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March 1 updates: Win over Wildcats keeps Ducks in Pac-12 race; Timbers' Williamson in U-23 camp.

College men's basketball — Oregon took another step toward repeating as Pac-12 regular season champions with the Ducks' seventh consecutive win over Arizona on Monday, March 1.

Chris Duarte had 22 points and, after missing his first seven shots, Eugene Omoruyi 21 in Oregon's 80-69 win over the Wildcats at Matthew Knight Arena.

The result moves the Ducks (17-5, 12-4 Pac-12) within a half game of UCLA (13-4 Pac-12) and sets up a huge Wednesday game against the Bruins in Eugene. Win that, then the Ducks can clinch the conference title on Sunday against Oregon State.

A key to the win was dominating on the boards against an Arizona team that usually wins the rebounding battle. Oregon owned the boards 37-29 with seven rebounds from Duarte and six from Eric Williams Jr.

A 7-0 run early in the second half put the Ducks up 11 and they had an answer for every Arizona push from there.

"It's just great to be in this position," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "Through the two (COVID-19 protocol) pauses and a couple bad losses at home, for them to be resilient and fight back like they have — they didn't get down. They came back and did a tremendous job. So I want them to have fun. I want them to enjoy this week."

Williamson joins Olympic camp — Portland Timbers midfielder Eryk Williamson is among 31 players called into a training camp for the Under-23 United States Men's National Team ahead of the Concacaf Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship.

Williamson, 23, is one of eight midfielders in camp.

Coach Jason Kreis will trim the roster to 20 players ahead of the March 18 start of the tournament.

In a surprise, Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse was not invited to the camp.

While certainly a disappointment for Ebobisse, that decision — which Kreis said was a coaches' decision based upon having two strikers they prefer ahead of Ebobisse, is a positive for the Timbers, who are thin at forward heading into their April 6 Concacaf Champions League opener.

Among the nine forwards invited is former Portland Pilot Benji Michel, who plays for Orlando City.

Also invited is former Timbers defender Marco Farfan, now with LAFC.

College women's basketball — Oregon State's Aleah Goodman and Taylor Jones and Oregon's Nyara Sabally and Te-Hina Paopao were named to the 15-player Pac-12 all-conference team. Oregon senior Erin Boley received honorable mention.

Oregon State's Sasha Goforth, Oregon's Paopao and Stanford freshman Cameron Brink from Beaverton were three of the five members of the all-freshman team. OSU's Talia von Oelhoffen was an honorable mention all-freshman selection.

OSU's Goodman, Jones and Goforth and Oregon's Sabally were honorable mention on the conference's all-defensive team.

• Oregon fell to No. 19 in this week's AP Top-25 poll. Oregon state, after wins over UCLA and Oregon, received a few votes.

• Daryn "Monka" Hikock, a Grant high graduate, was named Big Sky Conference player of the week. A sophomore at Weber State, Hikock had consecutive 25-point games in two wins over Sacramento State. She shot 62%, had seven rebounds in each game and totaled five steals and two blocked shots.

• Portland junior guard Haylee Andrews was named WCC player of the week. She averaged 26 points, 9.5 assists and 6.5 assists in wins over Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. It is her second such honor this season.

College baseball — The Portland Pilots (2-4) stranded 12 baserunners in an 8-1 loss at UC Davis. Ben Patacsil was 3 for 3 and reached base four times.

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