Saint Mary’s 73, Portland 57
MORAGA, Calif. (AP)—Omar Samhan and Wayne Hunter each scored 12 points to lead Saint Mary’s to a 73-57 West Coast Conference victory over Portland Saturday.
Samhan, Hunter and Blake Sholberg scored consecutive baskets after Portland (6-13, 2-1) had closed within seven points, and Saint Mary’s (9-9, 1-1) led by double digits the rest of the way.
Saint Mary’s led by 16 at the half, but Portland cut the lead to 49-42 after Jamie Jones scored six straight points.
Samhan scored from inside, then Hunter scored on a 3-on-1 fast break and Sholberg completed the mini run with a jumper.
The Saint Mary’s victory snapped a three-game winning streak for Portland.
Saint Mary’s never trailed and went on a 10-0 run midway through the first half with Tron Smith hitting a 3-pointer and another basket to build the Gaels’ lead to 12. Saint Mary’s held Portland to 32 percent shooting in building a 16-point halftime lead.
John Winston added 10 points and five assists, including the pass that set up Hunter during the Gaels’ mini-run.
Saint Mary’s defense limited Portland to 30.4 percent shooting for the game as the Pilots hit only 17 of 56 shots. The Gaels limited Portland’s leading scorer Darren Cooper to 1-for-10 from the floor, but Cooper went 10-for-10 from the free throw line to finish with 12. Jones and Chris Jackson also scored 12.
Saint Mary’s used its depth, outscoring Portland 40-20 off the bench. The Pilots were without Ben Sullivan, who had started 10 games but had to sit out a one-game suspension.