Gortat leads Suns in 114-87 rout of Trail Blazers
PHOENIX (AP) — Marcin Gortat (MAHR'-chin GOHR'-tot) scored a season-high 22 points in only three quarters and the Phoenix Suns routed the Portland Trail Blazers 114-87 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Markieff Morris and Shannon Brown, inserted into the starting lineup earlier Wednesday, combined for 29 points for the Suns. Morris had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Brown added 10, including a pair of 3-pointers as Phoenix rallied from a four-point deficit in the opening minutes to take the lead for good with 7:23 left in the first quarter.
Damien Lillard had 24 points and three assists but six turnovers for the Blazers, who had won three straight.
Trent leads Seattle past Pacific Lutheran 58-49
SEATTLE (AP) — Clarence Trent scored 17 points as Seattle defeated Pacific Lutheran 58-49 Wednesday night.
Trent opened the game with a 3-pointer and the Redhawks (2-1) never trailed, closing the first half on a 10-3 run to lead 30-19.
Seattle built its biggest lead when Deshaun Sunderhaus hit a layup with 11:50 remaining to make it 43-28. The Lutes (0-3) got within five points when Daniel Landram hit a 3-pointer with 5:06 left. But baskets by Louis Green and Prince Obasi and a dunk by Trent extended the lead back to 11.
Pacific Lutheran, a Division III school, got 22 points from Andrew Earnest. Cameron Schilling added 15 points and eight rebounds.
Each team committed 22 turnovers and had its share of troubles at the free throw line — Pacific Lutheran was 2 for 6, while Seattle made 9 of 17.
Portland outshoots Portland State 81-60
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tanner Riley scored 23 points, Kevin Bailey had 14 and Ryan Nicholas just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds to give Portland an 81-60 victory over Portland State on Wednesday night.
Portland (2-2) was unconscious in the first half, nailing 71 percent of its shots by going 22 of 31 from the field including 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. Four of the five 3-pointers came from Riley who was a perfect 4 for 4. In fact, he didn't miss all night, going 8 for 8 from the field and 3 for 3 from the free-throw line. The hot-shooting Pilots claimed a 51-30 half time advantage.
Portland State (1-2) had three players in double figures with Dre Winston scoring 13 points and recording seven rebounds.
The Vikings shot only 35.7 percent from the field and had 15 turnovers but were 18 of 22 from the free-throw line.
SC UPSTATE-E WASHINGTON
Eastern Washington holds off SC Upstate, 75-70
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Venky Jois and Collin Chiverton scored 19 points each to lead Eastern Washington to a 75-70 victory against South Carolina Upstate in a CBE Hall of Fame Classic game on Wednesday night.
Jois had 11 rebounds and Justin Crosgile 10 assists for the Eagles (1-4).
Adrian Rodgers scored 17 points and Torrey Craig 14 for the Spartans (1-4). Mario Blessing and Jodd Maxey had 10 points each.
South Carolina Upstate overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to force a 67-all tie with 2:38 remaining. But the Spartans missed their next six shots.
Martin Seiferth dunked for Eastern Washington, Jeffery Forbes' 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining increased the lead to 72-67, and the Eagles protected their margin at the free-throw line.
Eastern Washington shot a season-high 48 percent (24 of 50) from the floor, including 12 of 24 from 3-point range.
Northeastern defeats UC Riverside 61-52
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Quincy Ford scored 14 points and Joel Smith added 11 to lead Northeastern to a 61-52 win against UC Riverside in the opening game of the Great Alaska Shootout on Wednesday night.
Marco Banegas-Flores had nine points for the Huskies (3-1).
Josh Fox scored 14 points for the Highlanders (1-4).
Northeastern plays the winner of Wednesday's later game between Belmont and Alaska-Anchorage in the semifinals on Friday, while UC Riverside plays the loser in a consolation semi.
The Huskies took control early with a 12-0 run in a 4:29 stretch of the first half that gave them a double-digit lead they maintained for much of the rest of the way. UC Riverside got within 57-52 on Chris Harriel's 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining, but Northeastern protected the lead at the free-throw line.
This is Northeastern's second appearance in the Great Alaska Shootout.
In 1986, the Reggie Lewis-led Huskies shocked No. 2-ranked and defending national champion Louisville en route to the championship game, where they lost to 10th-ranked Iowa.
Louisville uses late run to beat Gonzaga women
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) — Megan Deines and Shoni Schimmel each scored 16 points to help No. 7 Louisville beat Gonzaga 55-42 on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope.
Louisville (5-0) led by eight at the half before Gonzaga cut it to 44-40 with 8:12 left. That's as close as the Bulldogs would get as the Cardinals scored the next 11 points.
Schimmel had seven points during the burst as the Bulldogs went without a point for over 8 minutes. Danielle Walter's layup with 2 seconds left ended the drought.
Taelor Karr led Gonzaga (5-1) with nine points. The Zags shot just 30 percent from the field.
Louisville will face Oregon State in the championship game Thursday. The Beavers beat Winthrop 68-64.
Seattle adds WR Martin to active roster
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Wide receiver Charly Martin has been added to the active roster for the Seattle Seahawks, filling a roster spot made available when rookie safety Winston Guy was handed a four-game suspension.
Martin was added to the roster Wednesday from Seattle's practice squad. To fill the open practice squad spot, the Seahawks signed wide receiver Corbin Louks.
Martin has been active for four games this season and has four catches for 42 yards.
Guard James Carpenter has been cleared to return to practice after missing the past two games with a concussion. Carpenter was limited in practice Wednesday and coach Pete Carroll did not say if Carpenter would move back into the starting lineup or if the Seahawks would continue using John Moffitt.
PETE AND REGGIE
Carroll and Bush meet again as Seattle faces Miami
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When Reggie Bush got his chance to face Pete Carroll in the NFC playoffs two seasons ago, he couldn't wait. Here was the opportunity to show off before his former college coach when injuries in the New Orleans backfield left Bush as the featured back.
Then Bush carried the ball just five times and Carroll had the far better day, celebrating the Seahawks' upset victory of the then-defending Super Bowl champs.
Bush gets another chance against Carroll on Sunday when Miami plays Seattle. The two will always be linked for their time together at USC, the NCAA probe that followed and Bush's eventual decision to give back his 2005 Heisman Trophy.
Carroll says it's still special to face one of his former players and knows it won't be easy to contain Bush.
T25-TALE OF TWO TEAMS
Oregon and Oregon State are a study in opposites
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Separated by only about 45 miles, Oregon and Oregon State couldn't be more different when it comes to football.
The flashy Ducks meet the more understated Beavers on Saturday in the 116th Civil War rivalry game, putting the spotlight on the contrasting programs.
With the help of mega-booster and Nike co-founder Phil Knight, Oregon is known for its state-of-the-art facilities and a myriad of flashy uniform combinations. But the No. 5 Ducks have backed up their swagger in recent years by winning, going 44-7 under coach Chip Kelly.
On the other side is No. 16 Oregon State, nicknamed "Lunch Pail U" for the team's hard-working blue-collar mentality — which has helped it stage a striking turnaround this season.
WSU LB Travis Long may miss Apple Cup
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State's best defensive player may miss this Friday's Apple Cup game against archrival Washington.
Linebacker Travis Long has not practiced all week. There are widespread media reports that Long suffered a knee injury in last weekend's loss at Arizona State.
Washington State coach Mike Leach does not discuss injuries, so Long's status is unclear.
Long has started every game for the Cougars since his freshman year, 47 in all. He ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with 9 ½ sacks this season.
If Long cannot play, sophomore Logan Mayes would start in his place.
Seferian-Jenkins rewriting record book for Huskies
SEATTLE (AP) — From the standpoint of pure athleticism, there are might not be anyone on Washington's roster that can match wide receiver Kasen Williams.
So Williams didn't like it much when sophomore Austin Seferian-Jenkins, one of the few who could make the case of being equal to Williams, decided to add defensive end to his resume along with being one of the top tight ends in the country.
He also plays for Washington's basketball team.
The versatile Seferian-Jenkins is on his way to becoming one of the more dynamic players in Washington's football program.
He holds most Washington records for productivity by a tight end after less than two full seasons heading into Friday's Apple Cup against rival Washington State.
WOMEN'S SOCCER LEAGUE
Women's soccer league to include Portland, Seattle
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation announced it will start a new women's professional league in 2013, and that Portland and Seattle will be two of the eight clubs.
The other teams are based in Boston, Chicago, western New York, New Jersey, Kansas City and Washington, D.C.
The season is expected to start in March or April and conclude in September or October.
Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson will also invest in the women's league. He said Wednesday that the Timbers are pleased to do their part to help establish a top-flight women's league in the United States.
Paulson says the new team's name and logo will be released in the coming weeks.