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Associated Press

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 2 at 9:04 PM


Moser leads Oregon to 78-63 victory over USC

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Moser had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Joseph Young added 16 points, and Oregon broke open a close game midway through the second half to beat Southern California 78-63 on Saturday.

Oregon earned its fifth straight victory and eighth consecutive win over the Trojans.

Jason Calliste scored 13 points and Elgin Cook had 12 for the Ducks (20-8, 8-8 Pac-12), who outscored the Trojans 17-3 in the final 9 minutes to reach 20 wins for the fourth straight season — just the second time in school history they've accomplished that feat.

Pe'Shon Howard led USC (10-19, 1-15) with 20 points — all but four in the first half. Byron Wesley added 12 points for the Trojans, who lost their 10th straight game. They also lost 10 in a row to complete the 2011-12 season.


Pacific outlasts Portland 68-65

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Bock had 11 points with six assists, and hit four late free throws to help Pacific outlast Portland 68-65 on Saturday.

Pacific erased a 10-point deficit, surging back to take the lead as Trevin Harris and Tony Gill each sank a 3-pointer to make it 62-61 with 2:15 left.

Portland's Ryan Nicholas and Bock each made a pair of free throws, and Riley Barker followed with a layup to put the Pilots ahead by one.

Bock was fouled on the next possession and made both free throws for a 66-65 lead with 3 seconds remaining. Aaron Short intercepted Portland's inbound pass, was fouled and hit both from the line for the final margin. Portland's final shot was wide left.

Harris led the Tigers (15-14, 6-12 West Coast) with 19 points.

Bryce Pressley paced Portland (15-15, 7-11) with 19 points and Thomas van der Mars had 17.


Cano gets 2 hits, Mariners beat Angels in rain

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Robinson Cano got two hits and made a pair of smooth plays in the field as the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 on Saturday in a game shortened to seven innings because of rain.

Cano struck out in the first inning against C.J. Wilson. The Seattle newcomer hit an RBI single in the third and later scored on Dustin Ackley's RBI double.

Cano was sharp at second base, making a charging grab and flip to get Ian Stewart in the first. This was Cano's second game for the Mariners — in his debut, he singled on the first pitch he saw.

Scott Baker threw two scoreless innings to start his bid for a spot in Seattle's rotation.


Party atmosphere marks Iditarod's ceremonial start

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It was easy to confuse downtown Anchorage with a very large dog kennel Saturday.

Mushers and their dogs are inundating Alaska's largest city for the annual start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

It's a party atmosphere during this fan-friendly event. Locals and tourists from across the globe will chat with mushers, have photos taken and then watch the dog teams take off on an 11-mile jaunt. Snow has been trucked in to downtown Anchorage, and mushers will eventually leave downtown streets and move to urban trails.

The real race starts Sunday about 50 miles north of Anchorage. Mushers will begin the trek to cover nearly a thousand miles over untamed wilderness and try to become the first to reach the finish line in Nome, on Alaska's western coast.


Washington women upend No. 18 California 70-65

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Kelsey Plum scored 22 points with six boards and six assists, while Jazmine Davis added 20 points, as Washington upended No. 18 California 70-65 on Saturday.

Washington (17-12, 10-8 Pac 12) used a 9-0 run midway through the first half, including a 3-pointer by Plum, to take a 36-32 lead at the break.

The Huskies led by as much as 10 in the second half, but Cal (21-8, 13-5) cut its deficit to three with 33 seconds left on a pair of free throws and a layup by Reshanda Gray, who finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds.

The Bears missed their last two shots and two free throws though as Washington escaped with the upset.

Talia Walton had 12 points for Washington, which bounced back from consecutive losses to Oregon State and highly ranked Stanford.


Greinacher leads No. 22 Gonzaga past Pacific 81-77

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Sunny Greinacher scored a career-high 24 points as No. 22 Gonzaga held on to beat Pacific 81-77 on Saturday to close the regular season.

Lindsay Sherbert added 18 points and Haiden Palmer 17 for the Bulldogs (26-4, 16-2), who wrapped up their 10th-straight West Coast Conference title in their last game and went 16-0 at home.

KiKi Moore kept Pacific (17-11, 12-6), which had a six-game winning streak end, in the game by matching her career-high of 33 points. Hailie Eackles added 20 and Kendall Kenyon 12 with 10 rebounds.

Gonzaga went on a 17-3 tear in the first half to open a 27-10 lead but the Tigers came back to close within 39-34 at the half. Pacific's last lead was 53-51 with 12:28 to go but Palmer scored the next four, followed by a Sherbert layup.

GU had a 50-34 rebound advantage (24-10 offensive) and 28-2 in bench points.