Portland, Ore. –
The beautiful new home of Portland State basketball continues to treat the Vikings well.
PSU dominated their cross-town rival Portland Pilots on the glass and used a big second-half offensive surge to lock in an 87-78 victory in front of 2, 020 fans inside Viking Pavilion at Peter W. Stott Center.
The win improves Portland State to 5-3 overall, and 4-0 at home. The Terry Porter-led Pilots fall to 5-4 on the season.
The Vikings were led in scoring by sophomore Holland “Boo Boo” Woods, who scored 27 points, 17 in the first half. Woods made all five of his 3-pointers in the first half as the Vikings held a 46-43 advantage at the break.
The Pilots were out-rebounded 55-29 by the Vikings, a disparity that led PSU to attempt 15 more shots. The Viks shot 40.5% from the floor (30-for-74) while Portland shot 47.5% (28-for-59). PSU did turn the ball over 15 times, including some sloppy play with the lead in the second half to allow UP to stay within striking distance.
Portland State trailed by as many as 8 points early in the game before establishing an offensive rhythm in the final ten minutes before halftime. The Viks proceeded to outscore UP 41-35 in the second half to get the win, leading by as many as 19 points with 9 minutes left in regulation.
The arena was just under seventy per cent full, according to the attendance figures and arena capacity.
The Vikings are next in action Dec. 12th with a road game at BYU.