THURSDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Pilots suffer another close loss, while Ducks and Beavers cruise to homecourt Pac-12 victories


MONTANA 80, Portland State 60

• The Big Sky-leading Grizzlies raised their record to 12-0 in conference and 19-5 overall with the homecourt victory.

The Vikings fell to 4-7 in the Big Sky and 14-10 overall.

UM led 34-29 at halftime, then scored the next 12 points on 5-for-5 field-goal shooting in a game that had had eight lead changes and seven ties.

Shooting, a bugaboo at times this season for the Viks, was a problem against the Griz defense, as PSU managed to hit just 31.3 percent from the floor for the game (22.2 percent from 3-point range).

The Vikings played again without suspended leading scorer Deontae North, and guard Derek Brown led them in scoring with 16 points.

SAN FRANCISCO 65, Portland 63

• The Pilots never led by stayed close all the way on the road.

Portland fell to 10-16 overall and 4-9 in the West Coast Conference, while the Dons improved to 14-12, 6-7.

The Dons had a 28-26 halftime lead.

UP freshman point guard Marcus Shaver Jr. got fouled on a drive and made two free throws with 1:32 left to pull the visitors within 60-59. USF got a two-point jumper to reclaim a three-point lead. Shaver answered with a quick, driving layup. With 32 seconds remaining, the Dons drew a foul and made two free throws. Shaver drove and got back to the line, where he made both free throws with 18.3 seconds to go.

With 12.3 seconds left, San Francisco made one of two free throws.

The Pilots, trailing 65-63, went for 3, but D'Marques Tyson missed a shot from off the dribble at the buzzer.

Shaver led all scorers with 22 points (7 of 15 from the field, 7 of 8 at the line) and had a game-high seven rebounds.

OREGON 65, Washington 40

• The Ducks, coming off a 96-61 defeat to Stanford, led for all but 3:51.

Oregon climbed to 16-8 overall, 6-5 in the Pac-12 and 12-3 at Matthew Knight Arena.

The Huskies dropped to 17-7, 7-4.

Troy Brown had 16 first-half points in leading the Ducks to a 28-21 advantage.

Oregon extended its lead to 16 points in the first 8:50 of the second half.

Brown finished with a career high-tying and game-high 21 points, sinking 8 of 12 field-goal attempts.

Payton Pritchard scored 12 points and had a team-high seven assists for Oregon.

Kenny Wooten was 6 of 7 from the field and had 12 points, five rebounds and game-best seven blocks for the Ducks.

OREGON STATE 94, Washington State 62

• The Beavers, in ending a four-game losing streak, outscored the Cougars 13-0 in the final 3:32 for a 37-24 lead at intermission.

Things continued to go well for Oregon State after that, as the Beavs scored 57 points in the final 20 minutes and raised their record to 12-11, 4-7 Pac-12 and 11-3 at home.

The Cougars, coached by former UO coach Ernie Kent, fell to 9-14, 1-10.

For Oregon State, all five starters finished in double figures, with Tres Tinkle getting 20 points, Alfred Hollins 19, Drew Eubanks 18, Stephen Thompson Jr. 16 and Ethan Thompson 10.

OSU shot 56.9 percent and had 21 assists on 33 baskets. WSU made 37.9 percent from the field.

Saint Martin's 71, CONCORDIA 58

• The visiting Saints held off the Cavaliers in the second half.

Concordia, which has lost 19 games in a row, is 4-19 overall and 0-15 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Saint Martin's is 18-5, 11-4 GNAC.

The Cavs got 18 points from Jarrett Gray and 10 from Christopher Edward.


PORTLAND STATE 70, Montana 53

• The Vikings improved to 12-10 overall and 6-5 in the Big Sky.

Montana slipped to 12-11, 8-4.

The Vikings led 23-20 at the half, then stretched that to 42-34 after three quarters.

Ashley Bolston and Kiana Brown (14 points apiece) and Courtney West (12) led PSU on offense, and the Vikings held the Grizzlies to 37.0 percent from the floor while forcing 20 turnovers and turning them into 19 points.

San Francisco 76, PORTLAND 63

• Visiting USF outscored UP 26-17 in first quarter and never trailed en route to the win at Chiles Center.

Kate Andersen had 13 points and Rachelle Owens 14 for the Pilots. Julie Spencer had 11 rebounds and six points, going 6 of 8 at the free-throw line and 0 of 4 from the field.

Portland got to within 56-52 after three quarters, but was outscored 16-0 in a seven-minute run in which the Pilots were 0 of 12 from the field.

UP dropped to 1-12 in the WCC and 5-19 for the season, while USF went to 7-6, 12-12.

Alaska Anchorage 73, CONCORDIA 69 (OT)

• Alaska Anchorage, ranked sixth in NCAA Division II, survived a visit to LCEF Court but had to go overtime.

The Seawolves took a 60-58 lead on two free throws with 3.6 seconds to go in regulation. The Cavaliers called time out and their midcourt inbounder, Kizzah Maltezo, got the ball back just in time to hit a mid-range jumper with four-tenths of a second remaining.

Concordia scored the first point in the extra period but trailed all the way after that.

For the Cavs, Bailey Cartwright had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Danielle Hartzog 15 points, Maltezo 13 points and Erin Higbie 11 points.

Concordia slipped to 6-9 in the GNAC and 12-11 for 2017-18, while Alaska Anchorage climbed to 14-1, 21-2.


Oregon 8, Georgia 3

•The third-ranked Ducks opened their season with a wire-to-wire victory over the 25th-ranked Bulldogs on the opening day of the Kajikawa Classic at Tempe, Arizona.

Home runs by UO's Gwen Svekis (a two-run blast in first inning) and Shannon Rhodes (two-run shot in the sixth) led the 11-hit attack that backed the pitching of starter Megan Kleist and Maggie Balint.

Kleist (1-0) gave up three runs on six hits in six innings, striking out six batters. Balint allowed no hits in tossing the final frame.

Oregon will play Fresno State at 8 a.m. PT Friday.

• Oregon State associated head coach Marcie Green is not with the team for its opening weekend trip to Tempe for medical reasons, the school announced on Thursday. She is expected to return later this month. Jolene Henderson will take her place as pitching coach.


Oregon State has booked a two-hour spring football practice, free to the public, for Mountainside High in Beaverton at a time to be determined on Saturday, April 14.


PORTLAND 109, Charlotte 103 (OT)

The Blazers outscored the Hornets 12-6 in overtime at Moda Center.

Jusuf Nurkic had 24 points and 14 rebounds for Portland. CJ McCollum scored 22 points, and Damian Lillard had 18. Al-Farouq Aminu grabbed 15 rebounds.

Lillard passed Jerome Kersey and went to fifth on the franchise's all-time scoring list.

Kemba Walker had 40 points, 17 in the fourth quarter, for the Hornets, and Dwight Howard had 15 rebounds to go with seven points.

Portland improved to 29-26, while Charlotte dropped to 23-31.


PGA Tour rookie Aaron Wise from the University of Oregon fired a 6-under-par 65 at Monterey Peninsula to tie for third after one round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He had six birdies.

Another ex-Duck, veteran Ben Crane, had a 4-under 68 at Pebble Beach and was tied for 16th.

Kevin Streelman and Beau Hossler have the lead at 7-under.

Peter Jacobsen, the Portland native who plays occasionally still on the Champions Tour, shot a 6-over 78 at Spyglass Hill and was in a tie for 153rd.


Former Jesuit High golfer Scott Harrington shot a 1-over 72 and was tied for 75th after the opening round of theClub Colombia Championship in Bogota, Colombia.

Rookie Wyndham Clark from the Oregon Ducks had a 74 and was tied for 110th.

Four golfers shared the lead with 66s.

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