Portland State 76, Sacramento State 68, at Stott Center

The Vikings won their Big Sky opener, taking 33-25 halftime lead and holding it with one of their best defensive efforts of the season.

The Viks held the Hornets to 40 percent field-goal shooting and scored 21 points off 16 Sac State free throws, overcoming their own slow start (4 of 16) in the second half.

The Hornets fought back to tie the score at 45-45 with 8:02 remanining and were even at 51-51 when former Benson Tech guard Bryce White helped fuel a pivotal burst. White finished with a team-high 19 points.

In the final 1:13, Portland State made nine of 10 free throws, four by White, to preserve the lead.

Guard Calaen Robinson added 17 points for PSU, forward Cameron Forte had 14 points and nine rebounds in reserve, and forward Isaiah Pineiro had 11 points and eight rebounds.

PSU is 5-7 overall. Sac State is 7-5, 0-1 in the conference.

Santa Clara 84, Portland 77, at Santa Clara, Calif.

The Pilots fell to 2-2 in the West Coast Conference, struggling down the stretch again for their second loss of the road weekend.

UP, which lost its conference opener at San Francisco, is 8-9 overall.

Santa Clara is 5-11, 1-3 WCC.

The Broncos held Portland to 2 of 14 field-goal shooting in the final eight minutes, after UP had taken a 61-60 lead on junior point guard Alec Wintering’s 3-pointer.

Senior guard Bryce Pressley’s 23 points led the Pilots. Wintering had 16 points and six assists but was 3 of 17 from the field.

Gabe Taylor, a sophomore forward, had 12 points and a career-high nine rebounds. Sophomore guard D’Marques Tyson scored 12 points.

UP returns to action at Gonzaga at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.

Central Washington 85, Concordia 80, at Ellensburg, Wash.

Despite 34 points by Latrell Wilson, the Cavaliers lost in GNAC play.

CWU trailed 20-12 in the first half but used a 27-10 run to go in front 44-38 at the break, despite 21 first-half points by Wilson, a 6-3 junior guard.

Wilson finished 10 of 17 from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

Drew Martin added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Cavs, and Tiley Hawken had a game-high 12 rebounds.

CU fell to 3-8 overall and 1-3 in the GNAC. The Wildcats improved to 7-2, 2-2.

Lewis & Clark 88, Portland Bible 49, at Pamplin Sports Center

Jason Luhnow had 20 points to lead L&C to the nonconference home win.

L&C shot 54.0 percent from the field and improved to 4-6.

Portland Bible (0-15) made 34.8 percent.


    Oregon State 57, USC 49, at Los Angeles

    Senior center Ruth Hamblin had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lift the 10th-ranked Beavers in their Pac-12 opener.

    Jamie Weisner added 14 points.

    Hamblin became the 20th player in OSU history with 1,000 or more points,

    The Beavers led by as many as 15 points and trailed only once, by one point in the opening minute.

    OSU (10-2) started well, leading 20-12 after one quarter and 29-19 at the half. USC (12-2, 0-2 Pac-12) pulled to within five points going into the fourth quarter.

    Oregon State shot 47.2 percent from the field, while holding the Trojans to 29.3 percent, their season low.

    OSU won despite injured guard Sydney Wiese, who missed her third consecutive game.

    UCLA 80, Oregon 69, at Los Angeles

    The No. 21 Bruins gave the Ducks their first loss of the season, taking the conference opener for Oregon.

    UCLA (10-3, 2-0 Pac-12) took command with a 28-12 third quarter, after trailing 39-35 at the half.

    For Oregon, Jillian Alleyne had a game-high 16 rebounds and a team-high 25 points.

    Jacinta Vandenberg, with 12 points, was the only other Duck in double figures.

    Oregon shot 44.1 percent from the field; UCLA made 41.7 percent. But the Bruins were 8 of 15 on 3-pointers, while Oregon was 3 of 11.

    Sacramento State 132, Portland State 91, at Sacramento, Calif.

    The Hornets set a Big Sky scoring record in the conference season opener for both teams.

    Sac State (4-8 overall) scored 33, 29, 36 and 34 points in the quarters,

    PSU (2-12) was within 62-50 at the half, but finished with 18 fewer field goals than the Hornets, hitting 44.4 percent from the field to the home team’s 46.3 percent.

    Guards Ashley Torres Negron, a reserve, and Kian McNair each scored 19 points for Portland State.

    PSU returns to Stott Center next week to play Montana at 7 p.m. Thursday and Montana State at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.

    San Francisco 82, Portland 63, at Chiles Center

    USF led 25-19 after one quarter and 44-38 at the half before pulling away with a 27-16 third quarter.

    The Pilots fell to 2-13 overall, 0-4 West Coast Conference. USF is 10-5, 1-3.

    Holly Blades’ 15 points off the bench paced UP. Starter Ellie Woerner had 13 points. Darian Slaga scored 11 off he bench.

    USF shot 51.7 percent from the field, while the Pilots hit 38.9 percent.

    Simon Fraser 71, Concordia 68, at Cavalier Gymnasium

    The host Cavaliers made a run in the fourth quarter but came up short in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference game.

    SFU led by nine points going into the final frame.

    Sierra Dean scored 18 points for the Cavs, and Bailey Cartwright and Danielle Hartzog each had 10.

    Concordia slipped to 1-3 in the GNAC, 3-9 overall. Simon Fraser went to 2-2 in the conference, 4-5 for the season.

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