Latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports


Associated Press

Posted on December 30, 2012 at 1:08 PM


Ash, Texas rally to stun No. 15 Oregon State

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — David Ash threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, the last a 36-yard strike to Marquise Goodwin with 2:24 left, to give Texas a 31-27 comeback victory over No. 15 Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday night.

The Longhorns (9-4) never led before Goodwin scored his second touchdown on a deep post pattern, just a down after Texas converted a fourth-and-1 play to keep its chances alive.

Storm Woods ran for 118 yards and scored two touchdowns for Oregon State (9-4). The Beavers left stunned after looking as though they would wrap up their first 10-win season since 2006.

The victory was a dose of much-needed good news for Texas after coming into the game under a cloud of questions following the suspensions of backup quarterback Case McCoy and injured linebacker Jordan Hicks.


Batum sends Blazers to 89-85 win over 76ers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nicolas Batum had 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, Damian Lillard added 20 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 89-85 on Saturday night for their eighth straight victory at home.

J.J. Hickson had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Portland. LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points.

Jrue Holiday had 29 points, nine assists and nine rebounds to lead the Sixers, who have lost eight of 10. Thaddeus Young added 17 points.

Portland led 84-76 late in the game, but Young made two big baskets, including a three-point play to cut the lead to three. Spencer Hawes and Dorell Wright missed 3-pointers for the Sixers, however, and Batum hit three of four free throws to seal it.


UConn beats Washington 61-53

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Shabazz Napier scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help Connecticut over Washington 61-53 on Saturday in the final nonconference game of the year for both teams.

Omar Calhoun led UConn (10-2) with 14 points and Ryan Boatright added 12 to help the Huskies to their fourth consecutive win.

Scott Suggs had 15 to lead Washington (8-5), which lost for the first time in five games.

UConn's win came hours after coach Kevin Ollie agreed to a new 5 ½-year contract worth just under $7 million. Ollie had been coaching under a one-season deal that he signed after taking over from Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun in September.

Ollie received a standing ovation as he walked onto the court and the student section chanted his name.


Washington State beats Idaho State 74-39

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Washington State overcame a sluggish start to defeat Idaho State 74-39 on Saturday.

The Cougars (9-4) used a 20-2 run late in the first half to blow open a close game.

Point guard Mike Ladd scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Cougars, who have won four in a row and six of their last seven games.

Brock Motum added 17 points and seven rebounds for Washington State, which trailed 8-6 midway through the first half before Ladd scored seven points and Motum five during the run which put the Cougars on top 26-10 with 4:37 left in the half.

Chris Hansen's 12 points led Idaho State (1-10), which lost its fifth consecutive game. The Bengals are 0-3 against Pac-12 teams this season with previous losses to Utah and Oregon.


Damas, Towson stun Oregon State in OT 67-66

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Marcus Damas connected on an 18-foot shot with eight-tenths of a second left to give Towson a shocking 67-66 overtime victory over Oregon State on Saturday.

The Tigers (5-8), who got 20 points and a career-high 21 rebounds from Jerrelle Benimon, overcame a 19-point second-half deficit to force the five-minute extra period.

Ahmad Starks gave Oregon State (9-3) its first lead in overtime on a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left.

On the ensuing possession, Damas took a pass a few feet inside the 3-point line on the left wing and nailed the shot, quieting the Gill Coliseum crowd.

Eric Moreland had 16 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and six blocks for Oregon State, which had won five straight games. Joe Burton added 15 points and Roberto Nelson 14 points for the Beavers.


Harris, Idaho rally past Seattle 71-64

SEATTLE (AP) — Robert Harris hit three 3-pointers in the final 2:34 on Saturday night, helping Idaho rally for a 71-64 victory over Seattle at Key Arena.

Kyle Barone led Idaho (5-6, 1-0 WAC) with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Harris finished with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Connor Hill scored 12 points.

Seattle (5-6, 0-1), playing its first NCAA Division I conference game in 33 years, led 56-49 with 6:07 on a 3-pointer by Chad Rasmussen, but could not hold on.

D'Vonne Pickett Jr. had 17 points to lead Seattle. Clarence Trent scored 14 and Deshaun Sunderhaus scored 10.


Texas-Pan American beats Portland 56-52

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brandon Provost scored 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting including five 3-pointers and Texas-Pan American went on to beat Portland 56-52 on Saturday night.

Texas-Pan American (7-8) shot 43.9 percent from the field, hitting 18 of 41 attempts, and was 12 of 15 from the free-throw line including a perfect 6 for 6 in the final 1:52 of the game.

Portland (7-8) led 23-19 at halftime but Texas-Pan American went on a 17-6 run to begin the second half capped by a Provost 3-pointer to give his team a 36-29 lead with 12:42 to play.

Ryan Nicholas led Portland with 15 points and 12 rebounds but the Pilots shot just 34.4 percent from the field, including a 3 for 16 mark from beyond the arc. Portland outscored the Broncs 32-14 inside the paint and out-rebounded Texas-Pan American 44-22.

Ruben Cabrera had 11 points and Aaron Urbanus scored 10 with four assists for the Broncs.


Montana State rolls past Northwest Indian 101-70

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Christian Moon scored 21 points, Marcus Colbert added 17 points and seven assists, and Montana State overpowered Northwest Indian 101-70 on Saturday night.

Michael Dison and Calen Coleman chipped in 14 points apiece, and Coleman pulled down 10 rebounds off the bench for the Bobcats (3-7), who pulled away in the final 5 minutes of the first half before using scoring runs of 13-2, 13-0 and 10-2 to put the game away after halftime.

Douglas Williams had 23 points on 11-of-22 shooting for the Eagles, and Josh Nelson added 20 points and seven rebounds. Northwest Indian is an unaffiliated, tribally chartered school located on the Lummi Indian reservation in Washington.

MSU shot 54 percent from the field and was 10 of 21 from 3-point range. The Bobcats outrebounded the Eagles 43-28 and turned 23 Northwest Indian turnovers into 29 points.


Washington State women defeat Gonzaga 57-51

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Tia Presley had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead Washington State to a 57-51 win over Gonzaga on Saturday.

Mariah Cooks scored a career-high 12 points for the Cougars (4-7), who rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit. Lia Galdeira had 11 points and eight rebounds for Washington State.

The Cougars outscored Gonzaga 31-19 in the second half to win in the series for the first time in four games. It was also Washington State's first road win of the season.

Haiden Palmer had 13 points and Sunny Greinacher grabbed 10 rebounds for Gonzaga (10-4).


American Kikkan Randall wins Tour de Ski prologue

OBERHOF, Germany (AP) — Kikkan Randall of the United States claimed her second cross-country World Cup victory of the season when she won the prologue event of the Tour de Ski on Saturday.

Randall clinched the 3.1-kilometer sprint by leaving Charlotte Kalla of Sweden 4.4 seconds behind. World Cup leader Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland was third.

The tour consists of seven events over nine days in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Randall finished last season's series in 10th place and was second in the sprint prologue.

Petter Northug of Norway won the men's 4-kilometer prologue to stretch his World Cup lead. Northug beat Marcus Hellner of Sweden by 6.1 seconds, while Alexander Legkov of Russia was 7.2 seconds behind. Three-time tour winner Dario Cologna of Switzerland was fourth.