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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Kevin Pangos hit 5 of 7 3-point shots and
scored 19 points last night as Gonzaga opened West Coast Conference
play with a 90-51 win over Portland. Sam Dower added 15 points and
Robert Sacre scored 13 as the Bulldogs stretched their winning
streak to five games. Tim Douglas and Nemanja Mitrovic scored 10
each for Portland. The Pilots have lost seven in a row overall, and
17 consecutive games to Gonzaga.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) – Kareem Jamar scored 17 points to lead
Montana to a 75-64 victory over Portland State in a Big Sky
Conference opener Wednesday night. Art Steward and Will Cherry
added 15 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who won their third in a
row. Charles Odum scored 27 points, hitting 8 of 13 shots, but the
Vikings dropped their third in a row. Renado Parker scored 16, and
Chehales Tapscott grabbed 12 rebounds.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) – Cliff Colimon scored 22 points and Eastern
Washington beat Montana State 82-66 last night in the schools’ Big
Sky Conference opener. Three other players were in double figures
for the Eagles (7-6). Cliff Ederaine had 16 points, Collin
Chiverton scored 12 and Jeffrey Forbes added 11 points for Eastern
Washington, which never trailed in the game. The final score was
the Eagles’ largest margin.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) – The linebackers’ coach at Washington State
is joining the coaching staff at Wyoming. The Cowboys said
yesterday that Chris Tormey has signed a contract to become the
team’s defensive coordinator and secondary coach. Tormey worked at
Washington State this year. He also previously served as an
assistant coach at the University of Washington and helped guide
the Huskies to a national championship in 1991.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – An Oregon football player helped a
choking diner during the traditional Beef Bowl, which brings the
teams playing in the Rose Bowl to Lawry’s in Beverly Hills for
prime rib. Paul Diamond began choking a bit while eating at the
restaurant yesterday. Oregon guard Mark Asper performed the
Heimlich maneuver on Diamond, helping him cough up the meat.
Diamond’s son Tom is an Oregon senior. The Rose Bowl is Monday.

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