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THURSDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Ducks no match for USC; Vikings continue win streak at home; Pilots go cold late at San Diego; PSU women falter against Idaho State

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UCLA 68, Oregon State 67

At Pauley Pavilion, the Beavers rallied to lead late but dropped to third in the Pac-12 with the loss to the Bruins.

Stevie Thompson Jr. gave Oregon State its first lead with 1:22 left, hitting a shot from the key to make it 67-65.

Chris Smith's driving spinning circus shot with 21.2 seconds left put UCLA ahead 68-67.

Tres Tinkle missed 3-point attempts on OSU's last two possessions, including a deep 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining.

Oregon State is 16-9 overall and 8-5 in conference and fell behind second-place Arizona State in the Pac-12 standings. UCLA improved to 14-13, 7-7.

Thompson finished with 21 points and seven assists, and Tinkle had 19 points and 16 rebounds.

The UCLA lead bounced from four to 11 in the second half, but the Beavers had their chances late.

Five players scored in double figures for UCLA, which was led by 14 points from freshman center Moses Brown, who also had 10 rebounds.

UCLA was 18 for 28 from the line, the misses helping OSU hang around on a night the Beavers went 1 for 3 from the stripe.

Next for the Beavers is a 3 p.m. Saturday game at USC.  

USC 66, Oregon 49

At Los Angeles, Oregon presented no problem for the Trojans, who led by double digits for most of the second half against the offensively-challenged Ducks.

It was the third consecutive road game in which Oregon was not competitive. The Ducks fell to 15-11, 6-7 in the Pac-12.

Bennie Boatwright scored 20 points for USC and continued his hot 3-point shooting by hitting 6 of 9 from behind the arc. The Trojans improved to 15-12, 8-6.

Oregon shot only 33.3 percent and, as was the case on Saturday in a loss at Oregon State, struggled in the second half to get good shots. From 3-point distance, the Ducks were 4 for 21 (19 percent).

Louis King led the Ducks with 16 points, six rebounds and three assists. Victor Bailey Jr. had 10 points and Paul White nine. Payton Pritchard continued to struggle, finishing 2 for 10, including 1 of 7 from 3-point distance in a five-point game.

Oregon led by six in the first half. The Ducks led 21-16 with seven minutes left in the first half. The Trojans closed the first half on a 14-4 run to lead by five.

The Ducks visit UCLA at 7 p.m. Saturday.

PORTLAND STATE 99, Idaho State 93

The Vikings won their third consecutive game, and fifth in a row at Viking Pavilion, to improve to 12-14, 7-8 in Big Sky play.

PSU shot a season-best 51.5 percent, including 53.6 percent from 3-point range.

Deante Strickland hit 5 of 6 3-pointers and scored a career-high 20 points for Portland State, which had five players in double figures. Holland "Boo Boo" Woods had 16 points and eight assists, and Michael Mayhew went 5 for 8 on 3's and had 17 points.

Rashaad Goolsby had 15 points and nine rebounds and three assists for the Viks, who got 63 points off the bench and 23 second-chance points.

Sal Nuhu had 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. Michael Nuga had 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Vikings led by 15 points in the second half, but the Bengals hung around by hitting 24 of 34 free throws and 13 of 26 3-pointers.

SAN DIEGO 63, Portland 52

At San Diego, the Toreros ended the game on a 9-0 run to keep the Pilots winless in West Coast Conference play. Portland led 46-44 with 10:28 left, but managed only one basket and four free throws for six points the rest of the way.

A Crisshawn Clark free throw with 2:07 left got Portland within 54-52. A Tyler Williams layup put San Diego up four with 1:34 to go. And, after JoJo Walker missed a jumper, a 3-pointer by Olin Carter III with 40 seconds left pushed the San Diego lead to seven points.

Portland has lost 14 in a row and fallen to 7-21, 0-13 in the WCC. San Diego, which broke a three-game skid, is 17-11, 6-7.

Tahirou Diabate led Portland with 12 points, and Hugh Hoagland had 10.

Walker and Marcus Shaver Jr. had nine points apiece.

Isaiah Pineiro led San Diego with 22 points and 16 rebounds.

The Pilots visit Pepperdine at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Central Washington 79, CONCORDIA 73

At LCEF Court, the visiting Wildcats led almost the whole way and by double digits for most of the second half to claim the Great Northwest Athletic Conference win.

Concordia is 9-16, 4-13 in GNAC games. Central Washington is 11-14, 5-12.

Jarrett Gray led the Cavaliers with 17 points, Tyler Wells scored 15 and Dakota Ayala had 13. Cody Star had eight assists.

Jeryn Lucas led Central Washington with 19 points. 

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IDAHO STATE 72, Portland State 54

At Pocatello, Idaho, the Bengals limited the Vikings' top weapons to knock PSU out of the Big Sky lead.

Ashley Bolston and Sidney Rielly combined for only five points and neither had a field goal on a rough offensive night for the Viks, who had a four-game win streak end and lost to ISU for the second time this season.

Portland State is 19-5 overall and 11-4 in the Big Sky. Idaho State is 17-8 overall, 12-4 in conference play.

The game was tied at halftime, but PSU was 4 for 21 in the second half, when it was outscored 37-19.

Savannah Dhaliwal continued her strong play, leading the Viks with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Courtney West was the only other Viking in double figures, with 12 points.

Grace Kenyon shared the scoring lead for the Bengals with 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Five players scored in double figures for ISU.

Next for Portland State is a 2 p.m. Saturday visit to Sacramento State.

Portland 69, SAN FRANCISCO 66

At San Francisco, Julie Spencer scored 20 points and Jayce Gorzeman a career-high 17 as the Pilots swept the season series from the Dons.

Josie Matz had a key steal and layup, Haylee Andrews hit a big jumper and Spencer had a big layup to put the Pilots up four entering the final minute.

Portland is 12-14, 4-11 in West Coast Conference play. San Francisco is 6-20, 2-13.

Spencer hit four 3-pointers and made three steals. Gorzeman had six rebounds and three assists.

Shannon Powell led four Dons in double figures with 16 points.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Oregon 3, New Mexico State 1

Bethune-Cookman 5, Oregon 3

No. 17 Oregon totaled nine hits and six runs in 14 innings and settled for a split on the first day of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Cathedral City, California.

The Ducks (now 8-3) had only five hits in their first game, and were tied 1-1 with New Mexico State through 3 1/2 innings. Shaye Bowden's homer in the bottom of the fourth put the Ducks back on top, and Cherish Burks added an RBI single in the fifth. Oregon's first run came on an RBI foul-out by April Utecht in the third. Jordan Dail (6-0) got the win, tossing a three-hitter with four walks and seven K's.

Oregon fell behind 5-0 after 1 1/2 innings of its nightcap. That forced Dail to come back in relief. But the Ducks, who got a two-run double from Alee Bunker in the fourth to cut the gap to 5-3, left three runners on base the rest of the way, with two stranded after getting on base with one out in the seventh.

Bethane-Cookman improved to 4-7.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Western Oregon 3, CONCORDIA 2

At Concordia, the Wolves rallied with a two-run seventh inning to capture the nonleague game.

Each team had four hits. Concordia, which got RBIs from Dominic Enbody and Jake Wikel, fell to 2-7. WOU is 2-0.

COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD

Portland State senior Donte Robinson took the first-day lead in defense of his heptathlon title at the Big Sky indoor championships in Bozeman, Montana. He capped his day with a PR clearance of 6 feet, 6 1/4 inches in the high jump to turn a 65-point deficit into a 42-point lead. He totaled 2,989 points. Montana State's Wyatt Thompson-Siporen was second.

Kristen O'Handley, a PSU sophomore, finished 10th in the pentathlon with 3,384 points.

PGA TOUR

Former University of Oregon golfer Aaron Wise shot a 2-over-par 73 to open the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship in Mexico City. He was tied for 47th, 10 strokes behind first-place Rory McIlroy, who was one ahead of Dustin Johnson.

• In the first round of the Puerto Rico Open, ex-Duck Ben Crane turned in a 4-under 68 to tie for third while former Duck Wyndham Clark had a 70 and was in a tie for 20th. Andres Romero led with a 66, one ahead of Sepp Straka.

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