COLLEGE HOOPS: Dons pull out OT win over Pilot men; UP women claim WCC opener
The Portland Pilots' promising preseason wasn't quite enough to carry them in their West Coast Conference opener Saturday night.
San Francisco's Chris Adams hit a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and the Duns cruised after that to an 87-81 victory at Chiles Center.
USF improved to 8-5 overall, while the Pilots slipped to 8-5.
Junior guard Kevin Bailey, who had 24 points, gave UP a 69-66 lead when he sank a 3 with eight seconds left in regulation.
The Dons called timeout with 1.3 seconds left and inbounded from halfcourt to Adams, who buried his one-footed runner from the top of the key.
For the Pilots, Ryan Sharp came off the bench for 13 points, Thomas van der Mars scored 10 and freshman point guard Alec Wintering had a season-high 13 assists with one turnover.
USF shot 60 percent from the field, outscoring the Pilots 46-28 in the paint, while Portland had a 19-5 edge in points off turnovers.
The Pilots look to even their conference record on Monday when they face Santa Clara (7-7, 0-1) at 3 p.m. at Chiles Center. The Broncos lost 74-60 at No. 24 Gonzaga on Saturday.
Junior Jasmine Wooton scored 36 points as the Portland Pilots opened their WCC season with a victory on the road, topping University of the Pacific 73-65 at Stockton, Calif.
The career-high point total was the most by a Pilot since Martha Sheldon scored 36 in 1991.
Wooton, 5-8 guard from Northridge, Calif., matched her career high of 20 points by scoring that many in the first half. For the game, she was 10 of 19 from the field, with 6 of 9 from 3-point range. She also went 10 of 12 at the free-throw line.
UP led by nine points at the half and by as many as 16 points in the second half.
Portland improved to 8-4 overall with its third consecutive victory. The Tigers fell to 5-6 (0-1 WCC).
UP will continue conference play at 6 p.m. Monday at Saint Mary's. The Gaels (11-1, 1-0) upset No. 21 Gonzaga 79-78 in overtime Saturday at Moraga, Calif.., with former Westview High standout Jackie Nared getting 27 points and 11 rebounds for Saint Mary's.
Nared, a 6-1 guard, is averaging a team-high 22.3 points and is second in rebounds with 8.2 per game.