Portland 55, Saint Mary’s 47
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Ben Sullivan scored 15 points and Darren Cooper added 14 as Portland broke a four-game home losing streak with a 55-47 win over Saint Mary’s on Monday.
Sullivan gave Portland the lead for good with 6:43 left in the game, when he hit a difficult 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down. It was Portland’s only 3-pointer of the game, and it started a 15-6 closing run that gave the Pilots their biggest lead of the night when the buzzer sounded.
Portland (8-19, 4-7 West Coast Conference) shot 37 percent, but the Gaels (13-14, 5-6) had an even tougher night, hitting 28 percent from the floor and 55 percent from the line.
Diamon Simpson, Saint Mary’s leading scorer, missed all nine of his field-goal attempts and finished with six points and six turnovers.
Reserve guard Brett Collins led the Gaels with 16 points. Tron Smith added 11.
The Pilots finished with a season-low 10 turnovers, the first time this season they had fewer than their opponent.
The Gaels, contenders for the conference lead last month, have lost four straight. ^