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Saint Mary's holds off Ducks' late second-half charge

EUGENE — Omar Samhan scored 22 points, Matt Dellavedova added 21 and Saint Mary's held off a late Oregon rally to beat the Ducks 81-76 Saturday.

Samhan scored 14 points in the second half as the Gaels (7-1) rallied from an eight-point deficit, and Dellavedova had nine points in the final three minutes after Oregon had cut Saint Mary's nine-point lead to one.

Dellavedova's 3-pointer with 2:51 to play ended an 8-0 Oregon run and gave the Gaels a 71-67 lead. Saint Mary's secured the win by going 10 for 10 from the free-throw line in the final 1:25.

"I thought that was the shot of the game," Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said of Dellavedova's 3-pointer, which was the Gaels' last field goal of the game. "Probably want to get a better shot than that, but the shot clock was down and he's a great shooter and he makes big shots."

Clint Steindl also scored 14 for the Gaels.

Malcolm Armstead had 14 points for the Ducks (4-4), who led 34-33 at halftime. E.J. Singler, a former South Medford High standout, added 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting to go with four assists in a team-high 33 minutes of action.

An ankle injury kept the Ducks' second-leading scorer, Tajuan Porter, on the bench for the second time in three games.

"I've been told the best thing to do is let it heal or else he'll be right back to where he is now," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said.

With their 3-point specialist out, the Ducks attempted only five shots from beyond the arc, making two. Both were season lows.

Still, the Ducks led 43-35 following a 9-2 run to open the second half.

But a 3-pointer by Mitchell Young sparked the Gaels and Saint Mary's took its first lead of the second half on a three-point play by Samhan with 13:38 to play that made it 50-49.

Samhan, a 6-foot-11 center, also had eight rebounds and was 7 of 11 from the field.

"That's kind of how Omar does it," Bennett said. "Over the course of the game attrition kicks in and he just keeps coming."

A 3-pointer from Steindl gave the Gaels a 68-59 advantage with 5:41 remaining. Oregon answered by scoring the next eight points before Dellavedova's clutch 3-pointer gave them some breathing room.

While Oregon shot better from the field — 50 percent to 47 percent — the Ducks made just 12 of 21 free throws while the Gaels were 20 of 24 from the line.

Kent coached at Saint Mary's for six seasons before taking over at Oregon in 1997. He has now lost three straight to his former team.

Nebraska 50, Oregon State 44

At Lincoln, Neb., Ryan Anderson had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead Nebraska, which survived a scoring drought down the stretch to hold off Oregon State.

Nebraska (7-2) hit its last field goal of the game with 6:53 remaining and scored its final five points from the free-throw line, including two each from Lance Jeter and Anderson in the final minute to seal the win.

Oregon State (4-4) struggled offensively as well, getting just four points in the final four minutes on a free throw by Calvin Haynes with 52 seconds left and a three-point play from Seth Tarver with 21 seconds left that made the score 48-44.

Nebraska led 24-19 at halftime, but the Huskers could not pull away from the Beavers, who got 12 second-half points from Roeland Schaftenaar. He finished with 16.

Washington State 75,Air Force 68

At Spokane, Wash., Klay Thompson scored 19 points and Reggie Moore scored 16 as Washington State held off Air Force.

Marcus Capers added 12 points for Washington State (8-2). The Cougars relied on superior rebounding and a big free throw advantage to stay ahead of the Falcons.

Michael Lyons had a career-high 25 for Air Force (5-3). Grant Parker, who leads Air Force with 17 points per game, did not suit up because of a groin injury.

Washington State made 19 of 25 free throws, while Air Force made 11 of 13. The Cougars also had a 36-24 rebound advantage.

Washington State sophomore guard Michael Harthun, a South Medford High graduate, had a season-high six points on 3 of 5 shooting and played a career-high 22 minutes.