Johnson leads CU to 76-53 win over No. 19 Oregon
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Xavier Johnson had a career-high 22 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 17 and Colorado beat No. 19 Oregon 76-53 on Thursday night, completing a season sweep and thwarting the Ducks' bid to gain a share of the Pac-12 Conference title.
The Buffaloes (20-9, 10-7) played without the nation's leading rebounder, Andre Roberson, who sat out with a viral illness. Gone with the athletic junior forward were 11.5 rebounds and 10.8 points a game.
Arsalan Kazemi, Jonathan Loyd and Ben Carter each had 10 points for Oregon (23-7, 12-5), which fell into a first-place tie with UCLA. The Ducks hold the tiebreaker after beating the Bruins in their only meeting in January. Oregon can wrap up at least a share of their first league crown since 2002 — along with the No. 1 seed for the Pac-12 tournament — with a win at Utah on Saturday.
Utah drops Oregon State 72-61
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jordan Loveridge scored 17 points and collected 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season to help Utah run away from Oregon State for a 72-61 victory on Thursday night.
Jason Washburn added 15 points and eight boards while Jarred DuBois chipped in 15 points and six assists for the Utes (12-17, 4-13 Pac-12) as they moved a step closer to wrapping up the 10th seed in the Pac-12 Tournament next week.
Washburn became the 35th player in Utes history to score at least 1,000 points during his basketball career. He now has 1,013 career points.
Roberto Nelson scored 18 points and Eric Moreland grabbed 11 rebounds for Oregon State (13-17, 3-14), which lost its fifth straight game.
Utah forced the Beavers to commit 15 turnovers and scored 21 points off those miscues.
Utah limited Oregon State to 37 percent shooting from the field before halftime. The Utes held a 21-16 edge on the boards over the Beavers.
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E. Washington hot from beyond arc, wins 87-73.
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Eastern Washington jumped out to a 22-4 lead during the first eight minutes on Thursday night and never looked back, beating Idaho State 87-73.
Fueling the Eagles' fast start was their shooting prowess beyond the arc, where they were 9-of-14 during the first half alone, eclipsing their season average of eight three-pointers a game. They finished 14-of-26 for the game, including 6-of-10 from sophomore guard Parker Kelly, who led all players with 28 points on the night.
Idaho State (5-24, 4-15 Big Sky) fell behind by as much as 21 points during the first half but managed to close the gap to just 14 by halftime, going into the locker room with a 43-29 deficit. Eastern Washington (10-20, 7-12) pushed the lead back to 21 points during the second half.
Junior guard Andre Hatchett set a new career high with 20 points and led all Bengal scorers.
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Berry scores 19, Weber St. tops Portland St. 80-52
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Davion Berry scored 19 points as Weber State stayed in contention for the Big Sky Conference regular-season title by defeating Portland State 80-52 Thursday night.
The Wildcats (23-5, 17-2 Big Sky), who have won 10 straight, trail Big Sky leader Montana by one game with one game remaining.
Scott Bamforth added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Weber State, which led 41-13 at halftime. Joel Bolomboy had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wildcats shot 56 percent from the field, made 8 of 16 3-point attempts and outrebounded the Vikings 44-23.
Portland State (8-19, 5-14), which was eliminated from contention for the Big Sky tournament last week, fell to 0-13 on the road this season.
Renado Parker scored 13 points for the Vikings and Aaron Moore had 11.
Washington women advance, rally past Oregon 69-62
SEATTLE (AP) — Jazmine Davis scored 28 points to lead a furious second-half rally, and Washington beat Oregon 69-62 on Thursday night in the opening round of the Pac-12 Conference tournament.
Talia Walton added 19 points and nine rebounds, while Aminah Williams had 11 points and 17 boards, for the fifth-seeded Huskies (20-10), who trailed by as many as 22 in the first half. Washington won despite shooting 32 percent from the floor, including 6 of 31 from 3-point range.
Ariel Thomas led the No. 12 seed Ducks (4-27) with 13 points. Jillian Alleyne scored 11, and she and Liz Brenner grabbed 15 rebounds apiece.
The Huskies went ahead for good, 61-60, on Walton's jumper with 4:17 to play, and Walton's 3-pointer with 1:13 left gave Washington a six-point lead and effectively clinched the win.
Washington will face No. 4 seed Colorado in Friday's quarterfinals.
USC women defeat Oregon State 64-57
SEATTLE (AP) — Ariya Cook scored 17 points and Cassie Harberts had 16 points and 14 rebounds Thursday to lead seventh-seeded Southern California to a 64-57 victory over 10th-seeded Oregon State in the first round of the Pac-12 women's tournament.
Christina Marinacci added 13 points for the Trojans (11-19), who advanced to the quarterfinals where they will play No. 5 California, the Pac-12 co-champs.
USC was 35 of 46 from the free-throw line while Oregon State was 7 of 12. That helped the Trojans overcome 29 percent shooting; the Beavers made 36 percent of their outside shots, including 44 percent from 3-point range.
Ali Gibson scored 13 points to lead the Beavers (10-21). Mollee Schwegler scored 12 points on four 3-pointers, and Jamie Weisner and Alyssa Martin scored 10 apiece for Oregon State.
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Washington St. women advance, top Ariz. St. 48-41
SEATTLE (AP) — Lia Galdeira scored 17 points, Dawnyelle Awa added 10 and Washington State beat Arizona State 48-41 on Thursday night in the opening round of the Pac-12 Conference tournament.
Galdeira was 7 of 15 from the floor for the eighth-seeded Cougars (11-19), who moved on to face No. 1 seed and fourth-ranked Stanford on Friday.
Janae Fulcher led the No. 9 seed Sun Devils (13-18) with 20 points. Promise Amukamara grabbed 14 rebounds but was just 1 of 12 shooting, part of a 29 percent team effort for ASU.
The Sun Devils led 18-13 at halftime, but the Cougars rallied in the second half, going ahead for good, 29-27, on Sage Romberg's jumper with 14:58 left and building on the lead from there.
Washington State coach June Daugherty missed the game with acute appendicitis. The school said Daugherty was having surgery Thursday evening and was expected to be discharged Friday morning.
Utah women defeat Arizona 66-48 in Pac-12 tourney
SEATTLE (AP) — Michelle Plouffe had 24 points and nine rebounds to help Utah beat Arizona 66-48 in the first round of the Pac-12 women's tournament on Thursday.
Plouffe had five 3-pointers for the sixth-seeded Utes (18-12), who will meet No. 14 UCLA, the third seed, in the tournament quarterfinals on Friday.
Taryn Wicijowski scored 14 points and Iwalani Rodrigues finished with 10 points for Utah. The Utes, who committed just five turnovers on Thursday, have won eight of their last 11 games.
Davellyn White scored 23 points — 17 in the first half — and also had eight rebounds and six assists to lead the Wildcats (12-18). Arizona, the 11th seed, lost its last five games but did win both games against Utah in the Pac-12 regular season.
Hernandez allows 1 run in 1st spring start
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Felix Hernandez allowed one run and two hits over two innings in his spring training debut and Stefen Romero homered twice and had seven RBIs and a Seattle Mariners split-squad pounded Kansas City 12-2 on Thursday, ending the Royals' 11-game winning streak.
Hernandez, who signed a seven-year $175 million deal last month, struck out two and threw 33 pitches.
Romero finished 4 for 5. He had a grand slam in the fourth inning and a three-run shot in the ninth.
Casper Wells hit a three-run homer in the eighth. The Mariners have 10 consecutive multi-homer games and top the majors with 29 home runs.
Hisashi Iwakuma allowed one hit in three scoreless innings for the victory.
Royals starter Ervin Santana struck out four in three innings and allowed a run and three hits.
Young debuts in left for A's in win over Mariners
PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Young made his debut in left field, Jed Lowrie hit a two-run homer, and the Oakland Athletics beat a Seattle Mariners split-squad 7-3 on Thursday.
Tommy Milone pitched three scoreless innings for the A's, who have won four of their last five.
Robert Andino hit a home run for the Mariners, who had a 10-game winning streak snapped Wednesday. Kendrys Morales added two hits.
Mariners starter Brandon Maurer allowed a run on four hits in three innings.
Milone allowed three hits, walked one and struck out three.
Buser leading Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four-time champion Martin Buser is leading the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race after being the first musher to leave the checkpoint in the ghost town of Iditarod on Thursday.
Nearly a dozen mushers had followed him out of Iditarod by Thursday night. All have completed their mandatory 24-hour layover.
Running second was last year's runner-up Aliy Zirkle, while 2004 winner Mitch Seavey was fourth.
The winner of the 1,000-mile race across the Alaska wilderness is expected to arrive in Nome early next week.