Blazers cruise to 104-91 win over Kings
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Sacramento Kings their fourth straight loss with a 104-91 victory Friday night.
DeMarcus Cousins almost singlehandedly carried the Kings with 35 points and nine rebounds. Sacramento's lone win so far this season came in the opener against Denver.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the Blazers, who led 54-49 at the half and by as many as 14 points in the third quarter.
It was the first game of a home-and-away back-to-back between the two teams. The Blazers visit Sacramento on Saturday night.
Cousins pulled the Kings within 90-84 with a layup in the fourth quarter, but Aldridge countered with a turnaround jumper and six points was the closest Sacramento could come.
Gonzaga pulls away from Idaho in 64-56 win
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Haiden Palmer scored 18 points and had seven steals to lead Gonzaga past Idaho in a 64-56 win Friday night.
Palmer, last season's WCC tournament MVP, also had two blocked shots and seven rebounds. Keani Albanez hit three 3-pointers on her way to 13 points for the No. 25 Bulldogs (1-0), while Sunny Greinacher had 8 points and a blocked shot.
Idaho (0-1) had three players in double digits, Alyssa Charlston with 15 points, Christina Salvatore with 14 and Stacey Barr had 10.
After trailing at the half 26-14, the Vandals stormed back with a 13-2 run to narrow the gap and kept the game close before Gonzaga pulled away with a 9-2 run that secured the win.
Both teams struggled offensively. Gonzaga shot just 33 percent from the field, 21 of 64, while Idaho was 17 of 64.
No. 19 Oregon beats Georgetown 82-75
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PYEONGTAEK, South Korea (AP) — Joseph Young had 24 points and five rebounds as No. 19 Oregon beat Georgetown 82-75 on Saturday in a season opener played at a U.S. army base in South Korea.
Young, who made all 12 of his free throw attempts, and Jason Calliste, who scored 16 points and made all 11 of his free throws, led Oregon to a win before hundreds of soldiers at Camp Humphreys, a U.S. Army base south of Seoul, the country's capital.
Georgetown center Joshua Smith scored 25 points but only had four rebounds for the Hoyas, who closed within four points with a minute left. But Georgetown missed key free throws in the closing minutes, while Oregon hit theirs.
Georgetown was outrebounded 40-32 and was just 1 of 15 from 3-point range.
Oregon State women best Corban 94-49
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Freshman Sydney Weise had 20 points and five assists and Oregon State opened its season with a 94-49 victory over lower-division Corban on Friday night.
Khadidja Toure came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points in 16 minutes for Oregon State, which finished 10-21 last season.
Julia Young has 11 points for Corban, an NAIA-level school that plays in the Cascade Conference. Tara Vanweerdhuizen added 10 points and six rebounds. The game counted as an exhibition for the Warriors.
Oregon State, which has just one junior and one senior on is roster, was picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 by the media that covers the league.
Weise's 20-points ranked the third-most for an Oregon State freshman in her first game, behind Alyssa Martin's 24 in 2010 and Natalia Mattick's 21 in 1990.
UNLV defeats Portland State 67-48
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Roscoe Smith and Khem Birch both had double-doubles Friday night to lead UNLV to a 67-48 win over Portland State in their season opener.
Smith scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels and Birch finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds.
Kevin Olekaibe, who finished with 14 points, hit the first 3-pointer 1:18 into the game to push UNLV's NCAA-record streak to 876 games with at least one 3-pointer. Olekaibe transferred to UNLV from Fresno State last spring to be closer to his father, who is in hospice care, and was granted a waiver earlier this week by the NCAA to play immediately.
Tim Douglas led the Vikings with 18 points. Brandon Cataldo finished with 10 rebounds and nine points.
Portland State and struggled from behind the arc, finishing 0 for 7.
Portland runs past UC Davis 100-83
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ryan Nicholas and Kevin Bailey each scored career highs to lead Portland to a 100-83 victory over UC Davis Friday night.
Nicholas scored 27 on 8 of 12 shooting while Bailey put up 29 on 10 of 17. Both players finished 8 of 9 from the line.
Portland outscored UC Davis 26-13 in the final seven minutes of the first half to jump out to a 52-39 lead. The Aggies cut the lead to 62-53 with 15:30 to play, but the Pilots responded with an 18-4 run, pushing the lead to 80-57 with 10 minutes remaining and cruising to the win.
Portland was able to use the free throw line to their advantage, hitting 30 of 37 attempts. It was the Pilots first 100-point game since 2009.
Josh Ritchart led UC Davis with 18 points while Corey Hawkins added 16 points along with eight rebounds.
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WSU holds off Bakersfield for the win, 62-56.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Davonte Lacy had a career high 28 points and led all scores as Washington State overcame a poor shooting night to beat Bakersfield 62-56 Friday night in the season opener.
Freshmen Ike Iroegbu, Royce Woolridge and D.J Shelton added eight each as Washington State held off a late game surge by Bakersfield. Lacy had a steal and a dunk which sparked a second half 12-0 run to give the Cougars a 45-27 lead with 13 minutes remaining.
Abdul Ahmed added 12 points and six rebounds and hit three 3-pointers for Bakersfield, who came back from an 18 point second half deficit.
With 1:33 remaining, Ahmed hit a crucial 3-pointer to bring the Roadrunners to 58-56, but they fouled down the stretch.
Shelton and Woolridge hit free throws to hold on for the win.
The Cougars shot a dismal 31 percent for the game and went 4-23 from behind the arch.
Utah beats Evergeen State in 128-44 blowout
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jordan Loveridge scored 24 points and collected 13 rebounds, while Delon Wright had 17 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, seven steals and three blocks to lead Utah to a 128-44 victory over Evergreen State in their season opener Friday night.
Brandon Taylor chipped in 16 points and six assists and Dakari Tucker added 13 for the Utes (1-0) who led wire to wire. Utah scored its most points ever in the Huntsman Center.
The game counted as an exhibition contest for the Geoducks (0-1) an NAIA team. Kyle Calhoun had 11 points to lead Evergreen State, which withered under Utah's defensive pressure.
The Geoducks turned the ball over 20 times. 17 of those turnovers were Utah steals and led to one easy basket after another for the Utes. Utah scored a total of 35 points off Evergreen State miscues.
Unger, Bryant won't play against Atlanta
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger and defensive end Red Bryant will miss Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons due to concussions sustained last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Unger and Bryant were officially ruled out by the Seahawks on Friday.
It's the third time this season Seattle will be without three starters along their offensive line. Russell Okung has been ineligible to play while on the short-term injured reserve list and Breno Giacomini isn't expected to play while working back from knee surgery.
Lemuel Jeanpierre will get the start at center in place of Unger while Michael Bennett will likely play for Bryant.
Falcons hope return of WR White boosts ground game
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons coach Mike Smith hopes the return of Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White will benefit Atlanta's passing game against the Seattle Seahawks and also aid the NFL's worst-ranked rushing attack.
Smith exclaimed Friday, "Absolutely. When you have the ability to have resources in the pass game it's going to create a different approach in the way people defend us."
White, listed as questionable after missing three games with ankle and hamstring injuries, certainly doesn't figure to hurt Atlanta in the midst of a miserable season.
Seattle ranks just No. 27 against the run, but the Seahawks (8-1) may not be too worried about slowing the Falcons' ground game.
Atlanta is averaging a league-low 64.4 rushing yards per game and have attempted a league-low 149 rushes (18.6 per game).
Stanford's win over Oregon muddles Pac-12 again
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — The Pac-12 has been fighting with the SEC for years to be considered the nation's toughest conference. That might finally be the case this season — though to the Pac-12's detriment.
In the aftermath of No. 6 Stanford's 26-20 victory over No. 2 Oregon on Thursday night, the league is left without an undefeated team and once again searching for a way to crack the BCS championship game.
Stanford and Oregon have been among the nation's best programs the past four seasons. But the depth of the conference is finally starting to catch up, turning the league into what the SEC has been for so many years: a two-month fight that nobody survives unscathed.
Huskies try for bowl eligibility against Colorado
SEATTLE (AP) — One of Steve Sarkisian's biggest accomplishments since arriving at Washington is making a trip to a bowl game a regular thing again.
It's getting beyond the plateau of seven wins that has eluded the Huskies in Sarkisian's four previous seasons.
The Huskies can become bowl eligible with one win in their final four games, a stretch that begins on Saturday with Washington hosting Colorado. But the game holds more importance for the Huskies (5-3, 2-3 Pac-12) if they are to finally leap past the seven-win rut they've been stuck in.
Colorado (3-5, 0-5) enters Saturday having lost 13 straight conference games since beating Washington State 35-34 on Sept. 22, 2012. Twelve of the 13 losses have been by at least 20 points, including a 38-3 setback against Washington last season.