PSU men win Big Sky opener; Beaver men, PSU women lose
THURSDAY, DEC. 2
College men's basketball —Â Portland State opened Big Sky Conference play with a 63-55. win at Idaho State.
The Vikings (3-3, 1-0 Big Sky) survived going scoreless for six minutes in the second half to secure the first conference win for coach Jase Coburn.
James Jean-Marie scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, when he grabbed eight of his 10 rebounds.
Portland State had a 24-6 advantage in bench points and outrebounded the Bengals (1-6, 0-1) 45-31 and forced 18 Idaho State turnovers.
• California 73, Oregon State 61 — The Beavers' struggles continued in their Pac-12 opener. It was the seventh loss in a row for Oregon State (1-7, 0-1).
Cal started the second half well to pull away from a one-point halftime lead. The Bears led by as many as 16 in the second half and OSU was no closer than seven points (with 4:09 remaining). Cal went 9 for 10 from the line down the stretch. Warith Alatishe had 21 points and eight rebounds.
College women's basketball —Â Idaho State dominated in the second half to beat Portland State 83-40 at Viking Pavilion in the Big Sky opener for both teams. The Bengals (2-5, 1-0) outscored the Vikings 48-18 after halftime. Savannah Dhaliwal scored 12 points for PSU (3-3, 0-1).
College volleyball —Â Oregon's NCAA Tournament was short as Kansas swept the Ducks 3-0 at Omaha, Nebraska. Scores were 25-21, 25-21, 25-22 in the opening-round match. Brooke Nuneviller had 17 kills and 11 digs for the 19th-ranked Ducks (22-9).
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1
Lillard sidelined — Portland Trail Blazers' guard Damian Lillard will miss at least four more games after an MRI confirmed a lower abdominal tendinopathy injury. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated in 10 days. The Blazers play San Antonio on Thursday.
The Blazers also announced that Nassir Little has a left ankle sprain and will miss at least one week.
Men's college basketball — Will Richardson had 17 points and five assists as Oregon held off Cal State Riverside 71-65 at Matthew Knight Arena. All eight Ducks who saw action scored. N'Faly Dante had 12 points and five rebounds and Eric Williams Jr. 11 points and eight rebounds.
Oregon opens Pac-12 play at home on Sunday against an Arizona State team that scored only 29 points in Wednesday's home loss to Washington State.
Women's college basketball —Â Ellie Mack hit the go-ahead layup with 17 seconds remaining as Oregon State beat the visiting Pacific Tigers 76-72.
Talia von Oelhoffen scored 18 points, Taylor Jones scored 15 points and Kennedy Brown grabbed 13 rebounds for the Beavers (4-2).
Pacific (2-4) was led by 31 points from guard Anaya James.
•Â UC Davis 64, Oregon 57 —Â The Ducks, minus starters Nyara Sabally, Te-Hina Paopao and Endyia Rogers, lost a non-conference home game for the first time since December of 2014.
Oregon (3-3) struggled on offense, shooting 34% including 5 of 22 on 3-pointers. It also made only 10 of 17 free throws.
An 11-0 run late in the third quarter gave UC Davis the upper hand.
Sedona Prince and Ahlise Hurst each scored 11 points for the Ducks. Hurst made thee 3-pointers in the first quarter.
Oregon is at Portland on Saturday.
Kraken fall in shootout — Detroit outscored Seattle 2-1 in a four-round shootout to win its fourth straight — after the teams battled to a 3-3 draw. Ryan Donato scored twice for the visiting Kraken (8-13-2) and Vince Dunn had a power-play goal.
TUESDAY, NOV. 30
College women's basketball — The Portland Pilots forced 40 turnovers and had 27 steals en route to a 70-49 win over Warner Pacific at Chiles Center. Alex Fowler had 19 points and nine rebounds for Portland (6-1). Maddie Mulheim made three 3-pointers and had 11 points and 11 Pilots scored in the win over the NAIA Knights.
For Warner Pacific (2-2), Courtney Jackson and Alexa Mee each scored 11 points and Kylie Guelsdorf grabbed 13 rebounds.
MLS playoffs —Â When New York City FC beat top-seeded New England on penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw on Tuesday, it opened the door for the Portland Timbers to host the December 11 MLS Cup championship match — if they defeat Real Salt Lake on Saturday in the Western Conference Finals.
Winterhawks captains —Â The Portland Winterhawks have named fifth-year defenseman Clay Hanus, 20, and third-year forward Tyson Kozak, 18, co-captains for the remainder of this Western Hockey League season.
MONDAY, NOV. 29
College men's basketball —Oregon took out the frustration from recent struggles on Montana, beating the Grizzlies 87-47 at Matthew Knight Arena.
All 12 players scored for the Ducks, led by 18 points from Will Richardson. Oregon shot 66%, making 9 of 17 3-pointers.
Both teams are 4-3.
Kraken win — Seattle won 7-4 at Buffalo, its fourth win in five games. The Kraken's first two goals were the first two short-handed goals in franchise history, scored by Carson Soucy and Brandon Tanev.
Jared McCann and Mason Appleton each scored twice for Seattle.
SUNDAY, NOV. 28
College men's soccer — Mouhameth Thiam scored 10 minutes in and top-seed Oregon State survived a physical test from visiting New Hampshire to win 1-0 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Both teams saw shots cleared from the goal mouth during a highly-competitive second half.
The Beavers (14-2-3) will host No. 8 seed Clemson (15-5) in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.
College men's basketball — A 16-0 burst late in the game rallied the Portland Pilots to a 77-68 win over Incarnate Word in the third game in three days at San Antonio, Texas.
At 7-2, Portland has already won more games than last season.
Mike Meadows scored 22 points and Tyler Robertson 16 for the Pilots.
Portland went more than 11 minutes without a field goal, including a 20-2 start to the second half for Incarnate Word.
College women's basketball — Alex Fowler scored 14 points to lead five Portland Pilots in double figures in a 97-49 win over NAIA team Evergreen State at Chiles Center.
College volleyball —Oregon opens the NCAA Tournament on at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at Omaha, Nebraska against Kansas. If they win, the Ducks would face Creighton or Ole Miss at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.
•Portland State is one of 31 teams selected to play in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship. The Vikings will face Pacific of Stockton, California at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at Weber State in Ogden, Utah. Win that and they will face Weber State or CSU Bakersfield in the second round on Saturday.
SATURDAY, NOV. 27
Linfield football wins — The Wildcats advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III playoffs with a 31-28 win over St. John's (Minnesota) on Saturday at Collegeville, Minnesota.
Linfield (11-0) will face Mary Hardin-Baylor (12-0) on Dec. 4. The site of that game will be announced Sunday.
A 23-yard field goal by Andy Starkel provided the winning points on Saturday. That kick made it 31-21 with a minute left.
Linfield scored two touchdowns in the second and third quarters to lead 28-14 through three.
Linfield quarterback Wyatt Smith was 28 for 40 for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Joel Valadez caught 13 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Connor McNabb caught eight passes for 64 yards and ran for 73 yards and a 3-yard score 11 seconds before halftime to put the Wildcats up 14-7.
College men's basketball —Tyler Robertson had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Portland Pilots to a 74-68 win over Southeast Missouri State at the Incarnate Word Tournament at San Antonio. Chris Austin had 16 points and seven rebounds and Moses Wood 16 points for the Pilots (6-2).
•Penn State 60, Oregon State 45 —At Niceville, Florida, Penn State closed the first half on a 14-1 run to take control. Jared Lucas scored 11 points for the Beavers (1-6).
College women's basketball — Oregon State's fourth-quarter rally came up just short in a 64-62 loss to Notre Dame at Daytona Beach, Florida. Talia von Oelhoffen scored 25 points for the Beavers (3-1), who trailed by as many as 22 points.
•Utah Valley 62, Portland State 43 —At Orem, Utah, the Vikings fell behind early and fell to 3-2. PSU Made only 1 of 13 3-pointers. Esmeralda Morales scored 10 points.
Mariners' trade — Seattle acquired All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier from the San Diego Padres in exchage for a pair of prospects in left-hander Ray Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier. A 2021 All-Star who batted .305, Frazier turns 30 in December and is eligible for free agency after the 2022 season.
Kraken win —Seattle handed the Florida Panthers their first home loss of the season. Jordan Eberle scored twice in the 4-1 Kraken win and goalie Chris Driedger made 33 saves against his former team.
FCS football playoffs — The Big Sky Conference will have four of the 16 teams in the second round of the FSC playoffs. Eastern Washington beat Northern Iowa 19-9 to advance to face Big Sky rival Montana, which had a first-round bye. Montana State and Sacramento State also had first-round byes.
Sacramento State will meet South Dakota State, which eliminated UC Davis 56-24 on Saturday and Montana State will face Tennessee Martin.
FRIDAY, NOV. 26
Winterhawks fall to Kamloops — The Portland Winterhawks tested the Kamloops Blazers with a flurry of shots, but the Blazers showed why they are among the top teams in the Western Hockey League, rallying from two goals down in the third period on Friday to beat the Portland Winterhawks 4-3 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Goals from Tyson Kozak, Marcus Nguyen and Kyle Chyzowski had Portland up 3-1 heading to the final period. But a short-handed goal from Caedan Bankier 32 seconds into the third period helped the Blazers swing momentum. That was the first of three Kamloops goals in the first 7:20 of the third period.
The Winterhawks are 7-10-3 (17 points). The Blazers improved to 16-2-0-0 (32 points), second in the Western Conference behind U.S. Division-leading Everett.
Portland outshot Kamloops 46-34, but was 0 for 4 on the power play with the critical short-handed goal against.
Winterhawks goalie Dante Giannuzzi made 30 saves. Kamloops goalie Dylan Ernst made 43 saves, 19 of them in the third period.
Portland's extended run of home game continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1` against Prince George.
College football — Washington State's 40-14 win over Washington on Friday means Oregon State cannot represent the Pac-12 North Division in the conference championship game. If Oregon beats Oregon State on Saturday (12:30 p.m., ESPN), the Ducks will play Utah for the Pac-12 title. If Oregon State wins, the Beavers, Cougars and Ducks will all finish tied atop the North Division at 6-3 in Pac-12 games and WSU will represent the division in the championship game via tiebreakers.
•Oregon State announced a contract extension through 2027 for football coach Jonathan Smith. In his fourth season, Smith has the Beavers at 7-4 entering Saturday's game at Oregon and bowl eligible for the first time since 2013. The new contract also includes raises for football staff and assistant coaches.
College men's basketball —Montana State edged Portland 69-66 on the first day of the Incarnate Word tournament in San Antonio Texas. Moses Wood led four Pilots in double figures with 20 points (and eight rebounds) and Tyler Robertson scored 16. Kristian Sjolund's 3-pointer to tie at the buzzer bounced away as Portland (5-2) saw its five-game winning steak and. The Pilots face Southeast Missouri State at noon Saturday and wrap up the tournament at noon Sunday against Incarnate Word.
•Iowa pulled away in the second half to beat visiting Portland State 85-51. The 85 points were the fewest scored this season by the 6-0 Hawkeyes. The Vikings were within eight points early in the second half before Iowa's offense cranked it up. Marlon Ruffin led PSU (2-3) with 18 points. James Jean-Marie grabbed 15 rebounds.
College women's basketball — No. 12 Michigan beat No. 16 Oregon State 61-52 at Daytona Beach, Florida. Kennedy Brown had 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Beavers (3-1). Michigan won by outscoring OSU 21-12 in the fourth quarter.
Kraken lose — Andrei Vasilevskiy made 17 saves for his 200th win in goal for Tampa Bay as the Lightning beat visiting Seattle 6-13-1) 3-0. The Kraken are at Florida at 3 p.m. Saturday.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24
Winterhawks fall in OT — The Vancouver Giants scored the overtime winner on a rebound to beat the Portland Winterhawks 3-2 on Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Gabe Klassen and Luca Cagnoni scored for Portland, which outshot Vancouver 43-28, including 10-2 in the third period. But the Giants had more overtime possession and Alex Cotton put home a rebound after a strong rush from Justin Sourdif forced a difficult save from Dante Giannuzzi.
Ultimately, Portland's 1-for-8 power play night hurt the Winterhawks.
Portland continues its extended home stand at 4 p.m. Friday when the Kamloops Blazers visit the VMC.
Men's college basketball — For the third time in eight days, Oregon was not competitive. On Wednesday it was a 78-49 loss to 12th-ranked Houston in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational at Las Vegas.
The Ducks (3-3) have gone from a team on the fringe of the top 10 to a team that looks lost and likely to miss the NCAA Tournament. Oregon doesn't share the ball on offense and is giving up high-quality looks to opponents with astounding regularity.
Next is a home game against Montana on Monday, Nov. 29.
Kraken win — Marcus Johansson scored with 3:08 remaining and Seattle (6-12-1) beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 at Climate Pledge Arena. Carolina (14-3-1) has the NHL's best record. Former Winterhawk Seth Jarvis had two shots on goal in 13:08 of ice time for Carolina.
MONDAY, NOV. 22
Timbers 2022 opener — The Portland Timbers will open the 2022 MLS season on Saturday, Feb. 26, against the New England Revolution at Providence Park.
The league on Monday announced the home openers for each team. The 2022 season, the 29th in MLS history and the 12th MLS season for the Timbers, will have its earliest start as the schedule is adjusted to account for international windows during a World Cup year.
The Timbers, of course, are trying to extend their 2021 run for as long as possible. Next is a Thanksgiving Day game at Colorado in the Western Conference semifinals.
Lillard recognized — Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 21.
Lillard averaged 28.3 points, 8.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds in home wins over Toronto, Chicago and Philadelphia, including a season-high 39 points on Nov. 20 against Philadelphia.
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