Pamplin Media Group – Ducks, Pilots, Vikings score key men’s hoops wins; OSU teams fall

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THURSDAY, FEB. 24

Oregon men 68, UCLA 63 — The Ducks continue to be one of the most puzzling teams in the country after the win over No. 12-ranked UCLA on Thursday night. Oregon trailed 54-53 after a 10-0 Bruins’ burst, but made a 13-3 run to go up nine with 1:03 left in the game.

De’Vion Harmon put up 17 points and six rebounds for the Ducks while Will Richardson had 11 and 9. Jacob Young and Eric Williams Jr. scored in double figures as well with 14 and 11 points, respectively.

The win completes the season sweep of the Bruins for the Ducks, adding to a resume that has some solid quality wins, but some equally bad losses. There’s certainly still a path to the madness with two wins over UCLA on the resume, but there’s work to be done.

Oregon is now 18-10 overall and 11-6 in Pac 12 play, sitting in fourth place. Up next is another top-25 matchup at Matthew Knight Arena against No. 16 USC. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Portland State men 81, Weber State 75 — The Vikings got the best of Damian Lillard’s old stomping grounds to continue a recent streak of better play for PSU. Five Vikings players reached double digits in scoring, led by Michael Carter III with 19 points. Khalid Thomas had 17 points and also eight rebounds. Ezekiel Alley scored 14, Damion Squire had 12 and Marlon Ruffin had 11.

Considering the focus on growth this season for PSU, a win over one of the Big Sky’s perennial top teams is a solid sign. Plus a win over the second place team in your conference is always welcomed.

PSU is now 10-15 on the year and 8-9 in Big Sky play, good enough for seventh place. The Vikings will be back in action at 7 p.m. Saturday hosting Idaho State.

Portland men 75, Pacific 69 — Make it six consecutive wins for the Pilots and five in West Coast Conference play. Moses Wood was at it again with 18 points and eight boards while Chris Austin pitched in with 18 points for a Pilots team that had only six players make any kind of mark in the stat book. Still, it was enough to hold off a bad Pacific team to keep the win streak alive.

Tyler Robertson had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Pilots as well, and Mike Meadows contributed 12 points.

Portland continues to climb the standings, now 18-12 overall and 8-6 in WCC play, pushing them up to fifth. Portland only has one more regular season game, and it comes at 2 p.m. Saturday at Santa Clara.

USC men 94, Oregon State 91 (2OT) — Oregon State has shown a renewed effort recently, and Thursday night might have been the best example taking the No. 16 Trojans to double overtime before eventually falling. Deshawn Davis had the game of his college career with 31 points and seven assists, most of those points coming down the final eight minutes of the game to tie it up and send it to overtime.

Davis hit on 10 consecutive shots has he battled with the likes of Isaiah Mosley and Drew Peterson, who finished with 19 and 23 points respectively.

However, it wasn’t quite enough as USC went up by three with eight seconds left and Davis’ potential game-tying 3-pointer was missed at the horn of the second overtime.

Oregon State is now 3-23 overall with a 1-15 mark in the Pac 12, sitting in last. Up next is a 1 p.m. tipoff Saturday at home against No. 12 UCLA.

San Diego women 61, Portland 53 — San Diego pulled away late after the Pilots struggled to shoot the ball all night. Defense kept the game close until the fourth quarter, but the Toreros figured it out and pulled away for the win.

Alex Fowler had 17 points and eight rebounds for Portland while Maisie Burnham had 11, the only other Pilot in double digit scoring.

Portland is 17-9 overall, 7-7 in the WCC, putting them in fourth. The last game of the regular season comes at noon Saturday at home against visiting Pepperdine.

Utah women 70, Oregon State 58 — The Beavers fell behind early and couldn’t climb back against the Utes, drawing a tough blow for OSU’s outside chance of potentially making the NCAA tournament on an at-large bid.

The shots simply weren’t falling for OSU while Utah, the league’s top scoring offense, was feeling it in the first half. The Utes went a little cold in the second half, but the 41-30 lead at halftime was enough to carry them through.

Ellie Mack had 12 points to lead the Beavers while Talia von Oelhoffen had 11. OSU falls to 13-11 overall and 6-8 in Pac 12 play, sitting in a tie for seventh with UCLA. The Beavers close out the regular season at 11 a.m. Saturday at Colorado.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23

Colorado 86, Oregon women 83, 2 OT — It was a great women’s basketball game at Boulder, Colorado, as the Buffaloes beat the Ducks.

Oregon rallied in regulation, the first overtime and then the second overtime.

Endyia Rogers, who tied the game in regulation and the first overtime, hit a layup to bring the Ducks within 84-82 with 44 seconds left. And, Oregon (18-10, 10-6 Pac-12) had a chance to tie, but Nyara Sabally made only one of two free throws with four seconds left.

Jaylyn Sherrod iced the win for Colorado (19-7, 8-7 Pac-12) with two free throws. She led the Buffaloes with 17 points. Mya Hollingshed had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Rogers had 28 points and Sabally 22 (and 11 rebounds) for Oregon.

Rogers had tied the game at 72-72 with two free throws with 14 seconds left in regulation. She hit a layup with 28 seconds left in the first overtime to bring Oregon even at 80-80.

Weber State 73, PSU women 65 — The Vikings (5-19, 0-16 Big Sky) were competitive at Ogden, Utah, but dropped their 14th consecutive game. Jada Lewis had 22 points for PSU, hitting six 3-pointers. Savannah Dhaliwal added 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Nurkic out — The Trail Blazers announced that center Jusuf Nurkic will be out at least four weeks with left foot plantar fasciitis.

The foot issue and Nurkic’s absence comes at a bad time, as the Blazers (25-34) had won four games in a row before the All-Star Game break to keep themselves in the fight for the 10th spot in the Western Conference (a play-in spot for playoffs).

Nurkic has played through symptoms of plantar fasciitis since September, the team said. He’ll continue treatment and recovery program and will be reevaluated in four weeks.

He’s averaging 15 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals. His field goal percentage (.535) and rebounding average are career highs. He has 30 double-doubles, which ranks eighth in the NBA.

Prior to Wednesday’s announcement, the team announced Tuesday it signed former Oregon State and Reynolds High center Drew Eubanks to a 10-day contract and guard Brandon Williams to a two-way contract.

Portland plays Golden State on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the team announced that newly acquired Joe Ingles has undergone successful anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery on his left knee.

Thorns preseason tournament — The Thorns will host OL Reign, the Chicago Red Stars and the United States under-23 team for a series of preseason matches March 5-11. Tickets go on sale for these preseason games and for the NWSL Challenge Cup home matches at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1 through thornsfc.com.

The schedule: Saturday, March 5 – Chicago Red Stars vs. U.S. U-23 WNT at 2:30 p.m.; Thorns vs. OL Reign at 5 p.m.Tuesday, March 8 – Chicago vs. OL Reign at 5 p.m.; Thorns vs. U.S. U-23 WNT at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 11 – U.S. U-23 WNT vs. OL Reign at 5 p.m; Thorns vs. Chicago at 7:30 p.m.

New T2 staff — The Portland Timbers have announced the coaching staff for the reborn T2, which will begin play this spring in the new MLS NEXT Pro league. Shannon Murray, an assistant coach under Giovanni Savarese, will shift roles to become the head coach for T2. His assistant coaches are former Timbers midfielder Andres Flores and Serge Dinkota, who moves from coaching the U-15 and U-19 Timbers Academy teams. Steve Reese, who has coached for T2, the Thorns and the youth academy for more than a decade, will be the T2 goalkeepers coach.

T2 will play its home games at Hillsboro Stadium and the administrative side of the operation, including ticket sales, is being run by the Hillsboro Hops.

Pickles promotions — The Portland Pickles have announced some of their 2022 promotions for home games at Walker Stadium. The Pickles are the local summer baseball team made up of collegiate players playing in a wooden bat league.

Highlights:

June 10 — Portugal The Man Night. The band members will be appearing, and throwing out the first pitch, and the stadium plays their music all night long.

July 16 — The Dude Night. It’s for all things “Big Lebowski” with free rugs to tie the room together.

July 17 — Trail Blazers Night. Appearances are planned by mascots and players.

July 20 — Exploding Whale Night. It commemorates the infamous 1970 event on the Oregon Coast.

For more: http://www.portlandpicklesbaseball.com.

Local goalballers — Asya Miller of Portland and Eliana Mason of Beaverton helped the USA women to a bronze medal at the IBSA Goalball Americas Championships at Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Miller led the way with 20 goals in the tournament and Mason had 19.

The USA men won silver.

Both the men and women have now qualified for the IBSA Goalball World Championships, June 6-18 in Hangzhou China, a tournament that serves as a crucial part of qualifying for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.

TUESDAY, FEB. 22

Tuesday sports news — In honor of 2-22-22, the Scoresheet team took a break on Tuesday. The news did not. A quick recap:

•Â At a preseason press conference, MLS Commissioner Don Garber said that MLS, through an (unnamed) independent law firm, is investigating whether the Portland Timbers properly reported the domestic violence allegations from May of 2021 against Andy Polo.

Garber also expressed faith in Timbers owners Merritt Paulson and his father, former U.S. Treasury secretary and Goldman Sachs CEO, Hank Paulson, stating:

“I have faith in the Paulson family. We’ll wait and see what comes out of

this investigation, which is the only one that we really are engaged in, and then we’ll make the decisions that we need to make once that investigation is concluded.”

• The Portland Timbers announced that Stephanie Ludwig has been promoted to head athletic trainer, meaning both the men’s professional soccer team and Portland’s NBA franchise now have women in the role of head trainer. The Trail Blazers promoted Jessica Cohen to head trainer in January.

• Portland State’s Olivia Grey was named the Big Sky Conference softball pitcher of the week for the second consecutive week. The junior from Woodland, Washington is 5-0 with a 1.26 ERA.

• Portland State’s Capu Sanoner was named the Big Sky Conference women’s tennis player of the week for the second consecutive week. The native of France posted wins at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles (with Nika Beukers) against Colorado.

•Â Kraken lose to Isles — Seattle lost its fifth in a row as the New York Islanders won 5-2 at Climate Pledge Arena. Zach Parise scored twice and had an assist for the visitors.

MONDAY, FEB. 21

Blazers moves — The Trail Blazers have signed rookie forward Trendon Watford to a standard NBA contract. He had been on a two-way contract.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the contract was for four years and $5.8 million and includes two non-guaranteed seasons.

The undrafted Watford, from LSU, has made it into Portland’s rotation — early on because of roster turmoil and absences — and impressed coach Chauncey Billups and interim GM Joe Cronin. He’s averaging 6.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 17 minutes in the past 17 games.

The Blazers are waiving guard Dennis Smith Jr., who is out with an elbow injury. He appeared in 37 games, averaging 5.6 points and 3.6 assists.

Wojnarowski also reported that the Blazers would be signing Drew Eubanks, a former Reynolds High and Oregon State player, to a 10-day contract. He played in 148 games over four seasons with San Antonio; Toronto waived him after a trade deadline deal with the Spurs.

And, the team was signing G League guard Brandon Williams to a two-way contract.

Portland women 89, Saint Mary’s 84 — Alex Fowler scored 26 points as the Pilots (17-8, 7-6 WCC) beat the Gaels at Moraga, California. Maddie Muhlheim had 19 points and five 3-pointers.

Montana State 82, PSU women 57 — At Viking Pavilion, the Vikings (5-18, 0-15 Big Sky) lost their 13th consecutive game. Jada Lewis had 14 points for Portland State.

Ducks baseball — Oregon won its first game of the year after scoring a school-record 12 runs in the top of the eighth inning in a 21-11 win at San Diego.


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