FRIDAY COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP/Warner Pacific falls to Morningside in second round of NAIA Division II tournament


USC 74, Oregon 54

• The Trojans bumped Oregon's underdog Ducks in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals Friday night at Las Vegas, Nevada.

USC (23-10) will meet 15th-ranked Arizona (26-7) in a battle of Nos. 2 and 1 seeds, respectively, for the title at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Wildcats went to overtime to defeat UCLA, 78-67.

Oregon, which was seeded sixth in the Pac-12 tourney, will wait to hear its postseason fate, after dropping to 22-12.

During the regular season, USC beat the Ducks 72-70 in Los Angeles on Feb. 15 and 75-70 at Eugene on Jan. 18.

The third meeting, at T-Mobile Arena, was tied at 17-17 before a 9-0 USC run midway through the first half. At intermission, the Trojans were on top, 37-23. Kyle McIntosh of the Ducks had 11 points on 5-for-10 field-goal shooting, but the rest of the team was 4 for 21.

Oregon would finish at 33.3 percent from the field, while Southern Cal shot 50.0 percent.

After pulling out dramatic tourney wins over Washington State, 64-62 in overtime, and Utah, 68-66, the Ducks were unable to mount another rally or find more second-half heroics.

McIntosh finished with 21 points. Elijah Brown had 16 for Oregon, and Troy Brown added x11. Sophomore point guard Payton Pritchard from West Linn was 1 of 11 from the field and had four points with a game-high seven assists.

Morningside (Sioux City, Iowa) 84, Warner Pacific 73

• Warner Pacific's season came to an end in the second round of the NAIA Division II tournament at Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Seeded third in their eight-team bracket, the Knights played from behind throughout the game and finished at 24-10.

Morningside (28-6) moved into the quarterfinals.

The Knights, who were second in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, shot 37.9 percent from the field.

The Mustangs hit 48.2 percent.

Brandon Bell (20 points), Collin Malcolm (19) and De'Jon Bowman (15) led WPC in scoring, with Xavier Cannefax going 3 of 17 from the floor and totaling 11 points.

Bowman led the Knights in rebounds with 11.

CCC champion College of Idaho, a No. 1 seed, advanced with a 62-60 victory again fifth seed Dakota Wesleyan of South Dakota

The quarterfinals are Saturday, the semifinals Monday and the championship game Tuesday.

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