San Francisco 66, Portland 65
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Alan Wiggins Jr. had 24 points and San Francisco held off a furious second-half rally by Portland to earn a 66-65 victory Monday.
San Francisco (8-14, 4-3 West Coast Conference) seemed in control when Armondo Surratt hit a layup to give the Dons a 65-52 lead with 4:40 left.
But the Pilots (6-17, 2-5) closed with a 13-1 run, a stretch that included consecutive 3-pointers by seldom-used Parker Emerson.
Portland also got a pair of inside baskets by Jamie Jones, who led the Pilots with 16 points. His final basket cut San Francisco’s lead to 66-62 with 2:10 left. Sherrard Watson then picked up a steal and a dunk to cut the deficit to two with 1:33 remaining.
Portland had a chance to tie the game on its next possession but Taishi Ito missed the front end of a one-and-one. After a failed possession by each team, Ito got fouled again and had another chance to tie the game, this time with less than a second left.
Ito hit the first shot to trim the deficit to one. San Francisco then called time-out to ice the first-year guard and he responded by missing the game-tying shot. San Francisco’s Danny Cavic rebounded the miss as time expired.
San Francisco led 35-30 at halftime, hitting 54 percent of its shots as Wiggins was almost unstoppable inside. The Dons later used a 15-2 run, highlighted by three consecutive 3-pointers from Manny Quezada, to push their advantage to 57-43.
Emerson scored a career-high 14 points for the Pilots. Watson added 13.