Malachi Flynn scored 28 points with eight rebounds and five assists, Robert Franks added 19 points as Washington State held on in the final seconds to defeat Oregon 78-76 on Thursday night.
PULLMAN — Malachi Flynn scored 28 points with eight rebounds and five assists, Robert Franks added 19 points and Washington State held on in the final seconds to defeat Oregon 78-76 on Thursday night.
The Cougars took the lead just before halftime on a Franks three-pointer for a 37-35 advantage. Leading for most of the second half, it looked like a typical late-game showing for the Cougars after Oregon went on a 13-2 run for its first lead of the second half, 67-66 with 3:32 remaining.
Flynn’s 28 points put him two shy of his career high of 30 against Colorado at home. Flynn came up clutch with big buckets throughout the second half, including an 8-0 run by himself with 10:22 remaining. Viont’e Daniels added 13 points for the Cougars (12-17, 4-13 Pac-12), including a three from the corner with 54 seconds left in the game to extend the Cougar lead to 77-72.
Elijah Brown contributed 18 points for the Ducks (19-11, 9-8), and Troy Brown Jr. added 17 points and six rebounds.
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Payton Pritchard had 16 points for Oregon but missed a big free throw to tie the game in the final 10 seconds and a potential game-winning three at the buzzer.
At Arizona State 84, California 53
Romello White had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Arizona State pulled away in a second half filled with highlight-reel plays to beat California.
Arizona State (20-9, 8-9 Pac-12) gradually built a 10-point lead in the first half, then ran away from the Bears in the second with a series of dunks and layups to end a three-game losing streak.
The Sun Devils shot 51 percent and made 15 of 27 shots in the second half to send Cal (8-22, 2-15) to its school-record 22nd loss of the season.
The Bears have lost six straight, 14 of 15 and broke a tie with the 1978-79 team for the most losses in their 111 seasons as a program.
At Eastern Wash. 74, Southern Utah 51
Bogdan Bliznyuk had 32 points and 15 rebounds to help power Eastern Washington to a rout of Southern Utah in the penultimate game of the regular season.
The Eagles are tied with Weber State for third place in the Big Sky after the Wildcats lost at Montana, 75-57.
Eastern Washington earns a season split with Southern Utah and won its fifth straight game heading into the season finale against Northern Arizona on Saturday.
Ty Gibson scored 13 points and Sir Washington added 10 for EWU (17-13, 12-5).
The Thunderbirds (11-17, 5-12) got 15 points from Jamal Aytes.
• Michael Porter Jr., the 6-foot-10 freshman phenom from Nathan Hale High School, will be a game-time decision to play Saturday against Arkansas, said Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin.
• De’Andre Hunter’s three-pointer as time expired gave No. 1 Virginia a 67-66 victory over host Louisville in a wild finish that made the Cavaliers (27-2, 16-1) the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to go 9-0 on the road in league play.
• Ahmaad Rorie scored 20 points and host Montana clinched the Big Sky regular-season title with 75-57 victory over Weber State. Montana (22-7, 15-2) eliminated both Weber State (19-10, 12-5) and Idaho from contention with a game remaining.