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Posted on December 23, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 23 at 9:04 PM


Portland beats Suns 96-93 for fifth straight win

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 15 rebounds for his seventh straight double-double, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

Rookie Damian Lillard had 25 points, including 18 in the second half.

Sasha Pavolic and Lillard made consecutive 3-pointers as Portland pulled in front 92-85 with 4:02 left. The Suns got to within 94-91 on Marcin Gortat's layup with 1:24 to go.

After Lillard's 19-foot, step-back jumper, Jared Dudley had a layup for the Suns to make it 96-93. Phoenix furiously tried to get a shot off in the final seconds, but Goran Dragic missed a 3-pointer, and Shannon Brown missed a short jumper.

Gortat had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, who led by as many as 12 points in the first half. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Phoenix.


Boise State wins Vegas Bowl, beating Washington

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Little Michael Frisina came up big for Boise State, kicking a 27-yard field goal with 1:16 left to give the No. 20 Broncos a 28-26 victory over Washington in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday.

Frisina, who stands 5-foot-5, made the winning kick after Washington had taken the lead for the first time on Travis Coons' 38-yard field goal. Boise State (11-2) sealed the win when Jeremy Ioane intercepted Keith Price's pass as the Huskies (7-6) neared midfield.

It was the third Las Vegas Bowl win in a row for the Broncos, who had to overcome a 205-yard rushing game by Bishop Sankey against a normally stingy Boise State defense.

Frisina was only 12 for 17 on field goals coming into the game, but kicked three of them.


Vaz will start for the Beavers in the Alamo Bowl

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Junior Cody Vaz will start at quarterback for No. 15 Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl against Texas on Dec. 29.

Beavers coach Mike Riley held off making a decision between Vaz and sophomore Sean Mannion, until Saturday. Oregon State (9-3) travels to San Antonio on Sunday to prepare for the Longhorns (8-4).

Mannion has thrown for 2,446 yards, 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in nine games this season, while Vaz has thrown for 1,286 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception in six games.


Oregon State beats San Diego 86-79

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eric Moreland and Roberto Nelson scored 20 points apiece as Oregon State beat San Diego 86-79 in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic on Saturday night.

Devon Collier scored 18 points and Joe Burton had 13 for Oregon State (9-2). Moreland led the Beavers with 11 rebounds. He also made 7 of 8 field-goal attempts while Collier went 7 for 10.

Oregon State led 44-29 at halftime. The Toreros (6-7) came close in the second half. With just under 6 minutes to play, Christopher Anderson shot a 3-pointer to narrow the score to 67-64. John Sinis made two free throws, cutting the Beavers' lead to 74-72 with 3:55 left.

But the Beavers scored the next seven points, claiming an 81-72 lead.

Chris Manresa led San Diego with 18 points and eight rebounds. Ken Rancifer scored 14 points, Johnny Dee had 12 and Anderson finished with 11 points and eight assists.


Washington defeats Northern Illinois 67-57

SEATTLE (AP) — C.J. Wilcox scored 22 points to lead Washington to a 67-57 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday afternoon.

Wilcox topped the 20-point mark for the seventh time in eight games. Aziz N'Diaye added 13 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.

Washington led 36-25 at halftime.

Sophomore Abdel Nader came off the bench to lead Northern Illinois (2-9) with 18 points, while Keith Gray added 10.

Troubled by inconsistent play during the nonconference portion of its schedule, Washington (8-4) has now won four straight games.


Jois, E Washington edge Idaho State 57-54

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Venky Jois scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Eastern Washington held off Idaho State for a 57-54 victory on Saturday.

Eastern Washington (3-9, 1-1 Big Sky) had balanced scoring to supplement Jois' effort.

Two players scored 9 points and two more scored 8. Jeffrey Forbes connected on three 3-point shots.

Eastern Washington won despite hitting just 19 of 50 shots from the field (38 percent) and converting just 11 of its 20 free-throw attempts.

Melvin Morgan led Idaho State (1-9, 0-2) with 14 points and Ayibakuro Preh had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Idaho State had a 41-36 rebounding advantage.


Oregon starts strong, beats Houston Baptist 91-50

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Tony Woods scored 14 points and E.J. Singler had 13 as Oregon defeated Houston Baptist 91-50 Saturday.

Damyean Dotson and Carlos Emory added 10 points each for the Ducks (10-2), who hit 9 of 16 3-point attempts and shot 48 percent overall from the field. Dotson also had eight rebounds.

Art Bernardi scored 14 points and Tyler Russell had 12 for the Huskies (4-7), who made just one of their first 21 attempts from the field in the second half.

Oregon made quick work of Houston Baptist, jumping out to a 17-4 lead in the opening 5:20.

Singler had seven points during that stretch, forward Arsalan Kazemi had four assists on the Ducks' first six baskets, and Oregon outrebounded the Huskies 18-2 at one point.

Oregon put the game out of reach with a 12-0 run late in the first half that included back-to-back 3-pointers from Singler to give the Ducks a 40-12 lead.


Weber State defeats Portland State in OT 73-69

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kyle Tresnak scored only 12 points and had five rebounds but his dunk with 1:07 remaining in overtime gave the Wildcats the lift they were looking for, giving Weber State a 73-69 victory over Portland State on Saturday night.

Tresnak's dunk gave Weber State (6-3, 2-0 Big Sky) a 72-69 lead and Davion Berry added a free throw with 17 seconds left. Four other players scored in double figures for the Wildcats with Gelaun Wheelwright and Jordan Richardson scoring 14 points apiece. Scott Bamforth added 13 and Berry finished with 12 points and seven assists.

At the end of regulation, Renado Parker hit a jumper for Portland State (3-6, 1-1) with 1:55 remaining in the game to make it 63-63, but neither team managed a point after that, missing six shots and two free throws combined.

Parker finished the game with 18 points and Aaron Moore scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.


AP source: Ibanez, Mariners agree to $2.75M deal

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Raul Ibanez and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract.

The deal allows Ibanez to earn an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses, the person said Saturday night, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.