Oregon Falls Just Short of Portland State, 54-52
Dec. 27, 2005
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Scott Morrison had 15 points and six rebounds to lift Portland State to a 54-52 win over Oregon on Tuesday.
Juma Kumara added nine points and eight boards for the Vikings (6-6), who have won four in a row.
Bryce Taylor had 11 to lead the Ducks (6-6). Aaron Brooks had 10 points, four assists and four steals.
The Ducks, who started the season 4-0, have lost six of their last eight to finish up nonconference play. They host rival Oregon State this weekend in their Pac-10 opener.
The Ducks, coming off an 80-72 loss to Portland, struggled from the field, shooting just 36 percent and making just 4-of-24 3-pointers.
Portland State didn't fare much better from long range, going 2-of-17 on 3s.
The defending Big Sky champs have seven junior college transfers and are rebuilding under Ken Bone after former coach Heath Schroyer left to become an assistant at Fresno State.
Portland State had success early going down low -- Morrison scored eight of the Vikings' first 16 points as Portland State went up 16-10.
The Vikings led 26-24 at half after Kumara's buzzer-beating put-back.
The Ducks opened the half on a 17-8 run, highlighted by Maarty Leunen's 3-pointer, and led by eight points with 13 minutes to go.
But Portland State got back in it, and Ryan Sommer's 15-foot jumper tying it at 44 with 6:38 left. Jake Schroeder made two free throws with 43.2 seconds left to give the Vikings a 53-51 lead. After both teams made one free throw, Oregon had one last chance to tie or win the game. But with Portland State switching to zone, Brandon Lincoln missed a 20-footer.
Oregon played without leading scorer Malik Hairston, who sat with a sprained toe.