Nelson's 23 points not enough for OSU at Colorado

by: COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND - PRESSLEYIf it wasn't a must-win, it was close to it, and the Portland Pilots got what they came for Thursday night.

The Pilots earned their first West Coast Conference win of the season, turning away the University of the Pacific 72-64 at Chiles Center.

Portland had lost its first two league games, also at home, and improved to 1-2 in league and 9-6 overall.

Three Pilots scored in double figures, with Thomas van der Mars getting 18 points and 13 rebounds (his fourth double-double of the season), Ryan Nicholas 17 points and 12 rebounds (his sixth double-double) and Bryce Pressley 12 points and 10 rebounds (his first career double-double).

The Tigers fell to 9-4, 0-2 and hung tough most of the way.

The Pilots' five-game WCC homestand continues Saturday with a 7 p.m. game against Saint Mary's.

• At Pocatello, Idaho State beat Portland State 87-76 in their Big Sky opener.

The Vikings, who fell to 5-5 overall, gave up 56.5-percent field-goal shooting, with Idaho State making 9 of 14 from 3-point range and adding 26 of 32 free throws.

PSU shot 40.6 percent, going 7 of 20 from beyond the arc.

DaShaun Wiggins and Andre Winston Jr. each had 13 points to lead five Viks in double figures.

PSU, which has lost 13 consecutive Big Sky road games and 19 in a row on the road dating to the 2011-12 season, continues conference play at 6 p.m. PT Saturday against Weber State.

ISU improved to 4-6 overall.

• The Oregon Ducks scored a dramatic overtime win at Utah on Thursday night to preserve their undefeated season record and start the Pac-12 campaign 1-0.

The 10th-ranked Ducks improved 13-0 with their 70-68 victory.

With the score tied and Utah playing for the final shot of OT, Oregon's Damyean Dotson stole a pass, gained control after teammate Dominic Arts tipped the ball ahead to him and dribbled down court in time for a dunk with 0.6 seconds to go.

The Utes threw the ball fullcourt and had an open 3-courter for the win, but Jordan Loveridge's shot bounced off the rim.

Loveridge had a game-high 21 points for Utah 11-2 overall, 0-1 Pac-12.

Richard Amardi (14 points) and Arts (12) led the scoring for the Ducks, who trailed most of the game.

Oregon is off to its best start since going 13-0 in 2006-07.

The Ducks' next game is 2 p.m. Sunday at Colorado.

• The Oregon State Beavers lost their Pac-12 opener on Thursday night 64-58 at No. 20 Colorado.

Roberto Nelson scored a game-high 23 points for the Beavers, who slipped to 8-5.

Eric Moreland, a 6-10 junior forward, came off suspension and had 10 rebounds and 2 points in 27 minutes off the bench for OSU in his season debut.

Colorado improved to 12-2.

Oregon State returns to conference action at 1 p.m. PT Saturday at Utah.

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