Concordia, Warner Pacific lose close ones; Lewis & Clark nabs fourth place
Portland State lost its fourth Big Sky game in a row, and its second straight at home, falling 72-65 to visiting Sacramento State.
Portland got a key West Coast Conference win at Chiles Center against Pepperdine 74-62.
No. 24 Concordia came up short 94-93 in overtime at Evergreen in a Cascade Collegiate Conference game.
Warner Pacific lost in OT 71-70 at Northwest in Kirkland, Wash., in CCC action.
Lewis & Clark won 69-64 against Northwest Conference foe Pacific at Forest Grove.
Vikings stay in tailspin
Sacramento State shot a season-high 61.7 percent from the field to drop Portland State to 10 place in the Big Sky.
The Hornets' 72-65 victory at Stott Center left PSU with a 6-8 conference record. The Viks, who had just won four in a row, are 11-12 overall.
Sac State improved to 7-7 in the Big Sky and 11-12 for the season.
The Hornets hit seven of their first nine shots and led 18-6 after six minutes. They extended their advantage to 43-24 late in the first half.
PSU shot 53.7 percent from the floor, and Andrew Winston led the Vikings with 18 points.
PSU goes on the road this week, opening at Southern Utah at 6 p.m. PT Thursday.
The Big Sky is tightly bunched behind Weber State (11-2) and Northern Colorado (9-5). North Dakota and Northern Arizona are tied for third at 8-6. A four-way tie for fifth at 7-7 consists of Montana, Eastern Washington, Sac State and Montana State. Idaho State is 6-7. Then comes PSU, with Southern Utah 0-14 and in 11th place.
Pilots catch Waves
Portland (7-7) is fifth in the West Coast Conference after its 74-62 Chiles Center victory over Pepperdine (7-8).
Ryan Nicholas' game-high 21 points helped UP (15-11 overall). Junior Thomas van der Mars, coming off the bench on Senior Day, added 15 points.
The Pilots played their second game in a row without leading scorer Kevin Bailey, who was nursing a calf injury.
Portland now gets ready for four consecutive road games. The first is 6 p.m. Thursday at San Diego.
In the WCC, No. 24 Gonzaga (13-1) has the lead on BYU (10-5), Saint Mary's (9-5) and San Francisco (9-5) in the top four. San Diego is 5-10.
Cavaliers lose in crunch time
Concordia forced overtime when Adam Herman hit a tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in regulation, but host Evergreen outscored the Cavaliers 9-8 in the extra session to win 94-93 in Olympia, Wash.
Herman led all scorers with 31 points.
Concordia plays a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday game at home against Northwest Christian.
The Cavs are third in the Cascade Collegiate Conference at 9-6. Northwest Christian and Northwest are tied for fourth at 9-7.
College of Idaho leads at 14-2, followed by Southern Oregon at 11-5.
Warner Pacific is 8-7, and Oregon Tech is 8-8.
Knights miss shot at OT win
Visiting Warner Pacific College couldn't get off a good shot in the final seconds, and had a long attempt blocked just before the buzzer as it fell 71-70 at Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash.
Sean Gaines led WPC with a game-high 23 points and seven rebounds. Ryan Parks added 16 points, and Josh Black had a career-high 12 assists.
The Knights are sixth in the Cascade Collegiate Conference with an 8-7 league record. They are 14-13 overall.
Warner Pacific returns to the floor to host Corban (2-14 CCC) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Pioneers improve position
Lewis & Clark beat host Pacific 72-66 to take over the fourth spot in the Northwest Conference, where four teams make the league playoffs.
Sophomore Serg Ovchinnikov led the Pioneers with 14 points, Kurt Parker had 13, Connor Freeberg added 12 and eight rebounds, and Randall Jackson had 10 points.
L&C is 8-5 in the NWC. The top three are Whitworth (13-1), Whitman (11-3) and Puget Sound (9-5). George Fox is fifth at 7-6, and Pacific fell to sixth at 7-7.
On Tuesday, the Pios go to Newberg for a crucial 8 p.m. game against George Fox.