Sim's 20 guide Ducks to narrow victory

EUGENE — Garrett Sim scored 20 points to lead Oregon to a 74-66 victory over Prairie View on Wednesday night at the Global Sports Hoops Showcase.

Devoe Joseph added 19 points and former South Medford star E.J. Singler 13 for the Ducks (8-3).

Demondre Chapman scored 12 points to lead the Panthers (4-8), who haven't played a home game since Nov. 15. Jourdan Demuynck added 10.

Sim tied his season high, going 6 of 11, as Oregon shot 41 percent. The Ducks were buoyed by a season-best 10-of-21 effort from 3-point range a night after shooting 33 percent from long range against North Carolina Central.

"We came together and played with more excitement," Sim said. "I think open looks is why we shot better."

Trailing 25-23 with 4:37 left in the first half, the Ducks took a 34-30 lead at halftime after Sim and Singler combined to score Oregon's next 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

"Our new guys are struggling a little bit," coach Dana Altman said. "They're having a tough time trying to find the rhythm. The guys who have been in the program here helped us survive."

The Ducks shot 6 of 12 from 3-point range in the first half, with Singler making all three of his attempts.

Joseph sank 6 of his 14 shots, including eight of the Ducks' first 10 points to start the second half.

Sim helped Oregon tie its largest lead when he made a 3-pointer from the right baseline for a 57-44 edge with 10:31 left, but Prairie View charged back.

Aided by three of Oregon's 18 turnovers, Prairie View cut the Ducks' lead to 68-64 with 4:46 remaining on consecutive 3-pointers by Louis Munks. But the Panthers' rally was halted when they failed to score for the next 4:07, while the Ducks made six free throws.

"We just never got into a flow offensively," Altman said. "Eighteen turnovers had something to do with that."

Oregon State 92,Chicago State 66

At Chicago, Devon Collier's 19 points led five Oregon State players in double figures in a victory over Chicago State.

Roberto Nelson scored 16 points and Jared Cunningham 15 for the Beavers (10-2) in their final nonconference game of the season.

Ahmad Starks added 13 points and Angus Brandt 10, while Joe Burton had 11 rebounds.

Lee Fisher and Jeremy Robinson had double-doubles for the Cougars (0-12). Fisher had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Robinson scored 13 points with 15 boards. Clarke Rosenberg added 14 points.

Oregon State held a huge shooting edge, hitting 33 of 64 (51.6 percent) to Chicago State's 22 of 74 (29.7 percent). The Beavers led 11-7 before a 14-2 run made it 25-9 with 10:55 left in the first half. Oregon State increased its advantage to 50-24 at intermission and was never threatened thereafter.

Fresno State 68,Arizona State 65

At Tempe, Ariz., Kevin Olekaibe hit a 3-pointer with 29.9 seconds remaining to help Fresno State to a win over Arizona State, snapping the Bulldogs' four-game losing streak.

Keala King, who led the Sun Devils with 22 points and six rebounds, missed a layup with 12 seconds left, and Fresno State's Jonathan Willis hit one of two free throws for the final margin. Arizona State's Kyle Cain missed a shot from the top of the key in the final seconds.

Cain's three-point play with 38 seconds left gave Arizona State a 65-64 lead.

Olekaibe scored 21 of his 30 points in the second half to help rally Fresno State (5-8) from a 17-point first-half deficit. Arizona State (4-8) has had four straight games decided by shots in the final seconds, losing the last three.

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