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No. 15 Oregon rallies to beat Illinois

Mike Moser, a transfer from UNLV playing in his hometown of Portland, had 14 points and nine rebounds to help 15th-ranked Oregon beat Illinois 71-64.

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PORTLAND – Oregon’s Mike Moser was happy to be home.

The senior transfer from UNLV played at Portland’s Grant High School. He easily had the loudest cheering section Saturday night when he had 14 points and nine rebounds in the 15th-ranked Ducks’ 71-64 victory over Illinois at the Moda Center, home of the NBA Trail Blazers.

“It felt incredible — and even 10 times better because we won the game,” Moser said of the cheers from the crowd of 10,043.

Joseph Young added 14 points as Oregon improved to 9-0 in its best start since it won the first 13 games of the 2006-07 season.

“There’s still some things we want to work on, but the undefeated part is real good,” Moser said.

Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice had 16 points apiece for the Illini (9-2), who had not lost to the Ducks in their four previous meetings.

Illinois led by as many as nine points in the second half, but Oregon rallied to a 58-54 advantage on Moser’s layup and Young’s short jumper.

The Big Ten Illini responded with five straight points, retaking the lead before Elgin Cook’s layup put Oregon back in front and Moser added a three-pointer to make the score 63-59 in the Ducks’ favor.

Illinois coach John Groce said his team played well for 32 minutes.

“I just want us to be aggressive on both ends of the floor,” Groce said. “And I think we got a little tentative with eight minutes to go.”

McKissic has 19

TEMPE, Ariz. – Shaquielle McKissic scored a season-high 19 points to help Arizona State rout Grambling State 97-55.

McKissic, a standout at Kentridge High School and Edmonds Community College before enrolling at Arizona State, made all three of his three-point attempts.

Jordan Bachynski had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Sun Devils (9-2). Jermaine Marshall added 16 points and Jahii Carson had 14 as coach Herb Sendek emptied his bench in the second half.

A’Torri Shine scored 16 points for the Tigers (0-4), who shot 31 percent in their first game in 24 days. Arizona State shot 64 percent.

UCLA rolls

LOS ANGELES – Jordan Adams scored 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting as UCLA beat Prairie View A&M 95-71.

Freshman Zach LaVine from Bothell High had 10 points and five rebounds for the Bruins (9-1).

Other games

Richard Solomon posted his third double-double of the season with a season-high 17 points and a team-high 14 rebounds, leading host California to a 67-56 victory over Fresno State.

Justin Cobbs added 13 points for the Golden Bears (8-3).

Chasson Randle scored 16 points, and host Stanford returned from a 13-day break for final exams with an 83-56 rout of cold-shooting UC Davis.

Jordan Loveridge scored 21 points and Delon Wright chipped in 16 to help Utah beat Brigham Young 81-64, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Cougars.

The Utes improved to 9-1 and BYU is 8-4.

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