Kansas ends Viks voyage
- jason vondersmith
- Portland Tribune - Sports
• PSU men fall to top seed 85-61 in first trip to NCAA tourney
Portland State's historic basketball season came to an end Thursday with Kansas beating the Vikings 85-61 in an NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional game at Omaha, Neb.
The Viks kept it close early, as Kyle Coston hit a 3-pointer to cut the PSU deficit to 4-3.
It was all Kansas from there on - the hot-shooting Jayhawks led 14-3, 36-18 and then 49-26 at halftime after Sherron Collins hit a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left in the first half.
No, Portland State couldn't pull off the monumental upset - as a 16th seed against a top seed. The No. 1s were leading 92-0 heading into this year's Big Dance.
'The atmosphere was great. It's what you dream about,' PSU point guard Jeremiah Dominguez says.
The Vikings matched the average margin of defeat of the past two No. 16s from the Big Sky Conference. Kentucky beat Montana by 38 in 1997, and Washington defeated Montana by 11 in 2005.
The Big Sky champ has won three times in the opening round since 1995 - No. 14 Weber State beat Michigan State 79-72 in 1995; No. 14 Weber State topped North Carolina 76-74 in 1999, and No. 12 Montana handled Nevada 87-79 in 2006.
The Vikings finished 23-10 in Ken Bone's third year as coach, which produced a school-record win total and the school's first NCAA berth.
The 5-6 Dominguez, the Big Sky player of the year, drew KU's defensive attention and had 13 points.
'They face-guarded me and didn't let me get going,' Dominguez says. 'All of our shots were being contested.'
Alex Tiefenthaler added 10 points off the bench for PSU. The Viks shot .382, including 9 of 25 (.360) from the 3-point line, but turnovers hurt, and the bigger and faster Jayhawks simply could not be contained.
Brandon Rush scored 18 points, Darrell Arthur 17 and Mario Chalmers 16 for the Jayhawks (32-3), who shot .541 from the field, including 12 of 25 (.480) from 3-point range. Kansas controlled the boards 36-25 and forced 17 turnovers.
- Jason Vondersmith