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UCLA 87, Oregon 84 (OT)
A tough season for Oregon hit arguably its lowest moment Thursday night.
The Ducks not only failed to get their first win the Pac-12 season, but they blew a 17-point lead in the final minutes of regulation and a four-point lead in overtime.
The Bruins rallied from nine points down in the closing minute of the second half. ESPN termed it the largest deficit ever overcome in the last minute of a Pac-12 game.
Oregon survived, for a while, only when UCLA missed a last-second free throw that would have ended the game in regulation.
The Bruins then outscored Oregon 7-4 in OT.
Oregon lost despite a favorable margin in points off turnovers. The Ducks came up with 23 turnovers and turned them into 32 points, while UCLA got 12 points off 12 turnovers.
The Bruins improved to 10-6 overall, 3-0 in conference.
The Ducks fell to 9-6, 0-2.
Oregon shot 51.5 percent from the field in taking a 39-32 halftime lead. The lead grew to 17 points with 6:53 remaining. But in the final five minutes, UCLA roared back, and could have/should have won before overtime.
The Ducks were up 13 with just over two minutes to go.
Oregon point guard Payton Pritchard went 0 for 5 from the field and managed only four points in regulation, but he hit two free throws with 45 seconds left to seemingly keep UCLA at bay.
The Bruins, however, stole the ball and drew a three-shot foul, making all of them to get within 76-74.
UCLA fouled Victor Bailey Jr., who sank two free throws for a four-point Ducks advantage.
The Bruins' Prince Ali made a 3 with five seconds remaining to cut the UO lead to 78-77. With 3.3 seconds to go, UCLA fouled Pritchard, who made two more from the foul line to make the score 80-77.
The Ducks intentionally fouled Jaylen Hands on the inbound pass. He sank his first free throw, then intentionally missed the second with 2.6 seconds on the clock. UCLA's Chris Smith came up with a loose rebound under the basket, scored on a quick putback and drew a foul with 0.7 seconds remaining.
With the game suddenly tied, Smith went to the free-throw line looking to complete a winning three-point play. He missed off the back of the rim, and the teams went to OT.
Bailey made a layup to open the scoring in the extra period, and the Ducks' lead climbed to 84-80 two minutes into the five-minute frame.
UCLA fought back to lead 86-84 with 48 seconds left.
After Pritchard missed a 3, Oregon fouled the Bruins with 18.3 seconds to play. Moses Brown made the first and missed the second at the line.
King missed a chance to tie the game on a corner 3, and the ball went out of bounds to UCLA with 0.4 seconds left. The Bruins ran out the clock.
For the game, Oregon shot 40.3 percent from the floor, while the Bruins hit 51.7 percent.
Pritchard finished 0 of 6 from the field, with four points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Louis King (22 points), Bailey (20) and Paul White (16) paced Oregon in scoring.
Ali led the Bruins with 22 points.
Oregon State 79, USC 74 (OT)
Minus injured star forward Tres Tinkle (ankle), the Beavers pulled out the victory in Corvallis behind Stephen Thompson Jr.'s career-high 34 points.
The Beavers improved to 10-4, 2-0 Pac-12.
The Trojans are 9-7, 2-1.
The Beavers trailed by 11 in the first half before storming back for a 36-31 lead at the break. Thompson had 17 points in the half on 7-for-9 shooting from the field.
The game was a battle throughout the second half.
A layup by Nick Rakocevic with 2:18 to go put the Trojans in front 66-64.
But Thompson's offensive rebound basket pulled the Beavers even at 66-66 with 18.2 seconds left, and USC's Bennie Boatwright missed a 3 in the closing seconds of regulation.
In OT, the teams traded blows, too, with Ethan Thompson's 3 at the minute mark giving OSU a 75-74 edge.
Boatwright missed a 3, and OSU's Kylor Kelley got the rebound. The Trojans fouled Stephen Thompson, who made a free throw for a 76-74 lead.
Kelley blocked a layup by Kevin Porter Jr., and the ball went to Stephen Thompson, who was fouled and hit two more foul shots for a 78-74
lead with 18.4 seconds left.
Boatwright couldn't connect from 3, and Kelley was fouled and hit a free throw after grabbing another rebound.
USC's Derryck Thornton failed from beyond the arc, and Kelley pulled down the board again.
Boatwright led all scorers with 37 points, making 14 of 24 from the field, including 4 of 9 from outside the arc. He also led USC in rebounds with eight.
Stephen Thompson also game highs of 10 rebounds and five assists. He was 11 of 19 from the field, making 5 of 11 from 3-point range and 7 of 8 free throws.
Kelley finished with five points, five rebounds and a game-best seven blocks.
Ethan Thompson had 13 points.
BYU 79, Portland 56
The host Cougars pulled away after intermission at Provo, Utah.
Brigham Young raised its record to 10-8 overall, 2-1 in the West Coast Conference
Portland slipped to 7-10, 0-2 WCC.
The Pilots were within 36-30 at the half, despite shooting 33.3 percent from the field to BYU's 44.4 percent.
For UP, Franklin finished the game with 14 points and JoJo Walker had 10.
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Concordia 70, WESTERN WASHINGTON 62
The Cavaliers stunned WWU at Bellingham, Washington, for their first league victory of the season.
Concordia outscored the Vikings 21-10 in the fourth quarter.
The Vikings fell to 8-5, 3-2 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
The Cavaliers climbed to 6-7, 1-4, snapping a five-game losing streak.
Western Washington's last lead was 59-58.
A three-point play by Jewel Paaluhi-Caulk with 3:06 remaining put the Cavs on top 61-59.
The lead grew to six, then was cut to four at 66-62, but Concordia held on strong as first Erin Higbie and then Olivia Vezaldenos made two free throws in the final 13 seconds.
Vezaldenos finished with a game-high 28 points, Keesha Sarman added 15 points with a game high-tying 11 rebounds, and Higbie wound up with 14 points and seven boards for the visitors.
• Portland State has given coach Lynn Kennedy a contract extension through the 2022-23 season.
Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton will be back next season, after being granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.
Luton, who has started nine games for the Beavers, applied for the extra year due to missing eight games in 2017 with a spine injury.
• Oregon inside linebacker Troy Dye will be back for his senior season in 2019, the school announced Thursday.
Former University of Oregon golfer Wyndham Clark opened the Sony Open with a 1-over-par 71 and was tied for 89th after the first round.
Adam Svensson took the lead with a 61 at Wai'alae Country Club in Honolulu. He was one stroke ahead of Andrew Putnam.
Clark birdied his third hole, the 13th, but didn't get another bird until making birdies on his final three holes.
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