OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors held off a late Portland charge to beat the Trail Blazers 103-97 last night. The Warriors led by 20 in the second half before Portland rookie Damian Lillard nearly rallied the Blazers. Lillard scored 17 of his career-high 37 points in the fourth quarter and made a 3-pointer that cut Golden State's lead to 100-97 with 22.5 seconds remaining. Stephen Curry then made two free throws and Jarrett Jack added one to help seal the win for the Warriors.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — No. 14 UCLA pulled away to start the second half in beating Washington State 78-52 last night for its fifth straight victory. Tia Presley scored 16 points to lead the Cougars, who got 11 points from Lia Galdeira in losing for the fourth time in six games. The Bruins stretched a four-point halftime lead into a 55-35 advantage to open the second half.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Janae Fulcher scored 18 points to lead Arizona State over Oregon 60-45 last night, giving the Sun Devils their first Pac-12 win of the season. Oregon led 26-23 at halftime. In the second half, Fulcher hit a jumper to give Arizona State a 31-30 lead at 13:22. Though Oregon would draw within one, Arizona State remained in the lead.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has a sprained foot but is probable and expected to play tomorrow against Atlanta. Coach Pete Carroll said Lynch got work in practice yesterday for the first time this week and looked fine. Lynch rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown in last week's wild-card round win over Washington. He did not participate in practice Wednesday and Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ben Marshall's power-play goal in the last minute lifted top-ranked Minnesota to a 4-3 win over Alaska-Anchorage yesterday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Marshall's shot slipped under the arm of Seawolves' goalie Rob Gunderson with 50 seconds to play. Gunderson had 26 saves.