Sports Update, Tuesday, Dec. 3rd – Ducks Prepare for Utah on Friday

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The Oregon Tech women’s basketball team has been named the “Under Armour Team of the Week” for November 25-December 1 according to the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

The Lady Owls completed a weekend sweep in their final tune-up before opening CCC play next weekend.

On Saturday OIT defeated Cal-Maritime 62-60 with Kristin Farrell leading the way with 15-points while shooting 5 for 7 from behind the arc. Rebounding was a highlight as the Lady Owls enjoyed a 35-23 edge on the glass.

The Oregon Ducks had better be sharp Friday, because the Ducks are facing their most formidable opponent of the year.

Oregon coach Mario Cristobal says that “Utah will be the most talented defense we have faced.”

Statistics back that up – the Utes lead the Pac-12 in pretty much every significant defensive category, from stopping the run to limiting pass efficiency, as well as the likes of third-down defense and in the red zone.

Cristobal also spoke highlight of Utah’s “big, physical group” on the offensive line. But the Utes have skill as well – quarterback Tyler Huntley might be the favorite at this point to be named Pac-12 offensive player of the year, and running back Zack Moss recently became the first player in Utah history to post three 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Both players missed last year’s win by Utah over the Ducks in Salt Lake City.

The Ducks game will be played in Santa Clara at Levi’s Stadium beginning at 5pm, Friday.

Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony has been named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 1, announced by the NBA.

Anthony averaged 22.3 points (57.4% FG, 45.5% 3-PT, 88.9% FT), 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists as the Trail Blazers went 3-0.

Anthony scored a season-high 25 points (10-20 FG, 4-7 3-PT, 1-1 FT) at Chicago on Nov. 25 to go with eight rebounds, two assists and one steal. With his final basket, Anthony passed Alex English (25,613 career points) for 18th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

On Nov. 27, Anthony recorded 19 points (9-11 FG, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and two assists against Oklahoma City. His 81.8% shooting from the field marked the highest field goal percentage for a single game with at least two field goal attempts in his career.

Anthony closed the week with a double-double of 23 points (8-16 FG, 1-3 3-PT, 6-7 FT) and 11 rebounds to go with four assists and one steal against Chicago on Nov. 29. It was his 755th career game of 20-plus points, breaking a tie with Oscar Robertson for the 10th-most 20-point games in NBA history. 

It is the 19th time in his career that Anthony has received a Conference Player of the Week honor, and the first time he has received the award since March 10, 2014.

The Oregon State Beavers football team landed a key commitment Monday evening.

During an “in-home visit” with Maryland junior college safety Johnathan Riley at Topgolf, he announced his commitment to Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith and defensive back coach Blue Adams.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety, out of Kilgore Junior College (Waldorf, Maryland), chose the Beavers over offers from Cincinnati, New Mexico State, Texas Tech and others.

Riley took an official visit to Corvallis on November 8, and Oregon State appeared to become the clear-cut favorite.

The scoreboard Sunday afternoon in Gill Coliseum said Oregon State Beavers 81, Portland State 76, so officially, it goes down as a win for the Oregon State basketball team.  But there was a little celebration afterward, because this is a season of big goals and matching an opponent’s toughness, if not winning that battle outright.

The smaller Vikings out-rebounded OSU 39-32, and pounded the Beavers on the offensive boards. Portland State’s scrappiness allowed the Vikings to whittle a 19-point second-half deficit to four points with 19 seconds remaining.

To the Beavers credit, they found a way to stop the bleeding in the end. They were able to close out Portland State when Gianni Hunt hit a free throw, followed a solid defensive stand on the Vikings’ final possession.

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