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Feb. 18 sports updates: Timbers learn CCL dates; OSAA fall sports update; U.S. women's soccer wins.

College men's basketball — Oregon kept its hold on third place in the Pac-12 by outscoring Colorado 7-3 in the final two minutes of a 60-56 win at Matthew Knight Arena.

Will Richardson made a key basket in the lane and hit 3 of 4 foul shots to close out the win.

Oregon (13-4) improves to 8-3 in Pac-12 play, behind 12-2 USC and 11-3 UCLA. Colorado (16-7) is 10-6 in conference play and tied with Stanford in fourth place.

Chris Duarte had 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots — including one to deny a go-ahead layup by Evan Battey with 2:01 on the clock and the game tied at 53.

Eugene Omoruyi had 13 points and five of Oregon's 11 steals, but fouled out with 2:52 remaining. Richardson finished with 11 points.

Oregon won despite getting outrebounded 43-29, shooting 43.4% including 23.5% (4 of 17) on 3-pointers, and totaling only five assists on 23 field goals. The Ducks' advantage was 22-15 points off turnovers and 36-22 points in the paint.

Colorado shot only 34.4% including 6 of 27 on 3-pointers.

Oregon State 74, Utah 56 — A 23-2 run in the second half turned a back-and-forth game into a comfortable win for the Beavers at Gill Coliseum.

Ethan Thompson scored 25 points and had eight assists for Oregon State (11-10, 7-8 Pac-12). Warith Alatishe had a strong all-around game with 19 points, nine rebounds, four blocked shots, four assist and three steals.

Oregon State had a 26-11 advantage in points off of 20 Utes turnovers and a 44-32 advantage in the paint.

OSU coach Wayne Tinkle praised his team's defensive effort, pointing to active hands and active feet that limited Utah (9-9, 6-8) to 38.5% shooting.

After a 10-0 run put Utah ahead 37-32, Thompson and Jarod Lucas hit 3-pointers to start a 17-0 Oregon State run.

"We can't step back now. It's too important now to go back to the things that cost us early on, and that's lack of execution, lack of trusting each other, a lot of one-on-one stuff instead of the team concept on both ends," Tinkle said. "When we do those (team) things (right), we feel we can beat anybody. The challenge is, with everything that we're facing, to be more consistent."

Portland State 84, Idaho 64 — At Viking Pavilion, PSU (7-9, 4-5 Big Sky) shot 50% for the third game in a row and forced the winless Vandals into 26 turnovers (for 34 points)

A 16-2 run midway through the second half erased any doubt as PSU built a 77-49 lead.

Portland State made a season-high 16 steals.

A balanced offense was led by 14 points from James Scott, who also had seven of the Vikings' 18 assists. Paris Dawson was 3 of 5 on 3-pointers and had 12 points.

Portland State has won five of six. The same teams play again at noon Saturday at Idaho.

"Our success right now is predicated on the fact that the guys are finally getting comfortable playing together after the calendar we inherited early on," Portland State coach Barret Peery said.

College women's basketball — San Diego led throughout in a 66-59 WCC win over visiting Portland. The Toreros (12-5, 9-3 WCC) had 10 steals and scored 28 points off of 20 Portland turnovers.

Alex Fowler had 18 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Pilots (10-10, 7-7). Haylee Andrews had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Idaho 86, Portland State 63 — Idaho took command early and led by as many as 35 in a 86-63 win over visiting Portland State.

Nakia Boston's 14 points led the Vikings (8-8, 6-7 Big Sky).

Washougal, Washington, native Beyonce Bea led the Vandals (13-6, 12-3) with 20 points.

Timbers open CCL on April 6 — The Portland Timbers will open the Concacaf Champions League on April 6 with a match against CD Marathon at San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. Pacific Time.

The second leg of the round-of-16 matchup is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at Providence Park.

The winner of the two-leg contest will advance to a two-leg quarterfinal round to happen in late April and early May.

Portland qualified for the CCL by winning the MLS is Back tournament last summer. This is the third time the Timbers have qualified for the regional tournament. They finished second in group play both in 2014-15 and in 2016-17 tournaments.

She Believes Cup soccer — Rose Lavelle scored in the 79th minute as the U.S. Women's National Team beat Canada 1-0 in the opener of the She Believes Cup at Orlando, Florida.

Three Portland Thorns started for the United States. Centerback Becky Sauerbrunn played the whole match, Lindsey Horan played 82 minutes in midfield and Crystal Dunn 82 minutes at left back. Former Thorns Midge Purce (82 minutes) and Emily Sonnett played right back.

Portland forward Sophia Smith was on the USA bench but did not play.

Christine Sinclair did not play for Canada because of injury. A Portland Thorns spokesperson did not release details about the injury, but said Sinclair remains in Portland working out.

The next game for the United States is at noon PT Sunday against Brazil.

No postseason for prep football — The Oregon School Activities Association Executive Board decided during a Feb. 17 meeting to make the sixth week of its fall-sports season — including football — an extension of the regular season, rather than staging any kind of postseason events.

Competition in the traditional fall sports — football, soccer, volleyball and cross country — is scheduled to begin the week of March 1 and conclude the week of April 5-11.

In a statement from the OSAA about the decision, the board cited challenges of travel between counties in different stages of pandemic restrictions and the Oregon Health Authority advice against large-group events played into the decision.

That OSAA board's decision means schools are free to schedule additional contests themselves for the April 5-11 week.

College volleyball — The first win of the season for Portland came in dramatic fashion. The Pilots (1-6) won the fifth set 15-12 after forcing that set with a 25-8 fourth set in a 3-2 win over San Francisco (4-3) at the Chiles Center.

In the first win of the season and for coach Megan Burton, Jayde Harris had 14 kills, Carey Williams 28 digs and Noelani Helm 22 assists and 19 digs for Portland

• Oregon State freshmen outside hitter Mychael Vernon was named the Pac-12 volleyball freshman of the week for the week ending Feb. 14. She posted 36 kills and 28 digs to help the Beavers beat Arizona State twice.

Hops' staff announced — Vince Harrison will manage the Hillsboro Hops in 2021, the club's first at the new High-A level of minor league baseball.

After five years as a hitting instructor in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, Harrison managed Class A Kane County in the Midwest League in 2019.

Pitching coach Shane Loux is entering his fourth year in the Diamondbacks organization. Hitting coach K.C. Judge — no relation to the Yankees' Aaron Judge — will be in his second season in the Diamondbacks organization.

Juan Francia, who has coached/managed in the Diamondbacks system for four seasons will be an assistant coach.

Harrison is the brother of Washington Nationals infielder Josh Harrison.


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