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Portland and Oregon State men put a scare into raked opponents, and Oregon women drop a tight one to North Carolina.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon State freshman guard Jordan Pope, who led the Beavers with 15 points, is guarded by Duke's Jaylen Blakes on Thursday, Nov. 24 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The No. 8-ranked Blue Devils escaped with a 54-51 win over the Beavers on the opening day of the Phil Knight Legacy tournament.The first day of the 2022 Phil Knight basketball extravaganza in Portland produced some memorable performances from the Portland Pilots and the Oregon State Beavers men's teams.

Ultimately, the local teams all lost on the first day of the tournaments and will play consolation games as the tournaments continue Friday and Sunday.

The exception is the Oregon State women, who play their first game at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Chiles Center against Iowa.

Friday's schedule for teams from Oregon is:

Portland men vs. Villanova, noon (VMC)

Oregon State men vs. Florida, 3:30 p.m. (Moda)

Oregon State women vs. Iowa, 5:30 p.m. (Chiles Center)

Portland State men vs. West Virginia, 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. (Moda)

Oregon men vs. Michigan State, 9 p.m. (VMC)

Men's tournaments

Connecticut 83, Oregon 59 — Five days after a competitive effort against No. 3. Houston, the Ducks couldn't hang with the No. 20-ranked Huskies. With only seven scholarship players available, and three key backcourt players among the injured, the Ducks were badly overmatched and outplayed.

Without guards Jermaine Couisnard, Brennan Rigsby and Keeshawn Barthelemy, Oregon's lack of ball handling makes it impossible for Dana Altman to play the way he wants his team to play. Foul trouble to forward Quincy Guierier, who fouled out midway through the second half, added to the challenge on Thursday.

Freshman Kel'el Ware led Oregon with 18 points and nine rebounds. Senior post N'Faly Dante added 15 points but only one rebound.

The Ducks opened the game in a zone defense and the Huskies feasted on 3-point shooting. They shot 45.9% from deep and made a program record 17 3s. When Oregon played man defense, UConn's ball movement often created easy looks.

The challenge doesn't get any easier for Oregon, which next plays at 9 p.m. Friday (ESPN2) at Veterans Memorial Coliseum against No. 12 Michigan State.

Coach Dana Altman said that Rigsby is getting closer to returning — he hopes maybe next week. But the coach also said that Barthelemy will miss four to six weeks with the. injury he suffered against Houston.

"We didn't get out and guard their shooters and they got it going, man," Dana Altman said. "I'm not sure we could hit 17 of 37 in a shooting drill."

No. 1 North Carolina 89, Portland 81 — The Pilots pushed the top-ranked Tar Heels all morning in the first game of the weekend.

Portland (4-3) led for stretches of the second half, but the Pilots went cold after Alden Applewhite's jumper put them up 75-73 with 4:39 remaining.

North Carolina cranked up its defense and slowly squeezed the upset opportunity away from Portland.

Portland faces Villanova at noon Friday at VMC in a consolation semifinal.

Tyler Robertson's 3-pointer with 50 seconds left made it 84-81, but R.J. Davis hit a long 2-pointer with 30 seconds left to seal the North Carolina win.

Moses Wood scored 21 points, Applewhite 14 points off the bench, and Robertson 13 (all in the second half) for the Pilots.

Aside from scoring, the Pilots battled the bigger Tar Heels inside and on the boards. Chika Nduka, all 6-foot-5 of him, played aggressive defense on much bigger North Carolina players. The sophomore finished with eight points (on 3-for-3 shooting) and six rebounds. Center Joey St. Pierre (6-10) contributed eight points and three rebounds in 24 minutes.

The Pilots had 22 assists on 28 made field goals.

Starting guard Mike Meadows missed his third game in a row for Portland.

Duke 54, Oregon State 51 — The Beavers (3-2) pushed the Blue Devils (5-1) to the brink, but couldn't overcome 18 second-chance points for Duke in a game that saw both teams struggle shooting from the floor.

Jordan Pope led Oregon State with 14 points and Dexter Akanno 12.

The Beavers had only five assists and 11 turnovers and were outrebounded 45-29, but were in the game until the final seconds.

Duke tied the score at 45-45 on a 3-pointer by Kyle Filipowski with 8:22 remaining. The Beavers didn't lead again, but never trailed by more than three points.

The Beavers played solid defense, limiting the Blue Devils to 26.7%, (20.7% in the second half). Duke made 1 of 14 3-pointers in the second half.

Gonzaga 102, Portland State 78 — The No. 6-ranked Bulldogs shot 65.6% in the first half and had command of the game by halftime. Gonzaga hit eight 3-pointers and 21 of 32 shots overall to lead by 24 at the break.

Portland State (2-3) will play West Virginia in a consolation game at 6 p.m. Friday at Moda Center. Gonzaga (4-1) will face Purdue in the Phil Knight Legacy semifinals at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Moda Center.

Portland State's defensive pressure and effort couldn't slow down a Gonzaga team that passed the ball efficiently. The Zags had 15 assists on 21 baskets in the first half and finished with 24 assists on 40 baskets.

Jorell Saterfield led Portland State with 21 points, and made 5 of 8 3-pointers. Cameron Parker added 16 point and eight assists.

Portland State made 11 of 25 3pointers, almost matching Gonzaga's 12-of-24 performance. But the Zags outrebounded the Vikings 40-26 and a 40-28 advantage scoring in the paint.

the Zags had six players score in double figures. Malachi Smith scored 23, making all five of his 3-pointers and 9 of 12 field goals. Drew Timme finished with 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting.

Women's PK Invitational

North Carolina 85, Oregon 79 — The No. 8-ranked Tar Heels outplayed the No. 18 Ducks down the stretch to reach Sunday's championship game. Five Tar Heels scored in double figures, Led by Eva Hodgson with 21 points and Alyssa Ustby with 19.

Oregon (4-1) will play at 10 a.m. Sunday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum against Michigan State.

Ducks coach Kelly Graves said that, despite the loss, he is pleased with the way his young team hung with a top-10 foe.

"I'm disappointed that we lost, but I am more encouraged now than I was actually coming into the game," said head coach Kelly Graves. "I didn't quite know what to expect with this group, because we are so young and haven't been tested, but for the most part we played a really good game and did a lot of good things. I am proud of my team, I thought we played really hard."

Oregon started each quarter well, including an 11-2 run to the fourth that included a pair of banked-in 3-pointers and gave the Ducks an eight-point lead. But the Tar Heels responded, forcing Oregon into a series of turnovers down the stretch.

And turnovers were a key statistic. North Carolina scored 17 points from 18 Oregon turnovers

Te-Hina Paopao had 18 points for the Ducks. Freshman Grace VanSlooten had 17 points and 11 rebounds and freshman Jennah Isai scored 15.

It was a tough day for veteran guard Endyia Rogers, who forced several plays and was responsible for eight turnovers and fouled out with 10 points.


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