Ducks all the way
Oregon 79, Utah 61
At Matthew Knight Arena
The Ducks had little trouble winning their next-to-last game both at home this season and for seniors Chris Boucher and Dylan Ennis — or anyone else who might leave early.
Juniors Dillon Brooks and Jordan Bell and sophomore Tyler Dorsey led the way. Brooks had 20 points, Dorsey 16 and Bell 17, with a team-high seven rebounds.
Oregon will take the nation's longest active win streak, 41 games, into a Saturday home finale against Colorado, which dealt the Ducks their only conference defeat this season.
Oregon, No. 7 in Associated Press poll and No. 8 in USA Today coaches poll, improved to 23-4 overall and 12-2 in the Pac-12 and stayed on the heels of conerence leader Arizona.
The Utes fell to 17-9, 8-6.
The Ducks led all the way and by as many as 21 points in the first half, which ended at 41-25. Dorsey had 10 points at the break, and Brooks had eight. Oregon shot 58.1 percent from the field and held the Utes to 37.5 percent, blocking five shots.
The Ducks maintained in the second half, finishing with a 14-2 edge in fast-break points and a 10-3 advantage in blocks.
Oregon wound up at 53.4 percent from the field; Utah hit 38.2 percent.
Bell was 7 of 8 from the field, Brooks 9 of 13 and Dorsey 6 of 11.
Freshman point guard Payton Pritchard had nine points, seven assists and six rebounds.
Colorado 60, Oregon State 52
At Gill Coliseum
The Beavers remained winless in Pac-12 play, but made it highly competitive.
Freshman guard JaQuori McLaughlin had 16 points for OSU, and Drew Eubanks added 14 points and eight rebounds.
The first half had seven ties and six lead changes. OSU led by as many as six points and had the edge, 25-24, after 20 minutes, with McLaughlin scoring nine points and Eubanks getting eight points and seven rebounds.
The Buffaloes boosted their lead to 46-35 with seven minutes to go.
Oregon State tied it at 50-50 with 3:17 left on a 3 by McLaughlin. The teams also were tied at 52-52 with less than two minutes remaining, after a Eubanks basket that made it six in a row from the field for the Beavers.
Colorado scored the next three points, then blocked an inside shot by OSU and sank a 3 for a 58-52 lead with 32 seconds left.
OSU lost the ball on offense, and the Buffs played out the final 20 seconds.
OSU dropped to 4-23, 0-14 Pac-12.
Colorado upped its record to 16-11, 6-8.
Montana State 92, Portland State 90 (OT)
At Bozeman, Montana
The Vikings had a shot to win at the end of regulation and OT, but fell on the road.
De'Sean Parsons of PSU led all scorers with 28 points, but he missed a free throw with no time left in regulation and a 3 at the end of the extra period.
In OT, the teams were square at 88-88 going into the final minute. A goaltending call against the Vikings gave MSU a two-point lead with 38 seconds to go. Brandon Hollins' putback tied it 10 seconds later.
Montana State set up for a final shot, and Tyler Hall hit a 12-foot step-back with 3.9 seconds remaining.
PSU rushed up the court and got off a shot, but Parsons couldn't connect from 3.
The teams were tied at 82-82 after 40 minutes. Parsons was fouled on a shot attempt just before the buzzer and hit his first free throw to tie the score, but he missed a second one that would have given the Vikings the victory.
MSU had made two free throws at the 42-second mark of regulation for a five-point lead.
Parsons converted two free throws with 33 seconds left to bring the Viks within three points again.
After MSU made one of two foul shots, PSU's Bryce Canda buried a 3 with 6.9 seconds to go, slicing the lead to 82-81.
Then Harold Frey of Montana State was called for an offensive foul against the Viks' defensive pressure.
PSU slipped to 12-12 overall, 5-8 in the Big Sky.
Montana State raised its record to 13-14, 8-6.
Canda had 15 points for the Vikings, Calaen Robinson had 14 and Zach Gengler 12.
MSU led 44-40 at the half, going 8 of 16 on 3's to PSU's 4 of 7. Robinson led the Viks in the half with 12 points; he was 3 of 3 on 3-pointers and 4 for 4 overall.
Midway through the second half, the Bobcats were on top, 65-57, with Hall nursing his four fouls.
Hall never fouled out and finished with 24 points.
Pacific 76, Portland 65
At Chiles Center
Damon Stoudamire's Tigers came to Portland and avenged a loss earlier this season to Terry Porter's Pilots in a battle of coaches who are former Trail Blazers guards.
UP won 80-76 in Stockton, California, on Dec. 29, before the Pilots lost senior point guard Alec Wintering to a knee injury.
On Thursday, the Pilots struggled from the field, shooting 35.4 percent. Their leading scorer, Jazz Johnson, came on late for a game-best 23 points.
Pacific finished at 41.9 percent from the floor.
The Tigers led 33-28 at intermission, thanks largely to their 11-2 edge in points off turnovers.
For the game, Stoudamire's team had a 30-11 advantage in bench points and 30-18 edge in the paint.
Concordia 68, Alaska Anchorage 67 (OT)
At LCEF Court
The Cavaliers stsunned the visiting Seawolves with two huge jump shots.
First, guard Latrell Wilson hit a long one in the final second of regulation to take the teams to five more minutes.
Then, with Concordia down by one point late in OT, guard Davis Nuaimi sank a long 2 for what proved to be the winning points.
Concordia blocked an Anchorage shot with the score tied in the final 90 seconds of the extra period, but forward Christopher Edward of the Cavs fouled out going for an offensive rebound with 1:06 left. The Seawolves went to the other end and missed two free throws — and committed a foul over the back, sending forward Drew Martin to the foul line, where he made one of two for a 66-65 Concordia lead.
Martin fouled out, too, though, with 46 seconds left as he fought for a defensive rebound. Anchorage hit a pair of free throws to go in front 67-66.
With about 17 seconds left, Nuaimi made a long 2 from the left corner after an offensive rebound was fed to him, putting the Cavaliers on top 68-67.
Anchorage missed a 3 at the buzzer,
The Seawolves fell to 13-4 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference — dropping one game behind first-place Western Washington — and 20-5 overall.
Concordia stayed alive for a possible conference playoff spot at 7-10 GNAC, 11-13 overall.
Portland State 69, Montana State 65
At Stott Center
The Vikings led most of the night and by as many as 13 points in the second half as they knocked off one of the leading teams in the Big Sky.
Ashley Bolston poured in a game-high 29 points for PSU and led all scorers.
The Vikings climbed to 11-14 this season and 5-8 in Big Sky action.
The Bobcats dropped to 18-6, 11-3.
PSU, which led 37-29 after two quarters, also got 12 points from Sidney Rielly and 11 from Michaela Kay.
Portland 78, Pacific 71 (OT)
At Stockton, California
The Pilots refocused after blowing a chance to win in regulation, and rode senior point guard Kaylie Van Loo's key plays during the night to a road victory.
Portland, leading by three points in the final second of the fourth quarter, fouled Pacific's GeAnna Luaulu-Summers on a 3-point try with 0.5 seconds left that would have tied the game. The shot headed well short of the basket.
An 87.5 percent foul shooter this season, Luaulu-Summers made all three free throws to send the game to overtime.
UP had outscored the Tigers 25-15 over the final nine-plus minutes of regulation. Portland fought back into a 60-60 tie, then took a 63-62 lead on a 3 by Holly Blades with 58 seconds to go.
With 26.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Pacific got a basket in the lane for a 64-63 lead. But Van Loo hit a go-ahead shot off dribble penetration and from 10 feet with 10.1 seconds remaining.
The Tigers missed a hurried, wild shot, and the ball went out of bounds to Portland with 2.4 seconds left. Pacific fouled Julie Spencer with 1.7 seconds left, and she made two free throws for a three-point lead — setting the stage for the Tigers' 3-for-3 saving performance at the foul line.
But the Pilots got up in overtime, and without a 3 attempt with 30 seconds left by Pacific that would have tied the game. The Tigers fouled Hannah Mattson of UP with 28.4 seconds to go, and she sank the second of two free throws for a four-point edge.
Pacific missed another 3 and had to foul again with 16.9 seconds left. Van Loo rebounded and added two free throws. A few seconds later, Mattson made another foul shot for the seven-point margin.
Van Loo led the game in scoring with 26 points and led the Pilots in assists with four. She also had six rebounds. Her point total was a career high for the second game in a row; she had scored 23 in her previous outing.
Hannah Mattson had 16 points for UP, and Spencer had 13. They each had seven rebounds.
The Pilots improved to 6-20 for the season and 4-11 in the West Coast Conference.
The Tigers fell to 9-17, 5-10 WCC.
Pacific had a 27-23 halftime lead, after going in front by 13 midway through the second quarter.
Central Washington 61, Concordia 44
At LCEF Court
The host Cavaliers stayed with Central Washington through the first half — the game was tied 14-14 after one quarter and 30-30 at intermission.
A 13-4 third quarter made a big difference, though, as CWU improved to 11-14 overall and 6-11 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
Concordia (10-15, 7-10 GNAC) got a team-high nine points from Bailey Cartwright.
Dixie State 17, Concordia 0
At St. George, Utah
The host Trailblazers, ranked 15th in NCAA Division II, improved to 6-3. They scored five runs in the fourth inning and seven in the fifth to build a 14-0 lead.
Concordia (1-7) had four hits in nine at-bats and gave up 23 over eight innings.