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Jan. 7 sports update: Oregon falls at Colorado, Portland loses at San Francisco in college men's basketball games

Chris DuarteCollege men's basketball — Oregon (8-2, 3-1 Pac-12) remains winless all-time at Boulder, Colorado.

On Thursday afternoon, Jan. 7, the Ducks struggled in multiple phases in a 79-72 loss to the Colorado Buffaloes that halted an eight-game Oregon win streak.

Oregon coach Dana Altman blamed himself for not calling a timeout during Colorado's 14-2 start to the second half. But Altman also pointed to a lack of transition defense (Colorado had 26 fast-break points) and a stagnant offense (eight assists, 14 turnovers) as his team's undoing.

Chris Duarte tried to give the Ducks a shot, scoring 27 points and grabbing six rebounds. Eugene Omoruyi had 18 points and six rebounds.

Colorado had four players in double figures, led by 21 from McKinley Wright (14 in the second half).

Oregon visits Utah for a 6:30 p.m. game Saturday.

• The Ducks' game against UCLA has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Matthew Knight Arena. the game will be on ESPN2.

• San Francisco 88, Portland 64 — The Pilots led 43-41 at halftime of their West Coast Conference opener, but the Dons dominated the second half, scoring the first 12 points out of the break and outscoring Portland 47-21.

USF (8-5, 2-1 WCC) , which has a win over Virginia this season, hit 10 of 26 3-pointers after halftime.

Isaiah Dasher scored 17 points and Ahmed Ali 13 for the Pilots (6-4, 0-1), who return home for a slated 5 p.m. Saturday game against top-ranked Gonzaga (ROOT Sports TV).

• Portland State has added a Saturday game against Northwest Nazarene. Tipoff is slated for 12:05 p.m. at the Viking Pavilion. The game replaces a canceled game against Sacramento State.

PSU (2-4) has not played since Dec. 22 and has had four consecutive Big Sky Conference games canceled because of COVID-19 issues for their opponent.

Northwest Nazarene has not yet played. The NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference is not playing this season.

College women's basketball — Portland State outscored Sacramento State 11-9 in overtime to win 66-64 on Thursday at Viking Pavilion.

Desirae Hansen scored 21 points to lead PSU (2-3, 1-2 Big Sky). Kylie Jimenez had 15 points, seven assists and four steals. Tatiana Streun scored four of her six points early in overtime.

Portland State never trailed and led by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter, but an eight-minute scoreless stretch in the fourth quarter gave Sacramento State (0-6, 0-3) life.


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