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Feb. 4 sports updates: Rebuild planned for Reser Stadium; Timbers extend Williamson; Beavers win, Ducks fall in hoops

COURTESY: OREGON STATE ATHLETICS - Looking west, this rendering shows what Reser Stadium is expected to look like when the west grandstand is rebuilt.Reser to be renovated — Oregon State announced plans to renovate the west grandstand at Reser Stadium, a project targeted for completion in 2023.

The $153 million dollar project will completely renovate the stadium's west grandstand and include amenities comparable to the east side renovation that was completed in 2005. The west grandstand will be demolished and rebuilt as part of this project, which is to include a student welcome center and university health care facilities.

Built in 1953, Reser Stadium has undergone a series of renovations over the years.

An anonymous $50million gift to the OSU Foundation is part of the funding for the project, matching the largest single gift in Oregon State history.

The design phase was approved Jan. 28 by the OSU Board of Trustees Finance and Administration Committee. Final approval is expected in may with construction to begin at the conclusion of the 2021 football season.

The Beavers plan to play at Reser in 2022 as construction continues with a target completion prior to the start of the 2023 season.

Timbers extend Williamson — The Portland Timbers have signed midfielder Eryk Williamson to a multi-year contract extension.

Williamson, 23, had a breakout 2020 when he established himself as a regular in the Timbers starting lineup, often alongside Diego Chara.

Williamson said the option of moving to Europe, as more young Americans have done, was "a little bit of a thought" as he considered his future, but that the strides he's made playing for Giovanni Savarese.

"I feel like I'm in a real good spot here, feel like I can really grow as a player here on and off the field. That was the biggest thing.

"No one knows what the future holds. But if we continue our success here in Portland, then I'm optimistic" opportunities to play in Europe down the road.

College men's basketball — Five Beavers scored in double figures as Oregon State controlled the game most of the way for a 91-71 win over Washington at Gill Coliseum.

Jarrod Lucas hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points for the Beavers (9-7, 5-5 Pac-12), Zach Reichle 17 points, eight assists and four rebounds, Ethan Thompson 16 points and seven assists and Warith Alatishe 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Former Jefferson High standout Marcus Tsohonis led the Huskies (3-13, 2-9) with 22 points in 25 minutes off the bench.

After a 10-0 run late in the first half that included five Reichle free throws, the Beavers lead was never less than 10 points and was 24 after a Reichle 3-pointer made it 65-41 with 14:54 left.

Oregon State had 25 assists on 32 field goals.

Washington State 74, Oregon 71 — The night the Ducks had point guard Will Richardson for the first time this season, they lost Chris Duarte with what appeared to be a severe ankle injury early in the second half, and dropped a second consecutive home game.

Former Parkrose High and Columbia Christian standout Isaac Bonton led the Cougars with 23 points in a game WSU (11-7, 4-7 Pac-12) led for 37:12 as it won for the first time at Matthew Knight Arena.

Eugene Omoruyi led Oregon (9-4, 4-3 Pac-12) with 21 points and LJ Figueroa had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Playing for the first time in almost two weeks, the Ducks were without key starter Eric Williams Jr. (COVID protocols). They lost Duarte with 18 minutes left when he rolled his ankle chasing a loose ball with 18:09 left in a tie game. Duarte had to be helped to the locker room.

Richardson, out since a preseason thumb injury, started and finished with 10 points, five assists and five turnovers.

Montana 70, Portland State 64 (OT) — Montana's Robby Beasley hit a deep 3-pointer as time expired to forcer overtime and the Grizzlies, who had struggled all night on offense, scored 16 points in overtime to prevail.

PSU's John Hall missed the front of a one-and-one with eoght seconds left in regulation before the tying 28-footer.

Khalid Thomas led PSU (4-9, 2-5 Big Sky) with 13 points. PSU shot only 36.2% including 20.7% on 3-pointers.

The Vikings played without center Amari McCray, who is likely out for the season with a knee injury suffered in practice.

BYU 105, Portland 60 — The Cougars shot 63%, including 15-for-24 3-point shooting, in downing the Pilots at the Chiles Center.

Gideon George scored 19 points and had 13 rebounds as BYU (15-4, 6-2 WCC) had six players in double figures. The Cougars outrebounded the Pilots 46-12.

Eddie Davis scored 17 for the Pilots (6-11, 0-8).

College women's basketball — Oregon State's games Feb. 5 against Arizona and Feb. 7 against Arizona State have been postponed indefinitely because of COVID-19 issues within the Oregon State program.

Portland State 61, Montana 60 — Kylie Jimenez made only one of her first 17 shots, but her second basket was a game-winning layup as the Vikings won at Missoula, Montana. Jimenez and Tatiana Streun combined to steal the ball to set up her driving layup with 1.7 seconds on the clock.

Desirae Hansen had 22 points for the Vikings (6-6, 4-5), who won despite shooting only 31% and being outrebounded 47-35 by the Grizzlies (7-7, 4-5).

College soccer — Oregon State junior midfielder Sofiane Djeffal was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI first team. The Nantes. France native was a fist-team all-conference selection in each of his first two seasons and scored twice in OSU's 6-0 Wednesday win over Eastern Oregon.

• Portland midfielder Brandon Cambridge was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Freshmen Best XI.


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