Lillard's shot lifts Blazers over Pistons in OT
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Damian Lillard's spinning fadeaway with one-tenth of a second left in overtime lifted the Portland Trail Blazers to a 111-109 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.
Lillard was guarded well by Rodney Stuckey as he tried to drive to the basket, but he was able to hit a tough fadeaway from about 8 feet for the win. Detroit couldn't get off a shot before the buzzer.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points for Portland, which rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Lillard finished with 23 points.
Josh Smith scored 31 points, his most since signing with the Pistons as a free agent in the offseason.
Seahawks manhandle Giants 23-0
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch scored on a twisting 2-yard run, Seattle picked off five Eli Manning passes and manhandled the New York Giants 23-0 Sunday.
The Seahawks (12-2) have won six times on the road, a franchise best. They're closing in on the NFC West title and their best overall record; they went 13-3 in 2005 before losing to Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.
This season's Super Bowl will be played at MetLife Stadium and unless they collapse in their final two games at home, where they are undefeated, the Seahawks will be the NFC favorite to reach the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold weather city.
New York (5-9) will be deep into its offseason by then with its first losing record since 2004.
It was Seattle's first shutout since a 58-0 romp over Arizona on Dec. 9 last year.
Montana pulls away from St. Martin's 73-57
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jordan Gregory scored 16 points to lead Montana to the 73-57 victory of Division II Saint Martin's Sunday night.
Montana (3-4) ripped off a 20-4 run, capped by Michael Weisner 3-pointer, to open the game. Saint Martin's trimmed the lead slightly, going into halftime trailing 36-23.
The Saints continued to chip away at the deficit, and Lucas Shannon converted a layup with 8:13 left to cut the lead to 54-46 with 8:13 remaining.
However, the Grizzlies responded with a 5-0 run, and Saint Martin's never got any closer.
Montana did most of its damage from the free-throw line, converting 31 of 39 attempts. Saint Martin's was 12 of 14.
Weisner, Kareem Jamar and Keron DeShields all finished with 13 points for the Grizzlies.
Tyler Copp paced the Saints with 18 points. Will Bond scored 10 points, and Shannon finished with nine.
Washington State runs away from Pepperdine 78-61
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Royce Woolridge had a season high 20 points and freshmen Que Johnson added 14 to help Washington State beat Pepperdine 78-61 Sunday.
Washington State (5-4) opened with a 10-0 run and led by as many as 16 in the first half, taking a 41-26 lead at intermission. The Cougars never trailed in the game.
Pepperdine (6-5) cut the lead to seven, 61-54 with just under eight minutes to play, but went suddenly cold from the field, converting just two field goals the final seven minutes.
Pepperdine shot only 38 percent from the field, well below its season average. The Cougars shot 53.6 percent from the field (30-56) for their best shooting performance of the season.
Pepperdine held Washington State's leading scorer, DaVonte Lacy to nine points. D.J. Shelton chipped in nine to balance out the scoring.
Jeremy Major had 17 points for Pepperdine and Stacy Davis added 12 points.
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UC Irvine pulls away from Eastern Washington 70-61
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Luke Nelson scored 13 points off the bench to lead UC Irvine to a 70-61 win over Eastern Washington Sunday.
UC Irvine (6-5) used a 12-3 run to jump out to a 22-13 first-half lead. Eastern Washington (5-4) responded, taking the 31-29 lead on an Ognjen Miljkovic layup with 24 seconds left in the half.
The Anteaters came out strong in the second half, retaking the lead and pushing it to double figures with 10:50 remaining.
The Eagles would cut the lead to four multiple times, but Irvine always had the answer. A late 7-0 run extended the lead back to 68-56 with just less than a minute.
Will Davis II scored 12 points for Irvine, and Mamadou Ndiaye added 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
Tyler Harvey led the Eagles with 15 points. EWU finished a woeful 33.3 percent from the field while Irvine shot 49.1 percent.
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Oregon St. dominates Maryland Eastern Shore 98-66
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State's Roberto Nelson and Devon Collier entered the game as the top scoring duo in the nation, and the two combined for 44 points as Oregon State dominated Maryland Eastern Shore 98-66 Sunday.
Angus Brandt gave the Beavers some extra firepower, scoring 17 points. Nelson finished with 20 points while Collier added 24 and 12 rebounds.
The Hawks (2-5) were led by KyRee Jones, who sank five 3-pointers on his way to 21 points. Hakeem Baxter had 12 points and five rebounds.
For the second straight game, the Beavers started quick. Oregon State led 9-2, and Brandt scored six points on layups during the run.
Midway through the second half, the Beavers went on a 15-0 run to break open the game.
The Hawks have lost 22 consecutive road games and have not won a non-conference road game in more than three years.
Montana State outlasts Portland 72-69
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Marcus Colbert and Flavien Davis both scored 19 points to lead Montana State in a defeat of Portland 72-69 on Sunday.
Colbert had seven assists and six rebounds, while Terrell Brown added 11 points for the visiting Bobcats (3-5).
Portland (6-3) had a three-game win streak snapped. They were led by Kevin Bailey, who poured in 26 for the Pilots. Ryan Nicholas added 15 points and gathered 15 rebounds.
The Pilots held an 11-point first half lead at 26-15 after Thomas van der Mars' emphatic dunk with 5:50 left. But Montana State scored the next eight points and trailed by just two at intermission.
The Bobcats tied the game at 58 on a pair of free throws by Brown, then took the lead on Michael Dison's jumper with 7:20 left. The lead never eclipsed five points the rest of the way but Montana State held on for the win.
Seattle U blasts Div. III Pacific Lutheran 66-38
SEATTLE (AP) — Isiah Umipig and Emerson Murray combined for 20 points as Seattle University manhandled Division III Pacific Lutheran on Saturday, winning 66-38.
Umipig and Murray each scored 10 points in a balanced offensive effort while Deshuan Sunderhaus and William Powell grabbed 9 rebounds each for the Redhawks.
Seattle University (7-3) led 37-21 at the half after pulling away from the only PLU lead of 5-4 in the early minutes.
The Seattle U offensive game cooled a bit in the second, but the defense put even more pressure on the Lutes, holding them to just 17 second half points. Seattle enjoyed its largest lead (30) just prior to the buzzer at the end of the game.
Brandon Lester and Terrell Williams scored 10 points each for the Lutes, but the team shot only 23 percent.
Pacific Lutheran still leads the series against Seattle 34-26 with today's meeting being their sixtieth match-up.
Giants' Cruz out with concussion and sprained knee
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York wide receiver Victor Cruz was out of Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks with a concussion and a sprained knee.
Cruz was injured trying to catch a third-and-8 pass from Eli Manning late in the third quarter. He jumped and got his hands on the ball and hit his head on the turf when he landed.
The play was originally ruled a catch, but Seattle challenged and the officials ruled his hands came off the ball, making it an incompletion.
Cruz was 2 yards shy of his third straight 1,000-yard receiving season when he was hurt.
Portland's Leonard, Philadelphia's Orton suspended
NEW YORK (AP) — Portland center Meyers Leonard and Philadelphia center Daniel Orton were each suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Sunday for their altercation Saturday night.
Leonard initiated an altercation by slamming Orton to the floor, and Orton retaliated by elbowing Leonard in the mouth in the fourth quarter of Portland's 139-105 victory in Philadelphia.
Leonard sat out Portland's game at Detroit on Sunday, and Orton will miss Philadelphia's game at Brooklyn on Monday night.
Giants' Pierre-Paul, Seahawks' Browner, Wright out
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright and cornerback Brandon Browner are out with injuries.
Pierre-Paul is missing his third straight game with a shoulder injury. Wright is not starting for the first time this season because of a foot injury. Browner is missing his fourth straight game with a groin injury.
Seattle is starting James Carpenter at left guard for Paul McQuistan for the second straight week. Malcolm Smith is replacing Wright at outside linebacker and Byron Maxwell is starting for Browner for the third straight week.
Veteran Mathias Kiwanuka is replacing Pierre-Paul.