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Thursday sports: Timbers draft two, trade pick; Blazers game postponed; PSU, UP fall in college basketball

The Portland Timbers traded away their first-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, then selected midfielder Dawson McCartney in the second round and forward Diego Gutierrez in the third round.

In exchange for sending the No. 8 pick to Orlando City, Portland received $100,000 in allocation money.

When the trade was announced, Timbers President Merritt Paulson took to Twitter to assure Timbers fans that more player acquisitions will happen. Paulson's Tweet read: "Actual new players will be coming. Have patience #rctid Some good stuff is lining up. To execute on their plans GW/GS (president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson and coach Giovanni Savarese) needed a lot more cap flex and close to achieving that."

The Timbers acquired the No. 8 pick in the trade that sent left back Jorge Villafana to the LA Galaxy. The breakdown of the money coming from Orlando City is $75,000 of General Allocation Money in 2021 and $25,000 of GAM in 2022.

McCartney (6-1, 175) was selected 43rd overall. He is a two-time second team all-Ivy League selection who had eight goals and 14 assists in 43 games over three seasons at Dartmouth. He was the Ivy League rookie of the year as a freshman in 2017 and a captain of the Philadelphia Union's under-18 academy team. He recently transferred to Notre Dame.

Gutierrez (5-11, 145) was selected 70th overall. He has yet to play for Creighton after spending three seasons at Nebraska-Omaha where he had 10 goals and 13 assists.

• Sounders add OSU defender — Seattle acquired Oregon State defender Joe Hafferty from Miami FC, which selected Hafferty with the 37th pick in Thursday's draft. The Sounders sent a 2022 second-round pick to Miami for Hafferty. A Renton, Washington, native, Hafferty played in the Sounders' youth academy 2013-17. He was a first-team all-conference selection as a junior for the Beavers in 2019.

Blazers off Friday — As expected, Portland's game against the Memphis Grizzlies scheduled for Friday has been postponed because Memphis does not have the minimum eight players available. The teams also had their Wednesday game postponed. Both games will be rescheduled in the second half of the NBA season.

Portland's next game is at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Moda Center against the New York Knicks.

College men's basketball — BYU shot 57% in a 95-67 West Coast Conference win over Portland in Thursday in Provo, Utah.

Lattrell Jones scored 21 points for the Pilots (6-8, 0-5 WCC), who were without injured guards Isaiah Dasher and Chase Adams. Portland is 0-12 all time in games at BYU.

A 13-0 run gave the Pilots a 16-9 lead, but the Cougars (12-3, 3-1) led 37-31 by halftime and ran away in the second half by shooting 66% including 9 of 16 from 3-point range.

BYU had assists on 28 of 36 field goals and dominated rebounding (44-27) and points in the paint (42-22).

• Idaho State 64, Portland State 57 — The Bengals led throughout the second half to sink the host Vikings. Portland State (2-8, 1-4) shot only 33.9% and couldn't generate a decisive run in the second half to open a six-game home stand.

Center Amari McCray led PSU with 14 points and six rebounds and forward Khalid Thomas added 11 points and five boards. Tarik Cool scored 17 for Idaho State (8-6, 5-2), which never led by more than eight points.

The Bengals survived 17 turnovers with efficient shooting, including making 10 of their first 15 3-pointers.

College women's basketball — Big Sky leader Idaho State (11-1, 9-0) pulled away in the second half Thursday to beat visiting Portland State 80-55. Portland State (4-5, 3-4) led by one at halftime, but was outscored 50-24 in the second half when the Vikings committed 14 turnovers.

Freshmen Jenna Kilty and Nakia Boston each scored 11 points to lead PSU.

• BYU-Portland postponed — Thursday's game between BYU and Portland at the Chiles Center was postponed

• OSU-Washington rescheduled — The Oregon State women's basketball team's home game against Washington has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. Originally scheduled for Friday, the game was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Washington program.

College volleyball opens — The delayed Pac-12 volleyball season starts Friday. Oregon opens at Washington State at 1 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Oregon State opens at Colorado at 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

Portland State volleyball has added home matches against Idaho on Sunday, Jan. 24 and Monday, Jan. 25. The matches will not count in the Big Sky Conference, which for PSU is scheduled to begin Jan. 30-31 at home against Northern Arizona.


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