College men's basketball — Warith Alatishe scored a dunk with 4.1 seconds left to provide the winning points as Oregon State edged Arizona State 80-79 on Saturday, Jan. 16, at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.
The play, off a pass from Ethan Thompson, was the 17th lead change in the contest. It came after a Marcus Bagley 3-pointer put the Sun Devils up one with 11 seconds left.
Jarod Lucas led the Beavers (6-5, 2-3 Pac-12) with 18 points, making four of OSU's nine 3-pointers. Thompson had 17 points and Zach Reichl 11.
Bagley led ASU (4-6, 1-3) with 19 points and Remy Martin and Josh Christopher had 14 apiece. Martin missed all eight of his 3-point attempts, including a half-court effort at the buzzer. Former Portland State guard Holland "Boo Boo" Woods had four points, two assists and two rebounds for the Sun Devils.
• Pepperdine 80, Portland 65 — Four Pilots scored in double figures, but without top scorer Ahmed Ali, Portland trailed most of the way in West Coast Conference play at Malibu, California.
Eddie Davis scored 19 points for the Pilots (6-7, 0-4).
Five UP players did not make the trip because of COVID-19 concerns, but none are in COVID-19 protocol and all are expected to be available when Portland visits BYU on Thursday, Jan. 21.
The University of Portland announced Jan. 16 that an unidentified on-campus staff member tested positive for the new "UK variant" of COVID-19. A statement released by the university said no UP students are in quarantine as a result of this case.
• Montana State 69, Portland State 64 — The host Bobcats (7-3, 4-0 Big Sky) beat the Vikings on Jan. 16 by almost the same score as on Thursday. Turnovers (18) and poor shooting (36.1%) doomed PSU (2-7, 1-3).
For the Vikings, James Scott had 15 points, six assists and six rebounds, Khalid Thomas 14 points and seven rebounds and Amari McCray 13 points, six rebounds and two blocks.
College women's basketball — In its first game in nearly a month, Oregon State started fast on Sunday before falling to 11th-ranked Arizona, 67-51, at Tucson.
The Beavers (3-4, 1-4 Pac-12) scored the first eight points of the game and led 11-2 before the Wildcats (10-2, 8-2) closed the first quarter on an 18-6 run. Arizona led 40-26 by halftime.
Savannah Samuel and Taylor Jones each had 11 points for Oregon State. Jones had a team-high seven rebounds.
"Give Arizona a lot of credit – they made life tough on us all day long," Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said. "They disrupted what we were trying to do, and we knew they would try to do that. We just didn't quite execute well enough today. I think our experience will continue to grow in this group, and that will allow us to have a chance to win games like this."
Aari McDonald had 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Arizona.
• Portland State 72, Montana State 70 — On Saturday, a late 11-2 run rallied Portland State to a 72-70 win over visiting Montana State on Jan. 16.
Desirae Hansen had 20 points to pace five Vikings (4-4, 3-3 Big Sky) in double figures. Kylie Jimenez had 15 points and six assists, Jada Lewis 13 points and Tatiana Streun 10 points and 11 rebounds
PSU freshman Nakia Boston had 10 points, three assists and a key steal off the bench.
• Santa Clara 84, Portland 65 — The host Broncos shot almost 60% for the game and held a double-digit lead throughout the second half to beat the Pilots. Santa Clara used a 26-point second quarter that included a 13-0 spurt to lead by 10 at the half and shot 71% through the first two quarters.
Alex Fowler had 16 points and six rebounds and Haylee Andrews 11 points for Portland (7-5, 4-2 WCC).
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