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FRIDAY COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL/Boise State stuns Oregon with half-court winner; Lewis & Clark loses NWC opener; Warner Pacific wins

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL

Boise State 73, OREGON 70

WILLAMETTE 64, Lewis & Clark 47

WARNER PACIFIC 94, Evergreen State 66

Northwest 81, MULTNOMAH 71

• A half-court shot at the buzzer ended Oregon's 46-game home winning streak.

Lexus Williams hit the winner from the middle of the "O" painted at center court to give the Boise State the 73-70 win at Matthew Knight Arena. His shot came after Payton Pritchard tied the score at 70 on a driving layup with 3.8 seconds left.

The Ducks (5-3) had their largest lead at eight points, 56-48, with 9:23 left. But Oregon only led once by a single point in the last six minutes of the game.

Pritchard scored a game-high 28 points for the Ducks. Elijah Brown added 17 points. Pritchard and Brown each played 36 minutes with freshman guard Troy Brown recovering from a concussion he suffered bumping heads with teammate MiKyle McIntosh late in Sunday's loss to Oklahoma in the PK80 Invitational.

"Really disappointed," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "We had our opportunities … and just made a lot of silly mistakes."

Defensive breakdowns and foul trouble proved costly. Paul White (in 22 minutes on the floor) and McIntosh (16 minutes) both fouled out of the game.

Boise State (7-1) was 0 for 8 from 3-point range in the first half and missed its first 10 shots from behind the arc. But the Broncos hit 7 of their last 9 from 3-point range, with Justinian Jessup making five of them for his 15 points.

Oregon paid for some poor transition defense on some of those 3s. All 14 of Boise State's transition points came in the second half.

"They just got a lot better looks and our defensive transition wasn't good," Altman said.

Chandler Hutchinson led Boise State with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Zach Haney hurt the Ducks inside in the first half with 15 points but had only two points in the second half.

The game featured 15 lead changes and 14 ties.

Boise State outscored Oregon 18-10 from the foul line as only Pritchard (7 for 7) and Brown (3 for 3) got to the line for the Ducks.

After Williams missed a layup with 39 seconds left and the game tied, Oregon's Roman Sorkin missed on a 3-pointer. Keith Smith got two put-back chances up before Sorkin was called for a foul while going after Smith's second miss.

Chris Sengfelder hit both free throws to put Boise State up 70-68 with eight seconds remaining. Pritchard then dribbled end to end for the tying layup before Williams let fly from the center circle for the winner.

The teams had split two games over the past two years, with UO winning 68-63 last season after losing 74-72 at Boise two years ago.

Altman lamented his team not making the tough plays, including losing key rebounds and getting beat in transition defense.

"We have a tremendous amount of work to do," Altman said. "I keep saying that. We have not made strides in the areas we need to make (strides)."

The next chance for the Ducks comes on Dec. 8 when Colorado State visits Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon's previous loss at Matthew Knight Arena came on Jan. 8, 2015 to Arizona.

• At Oregon State, sophomore guard JaQuori McLaughlin is leaving after asking to be released form the team. He started 35 of 38 games over two seasons, but his scoring average was down to 2.7 points per game this season after finishing at 10.5 as a freshman.

"Being a student-athlete is a lot of work, and there are some challenges that I've been faced with that have impacted me and kept me from being able to compete to the best of my ability in a way that would help my team win games," McLaughlin said in a statement via OSU.

Coach Wayne Tinkle, in the official statement, said "we hold our student-athletes to a high level of expectations on the court, off the court and in the classroom. Unfortunately sometimes that can be too much to ask for. JaQuori is a great kid with a tremendous heart and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors." 

• In Salem, the Northwest Conference season began for Lewis & Clark with the Pioneers losing to Willamette, 64-47. The Pios are 1-4 overall, the Bearcats 3-1. Conference coaches picked L&C to finish fifth out of nine teams; Willamette was chosen for eighth.

Lewis & Clark shot under 25 percent from the floor (16 of 65) while Willamette hit half of its field goals. The Pioneers were 7 of 33 (21.2 percent) from 3-point range.

Andrew Vickers had 15 points and Nico Bricker 11 points and seven rebounds for L&C.

• Concordia's Christopher Edward was named NCAA Division II men's basketball HERO of the week. A senior post, he had 19 points and a career-high 21 rebounds in a loss at Cal State San Marcos. Edward, from Rancho Cucamonga, California, is averaging 16.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.

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