Beavers keep right on going

OSU stuns Tennessee 70-56 for first NCAA Tourney win in 39 years
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Less than a week after an improbable run to the NCAA Tournament, the Oregon State men’s basketball team continued its magical season with a 70-56 upset of Tennessee in the Midwest Region first round Friday night in Indianapolis.

OSU (18-12) got 16 points from 7-foot-1 senior Roman Silva, and hit 10 of 21 three-point shots on the way to becoming the latest No. 12 seed to upend a No. 5 seed.

Tennessee, ranked as high as No. 5 after winning 10 of its first 11 games, trailed by as many as 20 points in the second half before rallying to only as close as 10. The Volunteers hit just five-of-26 three-point attempts and got drilled 20-10 in assists.

Sophomore Jarod Lucas had 14 points and six rebounds, and senior Ethan Thompson added 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Beavers, who were picked to finish last in the Pac-12 Conference, but won the conference tournament to earn an automatic berth in the postseason.

Silva hit all eight of this field-goal attempts.

Oregon State’s win was its first tournament victory since 1982. The Beavers have won seven of their last eight games after reaching .500 as late as Feb. 20.

Tennessee finished 18-9.

Oregon State rolled its underdog role right into Bankers Life Fieldhouse, throwing the Vols into an offensive funk while building a 19-point lead.

Beavers, Ducks get their spots

OSU's Pac-12 title earns a 12 seed, while Oregon is a 7 in NCAA Tourney
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The top of the Pac-12 didn't get much respect from the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Selection Committee Sunday, but that hasn't been an issue for the Oregon State Beavers.

Picked for last at the start of the season, the Beavers won the conference tournament Saturday, which earned a 12th seed in the Midwest Region - the seeds that traditionally are reserved for teams that play their way in by winning their conference tournament, but are not selected by the committee.

OSU will play fifth seeded Tennessee Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Oregon, which won the Pac-12 regular season title but fell to OSU in the Pac-12 semifinals, earned a 7th seed in the Western Region and will play 10th seed Virginia Commonwealth Saturday at 7 p.m.

All tournament games are set to be played in Indianapolis.



In a season marked by no fans, cancelled games and the least amount of respect available from across the West, the Oregon State men's basketball team essentially stunned the world Saturday with a 70-68 victory over Colorado in the title game of the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas.

OSU hit six of its first nine three-point attempts and staved off the Buffaloes in a tightly-played second half to win the conference tournament for the first time in a season in which they were predicted to finish last. Instead, they nabbed the tournament's fifth seed, beat fourth-seeded UCLA in overtime Thursday, top-seed Oregon Friday, and trailed for only one possession in the second half on the way to the tournament title.

Maurice Calloo came off the bench to lead OSU with 15 points, and Jerrod Lucas added 

The Beavers improved to 17-12 on the season.

Oregon State last reached the conference title game in 1988, when the conference had ten teams. The Beavers lost to Sean Elliott's Arizona Wildcats in that final.

The last time the Beavers won the Pac-10 title during the regular season was 1984, when the team won it's fourth title in five years.

OSU hit 9 of 22 three-point shots in the game, including three by Calloo in the first half as it built a 32-27 lead after 20 minutes. Colorado surged into the 37-36 lead, but OSU ran off six straight points and never trailed thereafter.

The Buffaloes held a 32-27 rebounding edge, including 12 offensive boards. But, Colorado hit just 12 of 20 free-throw attempts, and had nine turnovers to just seven for Oregon State.

McKinley Wright led Colorado with 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

With the OSU win, the Pac-12 might get five berths into the NCAA Tournement: Oregon, UCLA, USC and Colorado figured to be near locks for the selection committee.


Ducks, Beavers head to women's tourney

Oregon earns sixth seed, OSU nabs eighth spot
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The Pac-12 women's basketball tournament didn't go so well Oregon or Oregon State, but the important tournament awaits this weekend.

Sparked by a stacked top third of the conference, the Pac-12 got six teams into the 68-team NCAA Tournament field, including both Oregon and Oregon State.

Oregon earned a No. 6 spot and will play 11th seed South Dakota Monday at 7 p.m.

Oregon State earned a No. 8 seed and will play ninth seed Florida State Sunday at 4:30 p.m. A win Sunday would move the Beavers to a likely meeting with top seeded South Carolina.

All the women's tournament games are being played in San Antonio, Texas.



Oregon scorches indoor field

Ducks win men's indoor title for fourth time
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On the strength of six individual champions, the Oregon men’s team won the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday afternoon at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. 

The Ducks racked up 79 points, the second-highest score in meet history, and highest total since 1994. The national indoor title is the fourth under head coach Robert Johnson, who has 14 NCAA Championships overall.

“That point total is absolutely crazy,” Johnson said during the trophy presentation.. “A lot of praise and accolades will go to the national champions but we don’t want to forget those guys that were second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth because they make this championship and make it special.

“With all that’s gone on in the world and having this meet canceled a year ago, I couldn’t be prouder.”

Cole Hocker was a double winner Saturday with victories in the mile and 3,000 meters. He was joined in the champions circle by teammates Micah Williams (60m), Charlie Hunter (800m) and Emmanuel Ihemeje (triple jump). Coupled with Friday’s win in the distance-medley relay, Oregon won six NCAA indoor titles during the weekend. It’s only the second time that has ever been done and first time since Arkansas in 1994.

With his dual performance, Hocker posted the first mile-3K title sweep since 2013 (Lawi Lalang, Arizona). In his first of two races, Hocker (3:53.71) broke Lalang’s meet record in the mile to post the Ducks’ first win of the day. Teammate Reed Brown added four points in a fifth-place finish, running 3:57.62 in his third-career appearance at the NCAA meet.

Approximately an hour later, Hocker was back on the track to lead a 1-2 Oregon finish in the 3,000 meters with Cooper Teare. In a tight finish, Hocker established a new personal best of 7:46.15 with Teare finishing in 7:46.23 for second place. The pair were more than two seconds clear of the field. Needing seven points between the two to clinch the team title, Hocker and Teare maximized the opportunity with 18 points to secure the victory. 

In the Ducks’ lone field event of the day, Ihemeje put on a show in the triple jump. He entered the weekend as the No. 6 national qualifier with a best of 16.41 meters. Ihemeje eclipsed that mark four times Saturday, finishing with a day’s best of 17.26m/56-7.5 to improve upon his own school record and move into a tie for the No. 6 performer in collegiate history. Ihemeje is the first NCAA triple jump champion in program history.

Beavers keep postseason hopes alive

OSU's women beat Oregon at Pac-12 Basketball Tourney to reach semis
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A slow start didn't stop the Oregon State women's basketball team from playing its way into the semifinals of the Pac-12 Conference women's basketball team with a 71-64 win over rival Oregon in Las Vegas Thursday afternoon.

OSU outscored the Ducks 50-30 in the middle two quarters and withstood a late rally to win its fifth straight game and second at the tournament, improving to 11-6 in the process.

Oregon, ranked No. 19, fell behind by as many as 15 in the third quarter before rallying to within 66-62 with 57 seconds remaining. The Ducks, who have been in the Top 10, dropped to 13-8, but are still a solid pick for the NCAA Tournament.

Freshman guard Talia Van Oelhoffen had 19 points off the bench, and senior Aleah Goodman scored 13 points and had seven assists to lead the Beavers, who beat Cal Wednesdat night to advance to the game with Oregon.

Van Oelhoffen, who scored 20 against the Bears Wednesday, hit seven of 16 shots in 31 minutes, and also grabbed six rebounds. She connected on a free throw with the score 66-62 and 34 seconds left. Oregon missed two three-point shots on the ensuing possession and Goodman connected on four consecutive free throws to close the game out.

Taylor Mikesell had 24 points to lead the Ducks, who also got 16 points from Nyara Sabally.

Oregon, which lost to OSU Sunday, has lost five of its last six games, although four of those games are to Top-12 teams.

Oregon State has won eight of its last nine games - around a series of cancellations.





Beavers take down No. 8 UCLA

OSU sweeps the the LA schools; Oregon rebounds from blowout
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Heading into the Pac-12 Conference womnen’s basketball tournament, Oregon State is showing it might be a team to watch after beating No. 8 UCLA 71-64 Sunday at Pauley Pavilion.

Senior Aleah Goodman led the way with 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as the Beavers won for the fifth time in six games, including a 77-52 win over USC Friday. 

Forward Taylor Jones went 7-for-9 from the floor to end the day with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Talia von Oelhoffen rounded out a trio of Beavers in double-figures with 13 points and six rebounds.

Sasha Goforth put up eight points, while Ellie Mack tallied seven.

“That was a great one for us,” said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. “This weekend – and especially today – was a culmination of such a grind for this group.”

OSU had three games canceled earlier this month and lost by 25 points to No. 5 Stanford two weeks ago. But, the team has significant momentum heading into its season finale Sunday at No. 13 Oregon, which lost to the Bruins by 27 points on Friday.

OSU, which has had 11 games canceled this season, improved to 8-6 overall, and 6-6 in conference play.

UCLA, which led 52-51 entering the fourth quarter, dropped to 13-4, 11-4.

Oregon rebounded Sunday with a 72-48 win over USC and improved to 13-6, 10-6.


Oregon 72, USC 48

The Ducks matched their season-high with 12 made three-pointers and held an opponent to fewer than 50 points for the fourth time this season to snap a three-game losing streak.

Disappointed with their performance and effort in Friday’s loss at UCLA, the Ducks held a live scrimmage in practice on Saturday – something head coach Kelly Graves said he has never done on a day between road games – to try and up the intensity.

“We had a great practice, very high-spirited,” Graves said. “We did a lot live (scrimmaging) in practice and I think it paid off today. This was a good win and I think a good character win.”

Sydney Parrish led Oregon with 17 points, connecting on four three-point shots.



Beavers head for key soccer match

OSU is up to No. 4 in the nation for the first time
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The fourth-ranked Oregon State men’s soccer team will be dueling for the Pac-12 Conference lead when it takes on sixth-ranked Washington today at Lorenz Field in Corvallis.

The Beavers are 7-1 on the season and have the nation’s top goal differential at +19. The team is 4-1 in conference play for the first time since 2005, having lost only to Stanford, which in turn has lost to Washington.

The Huskies enter today’s match at 4-1 also, having lost to the Beavers 2-1 on Feb. 20.

OSU plays host to Stanford April 10.

The conference spring season includes six teams with San Diego State joining the Beavers, Huskies, Cardinal, Cal and UCLA in a 10-team conference schedule.

Junior Gloire Amanda, from Edmonton, Alberta, leads OSU with 11 goals.

The game will air live on the Pac-12 Network.



Portland takes second in WBI Tourney

Portland drops 67-64 decision to Cleveland State in Women's Basketball Invitational
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The Portland women’s basketball team came up just short in a thrilling championship game against the Cleveland State Vikings at the Women’s Basketball Invitational championship on Sunday. 

The Vikings got a big late three-pointer from Destiny Leo and held on for a 67-64 victory at the William Exum Center.

Sophomore forward Alex Fowler led the Pilots (14-13) with 22 points and seven rebounds. Fowler capped her second year on The Bluff as the quickest player in Division I program history to score 1,000 points as she passed the mark in Saturday’s semifinal victory over Northern Arizona.

Senior guard Maddie Muhlheim finished Sunday’s championship game with 13 points and a career-best seven steals. On Saturday, Muhlheim became the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers made and she extended that margin with three triples on Sunday.

Junior point guard Haylee Andrews added a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Pilots.

Portland entered the tournament 0-7 all-time in postseason play, but raced to the title game in comfortable fashion with wins over Abilene Christian (67-42) and Northern Arizona (80-65) in the first two tournament games.

It was back-and-forth throughout on Sunday with the game featuring six ties and ten lead changes.

The Vikings used a 12-0 run midway through the second quarter to go up 32-24, but Fowler snapped the run with a layup. Freshman Emme Shearer had a big steal and layup in the final minute as the Pilots trailed 34-28 at the half.

CSU led by nine midway through the third quarter, but the Pilots stormed back. Muhlheim buried a three-pointer and then stole the inbounds pass and converted a layup to give Portland its first lead of the second half 56-55 with 6:05 left in regulation.

The teams traded leads three more times as Fowler made it 60-59 with a strong move in the paint. Shearer then made a layup for a three-point lead, but Mariah White tied it with a three-point play with 1-minute remaining. After two missed free throws, Leo hit the crucial corner three for a 65-62 lead and 20 seconds left.

Andrews made a layup and the Pilots fouled Isabelle Gradwell who hit both free throws for a 67-64 edge and less than five seconds remaining. Portland was called for an offensive foul before getting a potential game-tying three attempted and the Vikings held on for the tournament title.

Portland concludes the 2020-21 season with its second consecutive winning season in the first two years under head coach Michael Meek. Last year the Pilots qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997, but the tournament was not played due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ducks advance through Covid

VCU backs out of NCAA game due to protocols
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Saturday's first-round NCAA men's basketball tournament game between No. 7 seed Oregon and No. 10 seed VCU in Indianapolis was declared a no-contest due to what the Rams said were multiple positive COVID-19 tests within their program.

Oregon automatically advanced to the second round, where it will play No. 2 seed Iowa on Monday.

The Rams received multiple positive tests within the past 48 hours, coach Mike Rhoades said in a statement. The team didn't specify if the positive tests came from players or other team personnel. It flew home late Saturday night, with those who tested positive traveling separately.

The NCAA said the decision to postpone the game was made "in consultation with the Marion County Public Health Department."

VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin said the Rams found out around 6:25 p.m. ET that the game was off.

"We knew about the positives being confirmed today, and we were hoping through contact tracing we would still be able to play tonight, but obviously that did not happen," McLaughlin said during a videoconference with reporters. "This has all happened pretty quickly, in terms of the positives that we've had ... The feeling that the committee, from what was communicated to me, given how we had a few happen within the short period of time right now, there was certainly concern, not only for the rest of our team and for opponents and anyone else who would be part of the game going forward."

The Rams arrived in Indianapolis on Sunday after playing in the Atlantic 10 tournament game against St. Bonaventure, and hadn't had any positive tests until later in the week.

Portland women keep basketball season going

The Pilots earn a 67-42 win over Abilene Christian in WBI Tourney
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Portland jumped out to an early double digit lead and never looked back in a comfortable 67-42 victory over Abilene Christian in a quarterfinal of the Women's Basketball Invitational Friday at the William Exum Center.
The Pilots (13-12) forced 32 turnovers from Abilene Christian and held the Wildcats (14-12) to 26 percent shooting for the game.
Freshman guard Emme Shearer led a balanced attack with a team-high 13 points. Haylee Andrews added 12, while Rose Pflug and Jayce Gorzeman added 11 apiece off the bench.
Sophomore forward Alex Fowler finished with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting and moved within eight points of 1,000 for her career. She is on pace to become the fastest player in program history to reach the mark since the Pilots moved to Division I.
Portland shot 55 percent from the field and racked up a 33-15 margin in points off of turnovers.
The Pilots raced out to a 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter with smothering defense. Portland forced 11 turnovers, had five steals and held ACU to 3-of-14 shooting in the opening quarter.
The second quarter followed a similar pattern with the Wildcats (14-11) struggling to find a rhythm offensively. The Pilots took a 38-21 lead into the half after forcing 19 first-half turnovers and holding ACU to just 31 percent shooting.
The lead would grow throughout the second half to as much as 32 points late in regulation as head coach Michael Meek was able to get 11 players court action on Friday.

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