TUESDAY COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP/Portland State holds off Sacramento State charge, moves into Big Sky tournament quarterfinal


Portland State 71, Sacramento State 67

• The Vikings got revenge against a conference foe with a big first half and close second half in the final game of the Big Sky tournament first round in Reno, Nevada.

Portland State (20-12) moved into the quarterfinals and will face third seed Eastern Washington (18-13) at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Sac State finished the season at 7-25.

It was PSU's first win in three tries against the Hornets this season. Sacramento State beat the Vikings during the regular season 80-75 and 71-61.

This one was clearly in PSU's favor in the first half, with the Vikings in the lead, 40-25, through 20 minutes. Sacramento State shot 26.1 percent from the field in the half, while the Viks hit at a 46.4-percent clip.

The Hornets rallied in the second half and pulled to within two points with 7:55 remaining, 58-57 with five minutes to go and 60-59 with 3:56 left.

The Hornets hit a 3 to get within 67-64 with 49 seconds to play. PSU missed two shots but drew a foul, and Holland Woods made two free throws with 17 seconds remaining for a 69-64 edge.

Another Sac State 3 made the score 69-67 with four seconds left.

After a quick foul, Woods sank two fouls shots again, and the Hornets missed a final 3.

For PSU, Woods had 18 points, Bryce Canda 16 and Deante Strickland 13. Canda had a team-high eight rebounds.

In other Tuesday first-round games: No. 5 Northern Colorado defeated No. 12 Northern Arizona, 82-59; No. 10 Southern Utah knocked off No. 7 Idaho State, 76-68; and No. 8 North Dakota ousted No. 9 Montana State, 76-74.

The other quarterfinal matchups for Thursday: No. 1 Montana vs. North Dakota, noon; No. 4 Weber State vs. Northern Colorado, 2:30 p.m.; and No. 2 Idaho vs. Southern Utah, 5:30 p.m.

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