Thursday was a tough day for area college basketball teams — particularly those facing the Arizona Wildcats. Arizona smothered Oregon in women's basketball and the Wildcats buried Oregon State in a men's game.
College men's basketball — Bennedict Mathurin scored 31 points and Jordan Brown 25 as Arizona ran away from Oregon State for a 98-64 win at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.
Arizona's 15-0 run at the start of the game pretty much determined the outcome. The Wildcats (10-3, 4-3 Pac-12) led 47-21 at halftime.
It was Oregon State's first game in 10 days because of COVID-19 protocols.
For Oregon State (5-5, 1-3), Ethan Thompson had 13 points and Jarod Lucas 12.
Arizona shot 57.4%, including hiting eight of 17 3-pointers with Mathurin making six of his seven 3s.
• Montana State 71, Portland State 64 — A late 8-0 run proved decisive as Montana State beat visiting Portland State Thursday in Big Sky Conference play.
James Scott had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Vikings (2-6, 1-2). Elijah Hardy scored 17 points off the bench.
Mike Hood had 19 points to lead Montana State (6-3, 3-0).
Portland State was hurt by poor foul shooting (11 for 20) from the foul line.
The Vikings were within one with 5:22 left, but went more than five minutes without a field goal as the Bobcats scored eight in a row.
The same teams play again Saturday at Bozeman, Montana.
• San Francisco 79, Portland 63 — The visiting Dons led by as many as 23 points in the second half, beating the Pilots for the second time in eight days.
Portland led by eight in the first half, but San Francisco (9-6, 3-2 WCC) used a 13-0 run to close the first half to lead 43-30 at the break.
Eddie Davis had 20 points for Portland (6-6, 0-3).
College women's basketball — Oregon's youth was glaring in a nationally televised 57-41 loss Thursday at 11th-ranked Arizona.
The No. 10-ranked Ducks wilted from the start, falling behind 14-2 and never putting up a significant challenge. Oregon scored only seven points in the first quarter and only five in the third quarter as Arizona's defensive pressure had Oregon on its heels.
"We can't be great front-runners. Last week we put 100 up on Cal. I know Cal's not Arizona, but … we've got to be able to win tough, hard-nosed, drag-out games," Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. "And we played young today. I coached young. I didn't have them prepared."
The Ducks didn't handle Arizona's active defense, in the half court or full court. Oregon had 23 turnovers and only six assists. The Wildcats had 14 steals.
Star senior Ari McDonald had 16 points and four steals for Arizona (9-2, 7-2). St. Mary's Academy grad Bendu Yeaney scored only two points but was among the active Wildcats who intimidated the Ducks (9-3, 7-3).
Nyara Sabally had 15 points and seven rebounds. Take away her 6-of-9 from the floor and the rest of the Ducks shot 9 of 37 (24%).
It wasn't only the Oregon freshmen who struggled. Senior Erin Boley was scoreless, took only one shot and had four turnovers.
Oregon will not play at Arizona State this week because of COVID-19 protocols impacting the Sun Devils' program. Next on the schedule is a Jan. 22 home game against Washington State, a team that beat Arizona last weekend.
• Portland 56, San Francisco 54 — Haylee Andrews scored 15 points and Alex Fowler made a key late basket as the Pilots won a back-and-forth, defensive contest at San Francisco.
Andrews had eight assists and four rebounds for Portland (7-4, 4-1).
• Montana State 75, Portland State 67 — The visiting Bobcats closed on a 17-5 run to win at the Viking Pavilion. Portland State (3-4, 2-3 Big Sky) led 62-58 on a Desirae Hansen basket with 5:19 remaining, but Montana State scored the next 10 points.
The Bobcats (5-4, 2-1) outscored the Vikings 34-18 in the paint.
Jada Lewis led the Vikings with 18 points, 15 of them in the fourth quarter, Hansen scored 15 and Kylie Jimenez 14 points and seven assists.
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