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SPORTS
East Oregonian
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Pro Basketball
McCollum scores 20 as Blazers stun Hawks
By ANNE M. PETERSON
Associated Press
PORTLAND — CJ
McCollum had 20 points and
the Portland Trail Blazers
beat the Atlanta Hawks
110-89 on Friday night.
Damian Lillard added 14
points before sitting for the
fourth quarter and the Blazers
snapped a three-game losing
streak to the Hawks at the
Moda Center. Seven of Port-
land’s players were in double
figures.
Dennis Schroder had 14
points to lead the Hawks.
They trailed by 25 points
in fourth quarter en route to
their third loss in four games.
It was not known whether
Lillard would play against
the Hawks because of a
calf injury, but he started.
Lillard was averaging just
over 25 points heading into
the game.
Lillard missed four games
with a sore right hamstring
before playing 33 minutes
NBA
Atlanta
Portland
88
107
and scoring 25 points in a
127-110 loss at Cleveland on
Tuesday night.
The Blazers went on a
12-2 run to take a 20-12 lead.
Portland led by as many as
12 points in the opening half,
but Atlanta got back within
45-43 on Dennis Schroder’s
layup.
After a brief dustup where
words were exchanged
between Jusuf Nurkic and
Taurean Prince, the Blazers
went on to a 52-46 lead at
halftime.
Prince had a 3-pointer in
the first half to extend his
streak to 20 straight games
with a 3.
Al-Farouq
Aminu’s
driving layup gave the
Blazers an 80-63 lead late
in the third quarter. McCo-
AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, shoots over Atlanta Hawks for-
ward John Collins during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland on
Friday.
llum’s 3-pointer and Pat
Connaughton’s layup pushed
Portland’s lead to 91-68 early
in the fourth.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts
sent his all of his starters to
the bench by the halfway
point of the final period.
Aminu also finished with 14
points.
Atlanta, in the midst of a
five-game trip, fell 104-103
in Phoenix on Tuesday night.
TIP INS
Hawks: Atlanta rookie
Tyler Dorsey played for
Oregon. ... The Hawks
recalled forward DeAndre
Bembry from the Erie Bay
Hawks. He was expected to
head to Atlanta for evaluation
and treatment for a left groin
strain.
Trail Blazers: Portland fell
in the first game against the
Hawks this season, 104-89
in Atlanta last Saturday. ...
The Blazers improved to
9-10 at home. ... Evan Turner
reached double figures for
the third straight game and
16th game overall. ... Port-
land made 13 of 30 3-point
attempts.
UP NEXT
Hawks: At Los Angeles
Lakers on Sunday night.
Trail Blazers: Host San
Antonio on Sunday night.
CFP Championship
No mystery: Georgia, Alabama like running, stuffing the run
By JOHN ZENOR
Associated Press
ATLANTA — There’s no
mystery in what the Georgia
and Alabama offenses do
best: Run the ball.
Stopping them is harder
to manage, though both
defenses do that quite well,
too.
The third-ranked Bull-
dogs pound away with Sony
Michel and Nick Chubb,
one of college football’s
best tailback tandems. No.
4 Alabama will counter in
Monday night’s national
championship game with an
offense led by running threat
quarterback Jalen Hurts and
big-play tailback Damien
Harris, among others.
Not to mention the
nation’s
stingiest
run
defense.
“That’s what Alabama is
known for, having good run
defense, just an overall good
defense,” Michel said. “I’m
excited for the challenge.
I’m sure this offense is, the
team is, and I’m looking
forward to it.”
Led
by
linebacker
Roquan Smith , Georgia’s
good at defending the run,
too.
While both teams will
have to throw the ball some,
there is no Deshaun Watson
in this game. He topped 400
passing yards in each of the
last two title games against
the Crimson Tide. It would
be a major surprise if Hurts
or Georgia freshman Jake
Fromm approached that big
number because they simply
haven’t had to.
So this showdown could
turn into mostly smash
mouth football, old-school
Southeastern Conference
style, 3 yards and a cloud
of ... artificial turf. Run hard
and often. And do your best
to keep the other team from
running very far.
Passing is the expected
second option for a couple
of teams with top 10 run
games. Anb both these
squads have plenty of
options.
The Bulldogs have
two of the Southeastern
Conference’s
top
five
rushers. Chubb and Michel
are the only two backs to
College Football
Alabama
Georgia
Crimson Tide Bulldogs
(12-1)
(13-1)
• Monday, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
• at Mercedes-Benz
each top 1,000 yards in the
same season for a program
that’s produced the likes
of Herschel Walker, Todd
Gurley and Terrell Davis.
Chubb has run for 1,320
yards and 15 touchdowns.
Michel has 1,129 yards and
16 TDs and is coming off
a huge Rose Bowl perfor-
mance against Oklahoma.
D’Andre Swift outgained
both in the SEC title game
against Auburn.
They’ll face a run defense
powered by tackle Da’Ron
Payne, a 308-pounder whose
biggest claim to fame now
was his interception and
touchdown catch against
Clemson. In his day job as a
run-stopper, he’s facing his
biggest challenge yet.
“Oh, they’re some excel-
lent backs,” Payne said. “I
AP Photo/Rusty Costanza
Alabama defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne (94), who
was used on an offensive play, pulls in a touchdown
reception in the second half of the Sugar Bowl semi-fi-
nal playoff game in New Orleans on Monday.
think as a defensive front,
we’re just going to keep
trying to create a new line
of scrimmage up front and
wreak havoc in the trenches
and as a defense just like
we did this week” against
Clemson.
Alabama doesn’t have
any backs putting up those
kinds of numbers. But
Harris has 983 yards and
11 touchdowns while aver-
aging a robust 7.6 yards per
carry.
Hurts leads the team in
runs while Harris and Bo
Scarbrough have divvied
carries throughout the year.
In fact, Harris’ 19 runs
in the semifinal win over
Clemson was a career-high.
He gained 77 yards.
“It was fun, I guess,”
Harris said. “I never
complain about getting too
many carries. That’s what
it was, I just did what they
asked me to do.”
Just don’t expect him
to rival Heisman Trophy
winner Derrick Henry’s
36-carry night in the title
game against Clemson two
years ago.
Scarbrough wasn’t effec-
tive running in the semifinal
game but the 6-foot-2,
235-pounder was a breakout
star in last season’s playoffs.
Josh Jacobs and freshman
Najee Harris are running
and receiving threats, too,
much like the Bulldogs’
Swift.
For Georgia, Michel is
coming off a 181-yard effort
against Oklahoma . He
caught a 13-yard touchdown
pass and his 75-yard scoring
run was the Bulldogs’
longest since Chubb ran 83
yards against Alabama in
2015.
Michel credited the
offensive line and receivers
blocking downfield for the
big run.
“That’s the type of play,
but we’re a downhill team,
so we run the ball,” he said.
“We’ve got plenty of plays
running downhill.”
Women’s College Basketball
Oregon picks up nail-biter victory, Oregon St. loses big
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maite
Cazorla hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer
with 1:32 left and had 18 points to
lead No. 9 Oregon over Southern
California 70-66 on Friday night.
The Ducks (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12)
also got 16 points from Sabrina
Ionescu, who was 9 of 10 from the
free-throw line. Cazorla added six
assists.
The Trojans (10-4, 0-3) were
led by Aliyah Mazyck’s 21 points.
USC’s leading scorer Kristen
Simon was scoreless in the first
half but finished with 18 points and
eight rebounds.
It was the lowest scoring game
of the season for the Ducks. They
started the night averaging 89.2
points per game, fourth most in the
country.
USC trailed for most of the game
but overcame a 10-point deficit to
tie it at 62 with 1:52 to play.
Cazorla hit her 3 to make it
65-62, and Oregon led the rest of
the way.
Oregon had to overcome a
dismal first quarter, hitting 2 of 14
shots and turning the ball over 10
times. USC also struggled and led
only 14-7 at the end of the quarter.
BIG PICTURE
Oregon: The Ducks will
carry their perfect Pac-12 record
into Pauley Pavilion in an early
conference showdown with No. 14
UCLA, the preseason conference
favorite.
USC: After going a strong 10-1
in the preseason, the Trojans are
still looking for their first confer-
ence win.
UP NEXT
Oregon: Travels across town to
play at UCLA on Sunday.
USC: Remains at home on
Sunday to play No.16 Oregon State.
UCLA controls game
LOS ANGELES — In Los
Angeles, Monique Billings scored 19
points and the No. 14 UCLA women
beat No. 16 Oregon State 84-49,
ending the Beavers’ eight-game
winning streak on Friday night.
Billings was 8-of-12 from the
field with six boards and three steals
for the Bruins (11-3, 2-1 Pac-12),
who have won four of their last five.
UCLA attempted 29 more shots
from the field than Oregon State
(11-3, 2-1), a disparity helped by a
21-10 edge on the offensive glass
and a 21-9 advantage in turnovers.
The Bruins never trailed and
initially took control with a 14-4
run to end the second quarter with
a 40-21 lead. They then started the
third quarter with a 14-2 run and
carried a 12-2 run through the end
of the period to build their biggest
lead at 71-31 early in the fourth.
Michaela Onyenwere added 12
points, Jordin Canada and Japreece
Dean had 11 each, and Lajahna
Drummer chipped in 10 for UCLA.
Marie Gulich had 16 points and
Taya Corosdale added 10 for the
Beavers.
SCOREBOARD
Local slate
PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Saturday
Baker at Mac-Hi, 4:30 p.m.
Irrigon at Vale, 4:30 p.m.
La Grande at Nyssa, 5:00 p.m.
Union at Pilot Rock, 5:30 p.m.
Elgin at Heppner, 5:30 p.m.
Imbler at Weston-McEwen, 5:30 p.m.
South Wasco County at Condon/Wheeler,
5:30 p.m.
Powder Valley at Helix, 5:30 p.m.
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL
Saturday
Baker at Mac-Hi, 3:00 p.m.
Irrigon at Vale, 3:00 p.m.
Elgin at Heppner, 4:00 p.m.
Union at Pilot Rock, 4:00 p.m.
Imbler at Weston-McEwen, 4:00 p.m.
South Wasco County at Condon/Wheeler,
4:00 p.m.
Powder Valley at Helix, 4:00 p.m.
PREP WRESTLING
Saturday
Pendleton at Brunner Invitational
Riverside, Irrigon, Heppner at Riverside
Rumble
PREP SWIMMING
Saturday
Pendleton at The Dallas
COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL
Saturday
BMCC vs. Big Bend CC, 4 p.m.
EOU at Northwest, 7:30 p.m.
COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Saturday
BMCC vs. Big Bend CC, 2 p.m.
EOU at Northwest, 5:30 p.m.
Prep Scores
BOYS BASKETBALL
Friday’s Games
Aloha 45, Glencoe 43
Amity 67, Sheridan 56
Arlington 41, Hori. Christ. Hood River
36, OT
Baker 71, Homedale, Idaho 70, 2OT
Banks 66, Yamhill-Carlton 42
Barlow 69, David Douglas 57
Bend 65, Ridgeview 42
Camas Valley 58, Glendale 32
Cascade 59, Scappoose 51
Cascade Christian 64, St. Mary’s 37
Catlin Gabel 60, Rainier 50
Central Catholic 68, Reynolds 21
Chemawa 77, Gervais 66
Chiloquin 68, Prospect 44
Churchill 60, Ashland 54
Coquille 49, Pleasant Hill 42
Corbett 53, Astoria 35
Cottage Grove 67, Stayton 64
Creswell 73, La Pine 56
Crook County 58, Sweet Home 48
Crosshill Christian 59, Falls City 40
Damascus Christian 74, Port. Waldorf 30
Dayton 78, Taft 52
Eagle Point 74, North Eugene 67
Elkton 36, Powers 33
Gaston 80, City Christian 51
Gladstone 43, Philomath 40
Grants Pass 60, Willamette 48
Hillsboro 55, St. Helens 49
Hori. Christ. Tualatin 72, Westside
Christian 50
Illinois Valley 62, Lakeview 30
Jesuit 46, Southridge 43
Jordan Valley 79, Adrian 31
Joseph 46, Echo 43
Kennedy 68, Central Linn 37
Knappa 67, Faith Bible 37
La Grande 72, Ontario 51
La Salle 67, Sandy 65, OT
Lake Oswego 70, Lakeridge 53
Life Christian 56, Delphian High School 35
Lost River 55, Oakridge 50
Marist 48, Thurston 45
McMinnville 75, South Salem 60
McNary 61, West Salem 54
Monroe 85, Riddle 62
Mountain View 105, Madras 71
N. Clackamas Christian 53, Valor Christian
48
New Hope Christian 57, Yoncalla 50
Nixyaawii 53, Powder Valley 51
North Douglas 33, Umpqua Valley
Christian 31
North Lake 50, Gilchrist 37
North Medford 71, Sheldon 49
Nyssa 45, Riverside 42
Oregon City 54, Centennial 39
Pacific 47, Days Creek 21
Parkrose 60, Putnam 58
Pilot Rock 53, Imbler 31
Salem Academy 66, Scio 20
Santiam Christian 52, Willamina 47
Seaside 64, Newport 63
Sisters 38, Burns 28
South Eugene 60, South Medford 55
Southwest Christian 48, Country Christian
44
Sprague 74, North Salem 58
Springfield 64, Crater 45
St. Paul 50, Regis 45
Summit 70, Redmond 50
Sunset 68, Liberty 64
Tigard 61, Sherwood 46
Tillamook 61, Estacada 34
Toledo 97, Siletz Valley 38
Tualatin 57, Newberg 34
Valley Catholic 66, Molalla 47
Vernonia 53, Nestucca 48
Wallowa 44, Pine Eagle 31
West Albany 62, Forest Grove 55
West Linn 86, Canby 36
Western Menn. 88, East Linn Christian 53
Westview 63, Beaverton 53
Wilsonville 76, Milwaukie 38
Woodburn 62, Hood River 40
Far West/Skyline Crossover Tournament
Brookings-Harbor 42, Phoenix 34
Douglas 53, North Valley 51
Henley 60, North Bend 38
Hidden Valley 52, South Umpqua 41
Marshfield 48, Mazama 39
Siuslaw 47, Klamath 43
POSTPONEMENTS, CANCELLATIONS
Ione vs. Dufur, ppd.
Hermiston vs. Silverton, cxl.
GIRLS BASKETBALL
Friday’s Games
Amity 43, Sheridan 42
Astoria 53, Corbett 21
Beaverton 68, Westview 47
Blanchet Catholic 62, Jefferson 40
Camas Valley 55, Glendale 17
Cascade 45, Scappoose 26
Cascade Christian 46, St. Mary’s 45
Chiloquin 58, Prospect 15
Churchill 70, Ashland 33
Clackamas 73, Gresham 16
Coquille 50, Pleasant Hill 46
Country Christian 62, Southwest Christian
36
Crane 51, Monument 32
Crane 51, Monument/Dayville 32
Creswell 54, La Pine 14
Crook County 51, Sweet Home 18
Crosshill Christian 39, Falls City 37, OT
Crow 61, Butte Falls/Crater Lake Charter
39
Damascus Christian 59, Portland Waldorf
6
David Douglas 58, Barlow 24
Days Creek 55, Pacific 16
Dayton 74, Taft 14
Elkton 47, Powers 12
Faith Bible 56, Knappa 30
Gaston 80, City Christian 51
Gervais 50, Chemawa 28
Glencoe 65, Aloha 38
Grants Pass 58, Willamette 36
Heppner 53, Union 47
Hillsboro 45, St. Helens 39
Horizon Christian Hood River 52, Arlington
19
Jordan Valley 39, Adrian 31
Joseph 46, Echo 43
Kennedy 47, Central Linn 40
La Grande 42, Ontario 39
La Salle 81, Sandy 26
Lake Oswego 54, Lakeridge 40
Lakeview 49, Illinois Valley 32
Liberty 69, Sunset 38
Lost River 56, Oakridge 30
Madras 59, Mountain View 46
Marist 65, Thurston 42
Monroe 63, Riddle 12
Neah-Kah-Nie 50, Columbia Christian 17
New Hope Christian 41, Yoncalla 29
Newport 44, Seaside 23
Nixyaawii 71, Powder Valley 24
North Eugene 34, Eagle Point 21
North Lake 53, Gilchrist 31
Nyssa 47, Riverside 35
Oakland 51, Bonanza 34
Oregon City 53, Centennial 16
Philomath 47, Gladstone 36
Pilot Rock 44, Imbler 34
Putnam 53, Parkrose 31
Rainier 48, Catlin Gabel 17
Ridgeview 50, Bend 47
Salem Academy 60, Scio 9
Santiam Christian 55, Willamina 48
Sheldon 47, North Medford 45
South Medford 73, South Eugene 52
South Salem 54, McMinnville 40
Southridge 56, Jesuit 26
Springfield 38, Crater 17
St. Paul 60, Regis 30
St. Stephens Academy 45, Delphian High
School 28
Stayton 45, Cottage Grove 43, OT
Summit 48, Redmond 45
Tigard 55, St. Mary’s Academy 34
Toledo 47, Siletz Valley 28
Tualatin 59, Newberg 23
Umpqua Valley Christian 56, North
Douglas 12
Valley Catholic 79, Molalla 61
Vernonia 36, Nestucca 32
Wallowa 34, Pine Eagle 29
Warrenton 61, Oregon Episcopal 30
West Linn 59, Canby 52
Western Mennonite 43, East Linn
Christian 26
Willamette Valley Christian 52, C.S.
Lewis 16
Wilsonville 63, Milwaukie 50
Yamhill-Carlton 65, Banks 62, 3OT
Far West/Skyline Crossover
Douglas 37, Klamath 35, OT
Henley 60, Brookings-Harbor 56
Hidden Valley 68, South Umpqua 19
Marshfield 51, Mazama 36
North Valley 37, North Bend 25
Phoenix 34, Siuslaw 33
Basketball
NBA
Friday’s Games
Boston 91, Minnesota 84
Philadelphia 114, Detroit 78
Miami 107, New York 103, OT
Toronto 129, Milwaukee 110
Chicago 127, Dallas 124
San Antonio 103, Phoenix 89
Denver 99, Utah 91
Washington 102, Memphis 100
Portland 107, Atlanta 88
Charlotte 108, L.A. Lakers 94
Saturday’s Games
Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 12:30 p.m.
Boston at Brooklyn, 3 p.m.
Chicago at Indiana, 4 p.m.
Cleveland at Orlando, 4 p.m.
Houston at Detroit, 4 p.m.
Milwaukee at Washington, 5 p.m.
New Orleans at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Denver at Sacramento, 7 p.m.
NCAA
Men’s Basketball
Top 25 Schedule
Friday’s Games
No games scheduled.
Saturday’s Games
Louisviller at No. 25 Clemson, 9 a.m.
No. 5 Xavier at Providence, 9 a.m. (FOX)
No. 12 UNC at No. 8 UVA, 10 a.m. (ESPN)
No. 14 Arizona at Colorado, 11 a.m.
(PAC12)
Nebraska at No. 13 Purdue, 11:15 a.m.
LSU at No. 11 Texas A&M, 11:15 a.m.
No. 21 Seton Hall at Butler, 11:30 a.m.
(FS1)
Kansas State at No. 18 Texas Tech, 1 p.m.
No. 22 Arkansas at Auburn, 3 p.m.
(ESPNU)
No. 7 Oklahoma at No. 6 West Virginia,
4:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
No. 2 Duke at NC State, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Marquette at No. 3 Villanova, 5 p.m. (FS1)
No. 17 Kentucky at No. 23 Tennessee,
6 p.m.
No. 10 Kansas at No. 16 TCU, 6:15 p.m.
(ESPN2)
No. 19 Gonzaga at Loyola Mary, 7 p.m.
(ESPNU)
Pac-12 Schedule
Friday’s Games
Oregon State 76, Oregon 64
Saturday’s Games
No. 14 Arizona at Colorado, 11 a.m.
(PAC12)
Washington at Washington State, 1 p.m.
(PAC12)
UCLA at Cal, 3:30 p.m. (PAC12)
Women’s Basketball
Top 25 Schedule
Friday’s Games
No. 21 Villanova 75, Xavier 57
No. 24 Stanford 61, Arizona 46
No. 14 UCLA 84, No. 16 Oregon State 49
No. 25 Arizona State 80, No. 23 Cal 71
No. 9 Oregon 70, USC 66
Saturday’s Games
No. 6 Baylor at Knasas, 12 p.m. (ESPN3)
No. 1 UConn at USF, 4 p.m. (ESPN3)
Pac-12 Schedule.
Friday’s Games
No. 24 Stanford 61, Arizona 46
Utah 74, Washington 65
No. 14 UCLA 84, No. 16 Oregon State 49
No. 25 Arizona State 80, No. 23 Cal 71
Washington State 89, Colorado 75
No. 9 Oregon 70, USC 66
Saturday’s Games
No games scheduled.
Hockey
NHL
Friday’s Games
Pittsburgh 4, N.Y. Islanders 0
Detroit 4, Florida 2
Ottawa 6, San Jose 5, OT
Winnipeg 4, Buffalo 3
Vegas 5, Chicago 4
Saturday’s Games
St. Louis at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
Edmonton at Dallas, 12 p.m.
Carolina at Boston, 4 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Ottawa, 4 p.m.
Vancouver at Toronto, 4 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Arizona, 5 p.m.
Minnesota at Colorado, 6 p.m.
Anaheim at Calgary, 7 p.m.
Nashville at Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.
Football
NFL
Wild-card Playoffs
Saturday’s Games
Tennessee at Kansas City, 4:35 p.m.
(ESPN/ABC)
Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m.
(NBC)
Sunday’s Games
Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)
Carolina at New Orleans, 4:40 p.m. (FOX)