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COLLEGE WATCH: Nelson's late 3s lift OSU over Pilots; PSU romps

Oregon State beat Portland by six points, and Portland State had no trouble with Pacific Lutheran in men's college basketball Wednesday night.

OSU holds off Pilots

CORVALLIS — Roberto Nelson made two 3s in the closing minutes as Oregon State defeated Portland 79-73 at Gill Coliseum on Wednesday.

Both teams are 1-1.

Nelson led all scorers with 24 points.

by: COURTESY OF OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY - Roberto Nelson led all scorers Wednesday night as Oregon State edged Portland 77-73 at Gill Coliseum.The Pilots had tied the game, after trailing by 12, when Nelson hit his long shots. His breakaway layup iced the win and accounted for the final points, after UP had closed to within 77-73 with 14.1 seconds to go.

Junior guard Bobby Sharp scored 18 points for Portland, and senior forward Ryan Nicholas had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Sharp made 5 of 11 shots from beyond the arc.

Portland's next game is 4 p.m. PT Monday at Michigan State (2-0), which could move up from No. 2 to No. 1 in the national rankings this week, having beaten No. 1 Kentucky earlier this week.

Vikings pound Lutes

At Stott Center, Portland State went 15 for 15 from the field to start the second half, pushing a 32-23 halftime lead into a 47-20 advantage. The Viks went on to win 79-43 over Pacific Lutheran. It was the Lutes' season opener.

PSU point guard Tim Douglas had a team-high 16 points, 11 in the second half.

The Viks are 1-1, with a loss at UNLV. They improved to 13-0 against lower-division schools.

PSU is off until Nov. 22-24, when it plays host to a four-team, three-day tournament at Stott. UC Davis, Loyola Chicago and Southern Illinois Edwardsville are in the field.

Ducks cruise at home

EUGENE -- Oregon (2-0) beat Western Carolina 107-83 in a men's basketball game Wednesday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Joseph Young, a 6-2 redshirt junior transfer guard from Houston, continued his sharpshooting for the Ducks. He had a career-high 36 points, making 15 of 16 free throws, giving him 27 of 28 at the foul line in two games. He also hit 9 of 12 shots from the field, including 3 of 5 shots from 3-point range.

The Ducks shot 65.3 percent from the floor and sank 8 of 14 from beyond the arc.

The point total was Oregon's highest since UO scored 108 against Iowa in the 2012 NIT. Young's total was the highest by a Duck since Tajuan Porter scored 38 versus Portland State in the 2006-07 opener.

Senior forward Mike Moser from Grant High added a career-high 26 points, going 9 of 14 from the field.

UP signs Valley Catholic's Gabe Taylor

Pilots men's basketball coach Eric Reveno has signed 6-8, 200-pound Gabe Taylor of Valley Catholic High and one other Northwest prep to letters-of-intent.

Taylor, who is coached by former UP assistant and ex-PSU head coach Joel Sobotka, returns to Valley Cathlic this season as an all-stater and Lewis and Clark League player of the year. He averaged 21 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last season, shooting 60 percent from the field and 41 percent on 3-pointers, and led his team to the Class 3A semifinals.

A prep post, Taylor is expected to perform on the perimeter as well for the Pilots.

Taylor transferred to Valley Catholic after two years at Newberg High.

The Pilots also have signed 6-6, 200-pound Jason Todd from Jackson High in Mill Creek, Wash. He was a first-team all-state selection who averaged 21.5 points and 10.8 rebounds last season for a 26-1 team that placed second in the 4A championships.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

PSU's Schott Big Sky coach of the year

Laura Schott, who guided Portland State to the regular-season conference title and the Big Sky tournament championship match, has been named conference women's soccer coach of the year.

The Vikings lost on penalty kicks in the tourney final, after playing Weber State to a 0-0 draw at Hillsboro Stadium. The PK result sent the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament and ended the Vikings' season.

Portland State was 8-0-1 in the Big Sky regular season, the first time the school has gone through a league schedule undefeated.

Schott also won the award in 2009.