Former Beaver Crandall dies at 93 — Former Oregon State men’s basketball player Cliff Crandall passed away in Tigard on April 9. He was 93. Crandall led the Beavers to the NCAA semifinals in 1949 and to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1947. He played at OSU from 1946 to 1949. He was a two-time all-American and was the first Oregon State player to finish his career with more than 1,000 points, scoring 1,248 during his four seasons. Crandall helped the Beavers to Pacific Coast Conference titles in 1947 and 1949. His 126 career games still has Crandall in the OSU record books at No. 6 for most games played and he is in the top 20 in career scoring. Born and raised in Astoria, Crandall captained the Astoria High basketball team to the state championship in 1942. He then spent time in the service in WWII. After graduating from OSU in 1949, Crandall was taken by the Minneapolis Lakers in the second-ever NBA draft. According to his obituary, Crandall turned down the opportunity because he would have been unable to raise his new family on what was then low pay to play in the league.
UO men add transfer guard — Oregon men’s basketball has received a verbal commitment from Eric Williams, a transfer from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh who has to sit out next season before having two years of eligibility with the Ducks. The 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard from Port Huron, Michigan, averaged 14.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in two seasons with the Dukes while starting 59 of 64 games. Williams averaged 14.0 points and 7.6 assists last season while shooting 37.1 percent on 3-pointers. Williams scored 905 points in two seasons at Duquesne while reaching double figures in 45 games. He has 17 double-doubles in his career. Williams made a school-record nine 3-pointers as a freshman during a game against George Mason. He picked Oregon over Missouri.
Nets GM penalized for entering refs’ locker room — Nets general manager Sean Marks has been suspended one game without pay and fined $25,000 for entering the referees’ locker room after Brooklyn’s loss to Philadelphia in Game 4 of their playoff series. The Nets lost 112-108 on Saturday in a game in which Brooklyn’s Jared Dudley and Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler were ejected after a scuffle broke out following Joel Embiid’s flagrant foul against Jarrett Allen in the third quarter. The Nets were already angry about a flagrant foul Embiid committed against Allen in Game 2, and coach Kenny Atkinson complained that the 76ers held Allen before he turned the ball over on the Nets’ last chance to tie the game. The penalty was announced Sunday by Byron Spruell, the NBA’s president of league operations. Marks will serve his suspension Tuesday, when the 76ers try to wrap up the series in Game 5 in Philadelphia.
— From wire reports