Thursday, January 29, 2015

Grizzlies Smother Vikings In Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

Martin Breunig scored 23 points while Jordan Gregory added 15 on Thursday as the Montana Grizzlies (11-8 overall, 7-1 in Big Sky play) dominated the home-standing Portland State Vikings (10-9, 4-5) 73-54, completing a rough two days for the Beaver State's four men's Division I basketball programs, all losing by double digits.

Zags Prove Too Much For Visiting Pilots; Gonzaga's Home Winning Streak Reaches 37

At Spokane, Washington:

Domantas Sabonis scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on Thursday night as the Gonzaga Bulldogs (# 3 in the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls; 21-1 overall, 10-0 in WCC play) ran their home winning streak, the longest current such streak in all of Division I, to 37 games following their 64-46 beat-down of the Portland Pilots (12-10, 3-7).

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wildcats Become Too Much For Ducks; Zona Home Winning Streak Reaches 33

At Tucson, Arizona:

Gabe York scored 16 points while Brandon Ashley added 13 on Wednesday night as the Arizona Wildcats (#6 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls; 19-2 overall, 7-1 in Pac-12 play), who shot 59% from the field,  dismantled the visiting Oregon Ducks (14-7, 4-4) 90-56.

The victory was the Wildcats' 33rd consecutive at home.

Sun Devils Overpower Visiting Beavers

At Tempe, Arizona:

Shaquielle McKissic scored 17 points on Wednesday night as the Arizona State Sun Devils (11-10 overall, 3-5 in Pac-12 play) dominated the visiting Oregon State Beavers (14-6, 5-3) 73-55 despite 23 points from the Beavers' Gary Payton II.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Gaels Overcome Slow Start, Overtake Pilots At Portland

At Portland, Oregon:

Brad Waldow had 19 points and nine rebounds while Garrett Jackson added 18 and 8 respectively on Saturday as the Saint Mary's Gaels (16-4 overall, 8-1 in WCC play) a slow start and outgunned the Portland Pilots (12-9, 3-6) 74-64 on the road.

Vikings Fall At Pocatello

At Pocatello, Idaho:

Chris Hansen and Nnamdi Ezenwa each scored 17 points on Saturday as the Idaho State Bengals (5-15 overall, 2-6 in Big Sky play) knocked off the visiting Portland State Vikings (10-8, 4-4) 80-76.

Beavers Hold Off Trojans, Stay Unbeaten At Home

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Gary Payton II delivered his sixth double-double of the season (21 points, 10 rebounds) on Saturday as the Oregon State Beavers (14-5 overall, 5-2 in Pac-12 play) remained unbeaten at home (12-0) with their 59-55 victory over the Southern California Trojans (9-10, 1-6).

Ducks Overpower Visiting Bruins

At Eugene, Oregon:

Joseph Young led five scorers in double-figures with 16 points on Saturday as the Oregon Ducks (16-4 overall, 4-3 in Pac-12 play) proved to be too much for visiting UCLA (11-9, 3-4) 82-64, despite 23 points from the Bruins' Norman Powell.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Farewell, Mr. Cub

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ernie Banks, a two-time National League Most Valuable Player who played 19 seasons with the Chicago Cubs (1953-71) and who hit 512 home runs, passed away on Friday at age 83.

Mr. Banks, known to one and all as "Mr. Cub," played his entire career with the Cubs.  Besides his 512 homers, Ernie hit 407 doubles, had 2,583 hits and 1,636 runs batted in.

A 12-time All-Star, he led the National League in homers and RBIs twice.

Ernie was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ducks Top Trojans At Home

At Eugene, Oregon:

Joseph Young scored 19 points and Elgin Cook added 15 on Thursday night as the Oregon Ducks (13-6 overall, 3-3 in Pac-12 play) held off the visiting Southern California Trojans (9-9, 1-5) 75-67.

Pilots Pull One Out At The Buzzer Against Tigers

At Portland, Oregon:

Alec Wintering sank the game-winning three-point bucket at the buzzer on Thursday night as the Portland Pilots (12-8 overall, 3-5 in WCC play) defeated the visiting Pacific Tigers (10-10, 2-6) 72-69.  Kevin Bailey paced the Pilots with 21 points.

Beavers Hold Off Bruins, Stay Unbeaten At Home

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Malcolm Duvivier scored 19 points while Gary Payton II added 18 (to go with his five steals) on Thursday as the Oregon State Beavers (13-5 overall, 4-2 in Pac-12 play) raced out to a 17-point lead, then held off the visiting UCLA Bruins (11-8, 3-3) 66-55 to stay undefeated at home.

Vikings Top Wildcats On Road

At Ogden, Utah:

Braxton Tucker scored 21 points on nine-of-twelve shooting from the field on Thursday as the Portland State Vikings (10-7 overall, 4-3 in Big Sky play) knocked off the Weber State Wildcats (8-10, 3-4) 69-63 on the road, despite 21 points from the hosts' Jeremy Senglin.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Men's Hoops: Ducks Support In AP Poll Evaporates Again

After Thursday's overtime defeat at Washington State and Sunday setback at Washington after having led by 10 points at halftime, the Oregon Ducks' scant support in the Associated Press men's college basketball poll disappeared on Monday.

None of the Beaver State's four NCAA Division I basketball teams received any support in either the AP or USA Today/Coaches poll.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Huskies Overcome 10-Point Halftime Deficit, Overcome Ducks At Home

At Seattle:

Andrew Andrews scored a season-high 21 points while Nigel Williams-Goss added 20 as the Washington Huskies (2-3 in Pac-12 play, 13-4 overall) came back from a 10-point deficit (and going on an 11-0 run in the second half helped) to upend the visiting Oregon Ducks (2-3, 12-6) 85-77.

It's Seahawks Vs. Patriots For The Marbles

Both of the National Football League's conference championship games took place on Sunday.

National Football Conference:

At Seattle:

Quarterback Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse 3:19 into overtime as the Seattle Seahawks battled back from a fifteen-point halftime deficit to upend the visiting Green Bay Packers 28-22 for their second successive NFC title and Super Bowl appearance.

American Football Conference:

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns while LeGarrette Blount ran for three more as the New England Patriots demolished the visiting Indianapolis Colts 45-7 to make their eighth Super Bowl appearance (the sixth apiece for both Tom Terrific and head coach Bill Belichick).