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COLLEGE WATCH: UP men stick with No. 1 Spartans for a while; Pilot women lose at Montana

MEN'S BASKETBALL

The University of Portland stayed close much of the way against No. 1 Michigan State before losing 82-67 Monday night at East Lansing, Mich.

Portland (1-2) led 32-31 late in the first half. The Spartans (4-0) were on top 36-32 at the half and broke a 46-46 tie with a 13-5 run.

Michigan State used 15 offensive rebounds to post a 24-9 edge in second-chance points.

Junior guard Kevin Bailey scored 12 points for UP. Ryan Nicholas and Bobby Sharp each had 11 points.

Senior guard Keith Appling led MSU with 25 points, going 5 of 5 on 3-pointers and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line. He also had seven assists.

Portland returns to Chiles Center for three games in three nights — 5 p.m. Thursday vs. Idaho, 7 p.m. Friday against Columbia and 7 p.m. Saturday with North Texas.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The Portland Pilots fell to 2-2 with a 68-61 road loss Monday night to Montana (2-0) at Missoula.

Jasmine Wooton, a 5-8 junior guard from Northridge, Calif., led UP scorers with 20 points.

Montana took the lead for good at 43-42 with 8:17 remaining. The Griz stretched their advantage to 10 points. Portland got within 63-59 with 54 seconds left and then made five free of six free throws to close out the game.

The Grizzlies lead the all-time series 14-8.

Portland is idle until Sunday, when it plays host to Seattle at 4 p.m.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

Concordia (17-1-1) drew the No. 4 seed in the NAIA tournament and will open at home against William Jessup (14-6-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Warriors come to Tuominen Yard having won the California Pacific Athletic Conference tournament title last week, edging Marymount California 1-0 in the semifinals and beating Embry-Riddle 3-0 in the championship match.

It will be the first meeting ever between the two teams. William Jessup is 0-2-0 all-time in the NAIA tourney. Concordia is 23-12-2 in national playoff games.

The winner will go to Orange Beach, Ala., for the rest of the NAIA playoffs, Dec. 2-7, and face a second-round game against either No. 13 seed St. Thomas or unseeded Hastings.

VOLLEYBALL

MANGANTwo Concordia players — setter Lindsay Mangan, a senior from Huntington Beach, Calif., and middle blocker Mariah Raudsepp, a junior from C.S. Lewis Academy and Dundee — have been named to the all-Cascade Collegiate Conference team.