Weekend Scoresheet: Lillard, Simons shine at All-Star Game
NBA All-Star Game — Trail Blazers Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons made a splash at Sunday's NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta.
Lillard scored 32 points and made two shots from half court as he helped Team LeBron beat Team Durant 170-150 in the pseudo basketball game.
Lillard was the second leading scorer in the game but didn't make all 16 shots like MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo did in the defense-frowned-upon showcase.
Lillard on the half-court shots, one to close the first half and a second to clinch the win for Team LeBron:
"I haven't done it in an actual game, (but now) tested it out in live action. Felt decent, fine. Like a normal jumper. able to shoot it pretty easily."
Simons made his mark at halftime, becoming the first Portland player to win the slam-dunk contest.
Simons beat rookies Obi Toppin of the Knicks and Cassius Stanley of the Pacers in the contest, and made his mark by almost kissing the rim as he dunked.
The contest was judged by five former dunk champions: Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, Spud Webb, Dee Brown, Jason Richardson and Josh Smith.
"Having a chance to come in and be a part of it and win it, it's surreal," Simons said.
College baseball — After sweeping BYU, Oregon State is 10-1 entering three non-conference games against Oregon this Friday through Sunday in Corvallis. The Beavers have had stellar pitching, allowing no more than three runs in any of 10 consecutive wins. The team ERA is 1.64 and opponents are batting .172.
Oregon (6-2) won four games at UC Santa Barbara last weekend, the first four-game road sweep of a ranked opponent in program history. The Ducks outscored UCSB 38-16 and batted .302 with 14 extra-base hits in the sweep.
Portland took one of three non-conference games at Gonzaga and was 3-6 entering a March 9 game at Washington and a four-game home stand this weekend against Utah Valley.
College cross country — The University of Portland men's and women's teams and the Oregon State women's team will compete at the 2020 NCAA Cross Country Championships, which take place on Monday, March 15 at Stillwater, Oklahoma (live TV at 9:30 a.m. PT on ESPNU).
The Pilot men are ranked No. 17. The No. 20 UP women are led by WCC champ Anna Pataki. The OSU women placed a program-best fourth at the March 5 Pac-12 championships and are headed to nationals for the second time in program history.
Individually, Oregon redshirt senior (Sheldon High) will make his third individual appearance in the NCAA championships.
Oregon's focus is on the NCAA Indoor Track Championships, where the Duck men (12 entries) are ranked No. 1. The Duck women have eight entries at the indoor championship.
College volleyball — Oregon staged a rousing comeback on March 7 to knock off seventh-ranked Washington in five sets. The Huskies swept the first meeting last weekend, then took the first two sets on Sunday before the Ducks rallied. Next up for Oregon (9-3) are two matches at Stanford.
Oregon State (5-7) plays host to Washington State on March 12 and March 14 after winning both matches at California.
Portland State scored its first Big Sky win, beating Montana in four sets on March 7. The same teams were scheduled to play Monday.
College men's soccer — The Portland Pilots play host to Loyola Marymount at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 14 seeking their first WCC win after opening with a 2-1 loss at Pacific on March 7.
Oregon State (6-0) and ranked No. 10 in the March 2 United Soccer Coaches poll, faces a big game on Saturday, March 13 at No. 3-ranked Stanford.
College women's soccer — Two goals from Taryn Ries led Portland to a 2-0 win over visiting Pacific on March 6. The Pilots (2-2-0, 1-2-0 WCC) play at San Francisco March 13.
Oregon (2-3-1, 1-2 Pac-12) and Oregon State (2-4-0, 0-3-0) each lost at UCLA and at USC last week, the Beavers taking No. 3 UCLA to overtime in a 2-1 loss. The Arizona schools visit the Willamette Valley for games Friday and Sunday.
College softball — Oregon State is scheduled to visit Oregon for a non-conference game Saturday, March 13, part of a weekend when the Beavers (8-5) and Ducks (13-1) host Nevada and Sacramento State. Oregon's only loss is to No. 1 UCLA, and the Ducks ow a win over the Bruins.
Portland State is 1-8 heading to Seattle for games against Seattle U and No. 5-ranked Washington.
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