SUPER BOWL-SEAHAWKS PRACTICE
Seattle wraps up final Super Bowl preparations
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Pete Carroll says the Seattle Seahawks are ready to go for the Super Bowl after their final walkthrough practice on Saturday.
The Seahawks first went to MetLife Stadium around 10:30 a.m. and hung out on the field for about 15 minutes. Seattle then boarded buses and went across the street to the New York Giants' practice facility. Seattle had brief meetings, took the official team picture and had a 35-minute walkthrough.
Carroll said the team is where they are supposed to be. He said the team got accomplished exactly what they had hoped to get done and believes Seattle is "right" mentally and physically.
Among the guests at Seattle's final practice were former running back Shaun Alexander and former linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski.
GRIZZLY BEAR-SUPER BOWL PREDICTION
Ozzy the grizzly bear picks Broncos in blowout
(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com)
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A grizzly bear at ZooMontana has picked the Denver Broncos to win Sunday's Super Bowl in a blowout over the Seattle Seahawks.
Ozzy entered the outdoor portion of his snow-covered enclosure on Thursday and went straight for two peanut butter and banana cakes.
The cakes appeared identical except for the logos of the two teams.
The 550-pound Ozzy sniffed both before devouring the cake with the Broncos logo, then turned away and left the cake with the Seahawks logo uneaten.
ZooMontana Executive Director Jeff Ewelt tells the Billings Gazette (http://bit.ly/1iZfxeG) that Ozzy's decision not to eat the second cake is a sign the game will be a blowout.
Last year Ozzy correctly picked the Baltimore Ravens to beat the San Francisco 49ers. But he ate both cakes that year.
Aldridge, Lillard lift Blazers by Raptors, 106-103
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 15 rebounds, Damian Lillard hit a go-ahead free throw with 11.8 seconds and the Portland Trail Blazers edged the Toronto Raptors 106-103 Saturday night.
The Trail Blazers held off a furious second-half comeback by Toronto, which wiped out a 19-point deficit to take a 103-102 lead on two free throws by DeMar DeRozan with 25 seconds remaining.
Lillard and Wesley Matthews scored 21 points apiece for Portland and Nicolas Batum added 18.
DeRozan finished with 36 points and 12 assists, doing most of his damage during a 30-point second half. He accounted for 22 of the Raptors' 26 second-half baskets with 12 field goals and 10 assists.
Kyle Lowry added 23 points for Toronto.
No. 22 Gonzaga blitzes Francisco 101-66
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Lindsay Sherbert scored a career-high 23 points, 18 in the second half when No. 22 Gonzaga outscored San Francisco 51-20 en route to a 101-66 win Saturday.
Sunny Greinacher added 17 points for Gonzaga (20-3, 10-1 WCC), which has won 11 straight to reach 20 wins for the eight-straight year. Shaniqua Nilles scored a career-high 11 points and Kiara Kudron added 10, joining Sherbert to give the Bulldogs a 56-12 advantage in bench points.
No team had scores more than 50 at McCarthey Athletic Center this year but the Dons (8-14, 3-8) almost reached that by halftime, when they trailed 50-46. Gonzaga had won the first meeting 68-40.
San Francisco shot 70.8 percent in the first half but, was just 4 of 17 in the second. The Dons had 13 of their 23 turnovers in the second half and was out-rebounded 37-17, including 18-4 on the offensive end.
Washington State beats Washington 72-67
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — D.J. Shelton scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as Washington State beat Washington State 72-67 on Saturday, breaking a four-game losing streak.
C.J. Wilcox scored 24 points to lead Washington (13-9, 5-4 Pac-12), which had beaten the Cougars six straight times dating to 2011. The Huskies were done in by 38.9 percent shooting in the second half.
Que Johnson added 15 points for Washington State (9-12, 2-7).
The game marked the return of WSU leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who missed eight of the past nine games with appendicitis and an unrelated rib injury. He scored 10 points, well below his average of 17.7 points, but was most effective in the late going.
Washington State has struggled to score without Lacy as the Cougars are last in the Pac-12 in points per game (62) and field goal percentage (.413).
N COLORADO-E WASHINGTON
Harvey, E Washington upset N Colorado 94-90 in OT
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Tyler Harvey scored a career-high 38 points as Eastern Washington held off Northern Colorado for a 94-90 win in overtime Saturday.
Harvey tied the school record with 10 3-pointers, on 15 attempts, and was 8 of 8 from the foul line.
Drew Brandon had 15 points and a career-high 12 assists for Eastern Washington (9-12, 4-6 Big Sky), which recorded a season-best 10 blocked shots. Parker Kelly added 17 points and Martin Seiferth finished with 10 points and three blocks.
EWU led 61-48 with 10:40 left but Northern Colorado clawed its way back into the game and, following Jordan Wilson's 3-pointer with 1:15 left in regulation, led 81-78. Harvey answered with a trey 16 seconds later, eventually sending the game into overtime.
The Eagles opened the extra frame with an 8-2 run and held on for the win.
Wilson led Northern Colorado (13-6, 7-3) with 21 points.
Ducks down Trojans 78-66
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Joseph Young scored 21 points, including a key 3-pointer that touched off a 12-0 Oregon run midway through the second half, and the Ducks defeated the USC Trojans 78-66 on Saturday night.
Jason Calliste had 18 points for Oregon (15-6, 3-6 Pac-12), which led by as many as 17 points. The Ducks had lost six of their last seven games after opening the season with 13 straight wins and climbing as high as No. 10 in the AP rankings.
The Ducks had 16 steals, finishing just one shy of the school record. Young had a career-high six.
Byron Wesley finished with 19 points for the Trojans (10-12, 1-8 Pac-12), who have lost three straight overall and haven't managed to defeat the Ducks in seven straight meetings.
With the loss to the Ducks, the Trojans fall to 0-5 on the road in conference play.
Portland tops Santa Clara 76-64
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Thomas van der Mars scored a career-high 28 points and Portland pulled away from a tied game in the second half to beat Santa Clara 76-64 on Saturday night.
Van der Mars shot 9 of 10 from the floor, was a perfect 10 of 10 from the free-throw line and added 11 rebounds to lead the Pilots (13-10, 5-6 West Coast Conference). Ryan Nicholas finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The score was tied up at 42, but a layup by Van der Mars sparked a 19-6 run that put the Pilots ahead 60-48 with 6:50 left on the clock. Portland held a 35-24 advantage on the glass for second-chance shots.
Jared Brownridge scored 20 for the Broncos (10-14, 3-8) and Jerry Brown and Brandon Clark added 11 each. Santa Clara, which fell to Gonzaga 54-52 on Wednesday, has lost six straight conference games.
NORTH DAKOTA-PORTLAND ST
Portland St. stays hot, tops North Dakota 70-68
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gary Winston scored 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting as Portland State won its fourth straight game, beating North Dakota 70-68 Saturday night.
Winston, who came into the game averaging nine points per game, scored in double-digits for the seventh consecutive game and eighth time in nine contests.
Portland State shot a season-high 61.4 percent (27 of 44) from the floor, recording 17 assists.
Winston's 3-pointer with 2:23 left gave the Vikings (11-8, 6-4 Big Sky) a 68-62 advantage. Troy Huff sandwiched a jumper and a layup around a missed 3-pointer by PSU's Tim Douglas, pulling North Dakota within two with 1:14 remaining.
DaShaun Wiggins pushed the lead to 70-66 with a jumper 25 seconds later before Jamal Webb's layup made it a two-point game with 43 seconds to go.
North Dakota forced a turnover but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Huff paced North Dakota (9-11, 6-4) with 20 points.
Dower leads Gonzaga past San Francisco 75-65
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sam Dower Jr. scored 24 points and Gonzaga made 11 of 12 free throws in the final 1:31 to hold off San Francisco 75-65 Saturday night.
The win gave the West Coast Conference-leading Bulldogs (20-3, 10-1) some breathing room between themselves and the second place Dons, whom Gonzaga beat 69-41 during the first round of conference play on Dec. 30.
Gary Bell Jr. finished with 13 points for the Zags, who shot just 38.8 percent for the game. They came into the contest shooting 51.1 percent from the field, 2nd in the nation.
Przemek Karnowski added 12 points and eight rebounds.
GU used a 20-7 run, during which Dower scored nine points, to open up a 54-40 lead with 9:17 to play.
Avry Holmes, who finished with 18 points, pulled San Francisco (14-9, 7-4) within 63-57 with just more than 2 minutes remaining but the Dons would get no closer.
Seattle beats Idaho in closing seconds, 68-67
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Emmanuel Chibuogwu scored five points in the final 9 seconds to lift Seattle past Idaho 68-67 on Saturday night.
Idaho had its largest lead, 49-33 with 14:43 remaining before Chibuogwu's 3-pointer capped a 19-2 run to give Seattle a 52-51 lead with 9:30 remaining. Idaho regained the lead when Connor Hill hit a trey and Stephen Madison added a jumper to give Idaho a 67-63 lead with 14 seconds to play.
Chibuogwu hit a 3-pointer to pull Seattle within one point with 9 seconds left. The Vandals then committed a five-second violation on the inbounds, setting up Chibuogwu's game-winning layup with 6 second left. D'Vonne Pickett forced another turnover with 2 seconds to go to seal the win for Seattle.
Jarell Flora scored 16 points and Pickett added 15 to lead Seattle (10-10, 2-5 Western Athletic Conference).
Madison scored 27 points for Idaho (8-14, 2-6).
Oregon Tech coach Danny Miles earns 1,000th win
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Institute of Technology men's basketball coach Danny Miles became just the third coach at a four-year program to reach 1,000 career wins with a 71-51 victory over Corban on Saturday night.
The 68-year old Miles has spent his entire career at Oregon Tech, where he has won three NAIA Division II national championships (2004, 2008 and 2012) and recorded 10 seasons with 30 wins or more. He has been chosen as the NAIA Coach of the Year three times.
Harry Statham of Division II McKendree University in Illinois is the only other men's coach to with at least 1,000 wins. He is currently in his 48th season at the school and won his 1,176th game on Jan. 23.
Former Tennessee women's coach Pat Summit, who won 1,098 games from 1974-2012, is the winningest Division I coach of all time.