Beavers fall to Cal; L&C-Linfield rescheduled; Concordia, Warner Pacific keep winning

by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - Gary Winston, a junior guard from Walla Walla, Wash., made the winning 3-pointer at the end of the third overtime Saturday night, as Portland State beat Montana 81-78 at Stott Center.Gary Winston's 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left in the third overtime gave Portland State an 81-78 win over Montana at Stott Center on Saturday night.

Winston scored all nine PSU points in the third OT, after the Vikings had rallied from nine points down in the closing 3:50 of regulation.

Tim Douglas' pass to Winston on the wing set up the winning basket, which lifted the Viks to 6-7 for the season and 1-3 in the Big Sky.

Montana, the defending conference champion, fell to 6-7, 1-3.

Winston finished with a career-high 21 points and a team-high five assists.

Marcus Hall added a career-best 21 points for the Vikings, making 5 of 6 shots from 3-point range.

Douglas had 18 points, five rebounds and four assists.

The triple OT was the first in 16 years for Portland State and only the second on record in Viking history (the other was a 101-100 win at the Rose Garden over Montana State on Feb. 21, 1998).

PSU, trailing 54-45, ended the second half with a 12-3 run to stay alive.

Douglas made a go-ahead jumper with 29 seconds left. Montana tied the score at 57-57 with one of two free throws at the 16-second mark.

At the end of the first OT, PSU center Brandon Cataldo scored on a tip-in with 47 seconds left to force a 62-62 tie.

The Viks led 72-65 in the second overtime, but Montana rallied.

PSU finished with a season-high 12 baskets from beyond the arc, on 27 attempts.

  • • Despite 26 points and a career-high nine assists by Roberto Nelson, Cal beat Oregon State 88-83 Saturday night at Gill Coliseum.

    Angus Brandt added 22 points for the Beavers, and Eric Moreland had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

    But OSU fell to 9-7 overall, 1-3 in the Pac-12 — after leading by 14 points in the first half.

    Cal (12-4, 3-0) cut the gap to 45-35 at the half, in which OSU shot 63 percent from the field, with 7 of 8 from 3-point distance.

    The Bears held the Beavs to 37 percent from the floor in the second half, though, and outscored Oregon State 14-4 off turnovers.

    Next for the Beavers is a Civil War game with Oregon at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at Gill Coliseum.

  •  A power outage at Linfield College and in parts of McMinnville forced postponement of the Lewis & Clark-Linfield game on Saturday.

    The teams will play their Northwest Conference game at 6 p.m. Sunday at Linfield.

  • • Concordia led nearly all the way Saturday night at Corban and picked up its fifth consecutive victory, 83-73.

    Adam Herman led the Cavaliers with 23 points. He also had 11 rebounds.

    Esvan Middleton had team highs of 12 rebounds and six assists, with seven points.

    Concordia improved to 14-4 overall and 4-3 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

    Corban slipped to 6-10, 2-5.

  •  Warner Pacific defeated host Northwest Christian 75-66 at Eugene on Saturday night.

    It was the Knights' third straight win.

    WPC made 11 of 28 shots from 3-point range, with Marcus Moore sinking 5 of 11 en route to a team-high 22 points.

    Doug Thomas had 21 points for the Knights, with five 3-pointers in 8 attempts.

    Sean Gaines added 12 points and a game-high three steals, and WPC's Josh Black had nine assists.

    The Knights climbed to 10-9 overall, 4-3 in the CCC.

    Northwest Christian, which lost its second in a row after going into the week ranked No. 25 in NAIA Division II, fell to 10-7, 4-3.

    WPC has won eight in a row over the Beacons and hasn't lost in Eugene since 2004.

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