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Posted on December 24, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 24 at 1:04 PM


Portland State beats Evergreen State 98-65

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Aaron Moore led Portland State with 21 points and seven rebounds in a 98-65 victory over NAIA Evergreen State yesterday.

Portland State (5-4) used a 21-3 run in the second half to put the game comfortably out of reach at 87-56 with 3:43 to play. The victory ends Portland State's three-game losing streak and allows the Vikings to take a winning record into Big Sky conference play.

The Vikings outrebounded the Geoducks 50-24. Tim Douglas had 16 points while Andre Winston Jr. and Marcus Hall each scored 13 for the Vikings.

Evergreen State was 11 of 25 from 3-point range. The Geoducks opened the second half on a 14-5 run to close within 52-45, but they made just three of their next 16 shots from the field as the game slipped away.

Kyle Calhoun had 15 points and Frankie Johnson had eight assists to lead Evergreen.


Oregon State holds on to beat George Mason 58-54

HONOLULU (AP) — Roberto Nelson scored eight of his 17 points in the final minute to help Oregon State beat George Mason 58-54 in yesterday's consolation round game of the Diamond Head Classic.

Devon Collier added 15 points for Oregon State (7-3).

Bryon Allen had 15 points and Patrick Holloway hit four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points for George Mason (5-6).

Collier's layup with 1:56 left gave Oregon State a 50-49 lead. George Mason's Marko Gujanicic missed a 3-point attempt on the next possession and Nelson hit a jumper as the shot clock expired to extend the lead to 52-49 with 41 seconds remaining.

Allen made two free throws with 31 seconds left to cut the deficit to 52-51. Nelson made two free throws to extend the lead to 54-51 with 29 seconds. George Mason couldn't convert on its next possession and Nelson made four more free throws to seal the win.


Seattle falters in 2nd chance to win division

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The previous time Pete Carroll experienced losing at home the Seattle Seahawks were on their way to a 7-9 regular season.

The previous time Russell Wilson experienced losing at home he was a 21-year-old junior at North Carolina State still two seasons away from the NFL.

Consider a bit of the Seahawks (12-3) invincibility at home diminished after Arizona became the unlikely candidate to snap Seattle's 14-game home win streak.

Arizona's 17-10 victory on Sunday pushed Seattle's attempt to win the NFC West and wrap up home-field advantage in the conference to the final week of the regular season.

Carroll made a point of talking to the leadership of his team in the locker room after Sunday's loss to make sure they were properly focused heading into the week.


Boise State quarterback speaks out on suspension

(Information in the following story is from: KTVB-TV,

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick says his suspension from the Hawaii Bowl is unwarranted.

Southwick spoke to KTVB-TV on Sunday, two days after he was sent home by interim head coach Bob Gregory soon after the team arrived in Hawaii.

Southwick and backup quarterback Nick Patti were suspended for violating team rules. Patti was reinstated, but team officials declined to provide further comment.

Southwick tells the television station he is accused of urinating from a balcony at the team's hotel.

The quarterback says the offender was another player and he wants to clear his and his parents' name.

Southwick says he lost his temper after being accused. He says he tried to contact Boise State administrators while waiting at the airport, but to no avail.

University officials did not respond to the allegations Sunday.


CSU assistant suspended for using gay slur

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado State defensive line coach Greg Lupfer has been suspended without pay for two weeks for using a gay slur when yelling at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday in the New Mexico Bowl last weekend.

Athletic director Jack Graham also ordered Lupfer to undergo anger management and diversity training at his own expense.

Lupfer issued a statement saying he was grateful to keep his job on Jim McElwain's staff and said "I am deeply sorry for my behavior, which does not represent who I am or my values."

Lupfer got into a verbal altercation with the Cougars' QB after his first TD throw. His slur was caught on ESPN cameras and marred the Rams' comeback from a 22-point deficit for a last-second 48-45 win to kick off the bowl season.