PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland State outscored Sacrametno State, 44-29, in
the second half to cruise to a 80-65 win Thursday night at Memorial
The win improved the Vikings to 13-10 overall and 5-6 in the Big Sky.
It also halted PSUâ€™s five-game losing streak. The Hornets fell to 9-13
overall and 3-8 in conference games.
Sacramento State opened a seven-point lead with 7:50 left in the first
half but saw PSU outsocre them 18-11 in the remaining minutes to tie the
gam, 36-36, at halftime.
Both teams traded leads for the first five minutes of the second period
before the Vikings went on a 11-2 run to blow the game open, 59-49.
Sacramento State was able to respond with its own run and closed the
deficit to four, 65-61, with 6:06 remaining.
Portland State, however, pulled away behind a three-pointer by Ime
Udoka and stellar free throw shooting to seal the game. The Vikings made
8-of-9 attempts from the charity stripe in the final four minutes of the
Derek Nesland led PSU with 19 points. Hasan Artharee added 14 and Udoka
contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
Junior Pablo Gonzales led all scorers with 23 points. Gonzales was
9-of-16 from the floor and 5-of-8 from behind the three-point arc.
Junior Rame Batta, who had 17 points at halftime, ended the game with a
Sacramento State continues its road trip on Saturday against Eastern
Washington. The game, which will be broadcasted on KTKZ 1380 AM, begins
at 7 p.m.