Ducks clip tenacious Cal
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
Oregon 73, California 65
It took time for the Ducks to hit a stride and then finish off Cal, but Oregon played well enough — especially after intermission — to move into the Pac-12 final with a chance to repeat as conference tournament champions.
The title game is 8 p.m. Saturday.
Tyler Dorsey scored 23 points to lead Oregon. Jordan Bell had game highs of 15 rebounds and five blocks.
Cal, the No. 5 seed, led much of the first half, despite an early head injury to standout Jabari Bird, who was lost 1:06 into the game.
At the half, the Ducks, seeded first and ranked fifth in the nation, managed a 36-33 lead, with both teams strong on defense.
Dorsey led the Ducks in scoring the first half with 13 points, hitting all three of his 3-point attempts, while Brooks struggled, going 1 of 9 from the field and totaling four points, with three turnovers.
The Bears played like a team knowing it may have needed a win to make the NCAA Tournament. But the Ducks were a little sharper after the break.
Brooks, not so much, as he finished with nine points on 3-for-12 shooting from the floor.
Cal trailed by three points with little over a minute remaining. Brooks hit one of two free throws with 1:18 left to give the Ducks a 67-63 lead.
The Bears cut it to 67-65 with 45.5 seconds left on two foul shots.
Then Dylan Ennis drove the right lane for a basket and a foul. His free throw pushed the lead to 70-65 with 22.6 seconds to play.
California missed a 2, and Ennis rebounded and was fouled and added two free throws.
Oregon improved to 29-4, while Cal dropped to 21-12.
Big Sky semifinal
Reno (Nev.) Events Center
Idaho State 54, Portland State 50
The seventh-seeded Vikings' tournament run came to an end on Friday afternoon, as
No. 6 seed Idaho State held off the Viks in the fourth quarter.
The final for ISU is noon Saturday against No. 1 seed Montana State, which downed No. 4 seed Eastern Washington 61-59 in the day's first semifinal.
The Bengals made 10 of 21 from 3-point range, while PSU was 2 of 10.
Leading scorers for the Vikings: Courtney West with 16 points, Ashley Bolston with 14, and Sidney Rielly with 10.
The Vikings rallied from a five-point deficit to lead 15-11 after one quarter.
The first half had five ties and six lead changes and ended with the Bengals on top 28-27. Through three quarters, Idaho State led 45-38.
The Bengals went scoreless for more than 3 1/2 minutes down the stretch, missing seven of eight field-goal attempts, and Portland State closed to within 49-46 with 1:10 remaining thanks to a 7-0 run.
The Bengals hit a jumper at the 43-second mark for a five-point lead.
West hit a layup with 22 seconds left, but Idaho State answered with two free throws 10 seconds later.
Then it was Bolston putting in a layup with nine seconds remaining to cut the Vikings' deficit to 53-50.
Idaho State made the first of two free throws, and Bolston missed a 3 in the final seconds.
PSU, which lost in the first round a year ago as the No. 11 seed, finished this season at 16-17, while ISU went to 19-13.
Oregon State 5, Ball State 0
Oregon State 5, Ball State 1
At Goss Stadium
OSU, ranked fourth and fifth in the major national polls, rallied in the nightcap to sweep an afternoon doubleheader.
Down 5-1, the Beavers scored three times in the fifth inning, as Christian Donahue tied the game with a squeeze and Trevor Larnach later had a two-run single.
OSU added two runs in the seventh on Larnach's sacrifice fly and a ground out by Adley Rutschman.
Grant Gambrell got his first career win in relief of starter Sam Tweedt.
Opening game starter Luke Heimich (3-0) blanked Ball State through seven innings on one hit — a leadoff single in the third. The junior left-hander wound up going eight innings and allowing a two-out single in the eighth. He had 11 strikeouts and no walks.
Nick Madrigal put the Beavers on the board with a home run in the first, and Cadyn Grenier had an RBI single in the second.
In the OSU eighth, Madrigal drove home another run with a hit through the left side. After an intentional walk to KJ Harrison loaded the bases, Larnach was hit by a pitch to make the score 4-0. Madrigal then scored on a wild pitch.
Freshman Mitchell Verburg from Lake Oswego High pitched the ninth for the Beavers, retiring the side in order with two strikeouts.
Ball State fell to 8-7.
OSU improved to 13-1, 6-0 at home, and has won eight in a row.
Oregon 2, Santa Clara 1
At PK Park
With just six hits, Oregon improved to 9-4 and took a 2-0 lead in the four-game Eugene series.
Santa Clara fell to 3-10.
The Ducks got a run on Jak Bennett's third-inning ground out and made the score 2-0 in the seventh, when Bennett delivered a sacrifice fly.
UO's David Peterson (3-1) went 7 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and one walk with 14 strikeouts.
Kenyon Yovan relieved in the eighth. He got the final five outs, allowing a two-out single and double in the ninth and then having a runner score from third on a passed ball. He posted four strikeouts, including a final one to end the game and notch his fourth save.
Portland 5, Northwestern 2
Northwestern 6, Portland 4
At Joe Etzel Field
The Pilots made their home debut for 2017 and won the first end of a twinbill.
Freshman starter Grady Miller (1-3) got the win, striking out 12 batters and four hits allowed in seven innings, and Matt Kelly homered.
The second game went back and forth, and a solo home run by Devin Kopas of UP (2-10) tied the score at 4-4 in the fifth.
But the Wildcats (3-10) went ahead in the seventh, using a Pilot error and passed ball to lead 6-4.
Wabash 4, Lewis & Clark 2
Lewis & Clark 10, Wabash 4
At Tucson, Arizona
The Pioneers (4-8) split a doubleheader with Wabash (6-4) at the Tucson Invitational.
The Pios broke a 3-3 tie in the nightcap with seven runs in the top of the fifth inning. A three-run home run by Akira Abderrahman started the scoring in that frame. Nick Lockwood added an RBI triple, and then Kellen Ochi drove in a run with a single and Matt Donovan hit a sacrifice fly.
Andrew Yarak went 6 2/3 innings for the victory.
Oregon 16, Hofstra 0
Oregon 9, Idaho State 3
At Jane Sanders Stadium
The No. 4 Ducks ran their record to 21-0 on opening day at home.
It was a hit parade in Game 1, with Oregon belting three home runs among its 11 hits. The long balls were provided by Nikki Udria, Miranda Elish and Megan Kleist.
Oregon scored in all four of its at-bats, starting with a six-run first.
Kleist (7-0) went the full five innings on the mound, allowing six hits and one walk, with six strikeouts.
Against Idaho State, a seven-run second did the trick, as Oregon won despite being out-hit 7-5 and not having an extra-base hit.
Maggie Balint (1-0) allowed three hits and one run in four innings.
Fresno State 4, Oregon State 1
At Fresno, California
Tied 1-1, the host Bulldogs pulled ahead with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Jessica Garcia had two of the Beavers' seven hits, and Kayleen Shafer drove in a run.
OSU slipped to 13-6.
FSU climbed to 14-8.
New Mexico State 8, Portland State 7
At Las Vegas, Nevada
The Vikings out-hit the Aggies 10-9, but fell to 1-15.New Mexico State is 7-10.
Leadoff batter Shae Nelson was 3 for 3 with a walk, and Kortney Craker was 2 for 3 with a double and four RBIs for the Viks.
DePaul 7, PSU 4
The Vikings led 3-2 through four innings but couldn't hang on in a game that had 21 hits, 10 by Portland State.
Nelson, Kaela Morrow and Alexis Morrison all had two hits for the Viks, and pinch-hitter Riley Casper drove in two runs with a double.
TRACK AND FIELD
The big individual news on the opening day of the NCAA Indoor Championships at College Station, Texas, came from Oregon's Edward Cheserek. He set a record of 16 NCAA titles by winning the men's 5,000 meters. He also advanced in the mile with the top qualifying mark and is scheduled to go for an historic triple on Saturday in that event and the 3,000.
Cheserek's 13:41.20 beat runner-up Marc Scott of Tulsa (13:43.83) and others.
The Oregon men led the standings with 17 points, but host Texas A&M was one behind and pre-meet favorite Florida was a close fifth with 10 points.
The Oregon women suffered a huge setback when 200 favorite Deajah Stevens was disqualified for taking two steps over her line and into an inside lane. The women were two points ahead of where they stood in winning last year after one day, but tied for 14th. They are going for their seventh team crown in eight years and still are considered to have a shot, despite the DQ of Stevens, who was timed in 22.28, what would have been a U.S. and college record.
Oregon 4, Washington 3
The Ducks opened conference play with a road victory over the No. 25 Huskies and improved to 7-5 overall.
Montana 6, Portland State 1
At Club Green Meadows, Vancouver, Washington
No. 1 singles Nathan Boniel scored the Vikings' point with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
PSU fell to 2-9 overall and 0-4 in the Big Sky.
Montana is 7-3, 3-2.
Portland 7, New Mexico State 0
At Davis, California
The Pilots began their weekend play in the Golden State Invitational with a sweep that improved their record to 7-1. The Aggies are 7-5.
UP's top singles, Mike Pervolarakis and Mathieu Garcia, each won in two sets and climbed to 7-1 this spring. No 3 Pierre Garcia also won in straight sets and raised his spring mark to 6-2.