent.
Louis King and Payton Pritchard each tallied 20 points for Oregon, King with seven rebounds and Prtichard with five assists and four rebounds. King was 7 of 17 from the floor; Pritchard was 8 of 16.
Oregon trailed 24-18 at the half, then outscored the Utes 48-30. The Ducks took a 31-28 on Prtichard's three-point play at the 13:57 mark.
Utah was within 52-47 with three minutes remaining, but Oregon outscored the Utes 14-7 the rest of the way, with 8 of 10 free throws in the closing 1:11.
The Beavers never led and trailed by as many as 21 points (in the first half) as they bowed out of the tourney and slipped to 18-13.
Tres Tinkle of OSU led all scorers with 23 points, though he was 8 of 21 from the field.
Oregon State finished at 34.0 percent from the field, while Colorado shot 43.1 percent.
Ethan Thompson scored 16 points for the Beavers, and Stevie Thompson had 10. They were 4 of 12 and 3 of 10 from the floor, respectively.
Colorado climbed to 21-11.
• One day after his Washington State team lost 84-51 to Oregon in the first round of the Pac-12 tourney and finished 11-21, former UO coach Ernie Kent was fired by the Cougars.
Kent was 58-98 in five seasona with WSU. In Pac-12 play, the Cougars were 22-68. He had three years left on his contract and will receive $4.2 million for that.
Big Sky quarterfinals
At Boise, Idaho
Montana 79, Sacramento State 73
Weber State 81, Portland State 71
Southern Utah 83, Northern Colorado 64
Eastern Washington 90, Montana State 84
Portland State's season ended at 16-16 as the fifth-seeded Vikings fell to No. 4 Weber State.
The Viks had won seven of eight down the stretch to earn a bye into the Thursday quarterfinal round. But they never led by more than six points versus Weber State, and the Wildcats were on top for 30 minutes, 20 seconds and outscored PSU 47-37 in the second half after a 34-34 first half.
PSU shot just 27.0 percent from the field after intermission, going 3 of 15 from 3-point range, while WSU hit at a 46.4-percent clip over the final 20 minutes.
Point guard Holland Woods, a sophomore, led the Viks with 19 points. Jamie Orme added 15 and was the only other Portland State player in double figures. Robert McCoy paced the Vikings in rebounds with 12. Woods had a team-high five assists but also six of his team's 18 turnovers. PSU forced only 11 turnovers.
Weber State improved to 18-14. The Wildcats will face top-seeded Montana in Friday's semifinals.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Oregon's Ruthy Hebard is one of five finalists for the Katrina McClain Award, which goes to the top power forward in NCAA Division I.
Lauren Cox of Baylor, Reyna Frost of Central Michigan, Nepheesa Collier of Connecticut and Alanna Smith of Stanford also are up for the honor.
The winner will be announced on Thursday, April 4, at the Women's Final Four in Tampa, Florida.
Portland has signed returning defenders Emily Menges and Midge Purce and forwards Tyler Lussi and Ifeoma Onumonu.
Former Oregon Ducks star Aaron Wise's 1-under-par 71 left him in a tie for 53rd after one round of The Players Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley grabbed the lead with 65s, one ahead of Byeong Hun An and Brian Harman.
Another ex-Duck, Wyndham Clark, was disqualified for signing his scorecard for a a 7-over 79 (the highest score in the field) when his correct score was 80. He signed for a par on the fourth hole, but took five strokes on that hole.