Portland 55, Saint Mary’s 47

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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. ^

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5-8,  16 Pts
2 Rebs, 1 Assists
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3-8,  14 Pts
3 Rebs, 2 Assists

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