Portland St. 96
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Portland State scored 60 points and shot 72 percent in the second half as it beat Montana State 96-71 in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Tournament Saturday in Portland.
The Vikings advance to the conference semifinals on Tuesday at Weber State in Ogden, Utah.
Deonte Huff, Paul Hafford and Dupree Lucas each scored 18 point for Portland State (19-12). Juma Kamara added 17 points and a team-high 11 rebounds for the Vikings.
Carlos Taylor led Montana State (11-19) with 23 points and Ted Morris had 17 points for the Bobcats.
After trailing 37-36 at halftime, Portland State opened the second half with a 12-4 run that was punctuated by Morrison with an electrifying block on the defensive end and then a short jump hook that gave PSU a 48-41 advantage with 16:55 left to play.
The Vikings offense stayed red hot and put the game out of reach with a 19-4 run that extended their lead to 74-53 with 6:53 left in the game. The Bobcats never challenged after that and wound up being outscored 60-34 in the second half.
The Vikings shot 62 percent on the night and hit 9-of-16 from beyond the 3-point arc. Montana State, after shooting 54 percent in the first half, shot 42 percent in the second half.
Portland State jumped out to a quick 20-7 lead when Huff capped a 14-2 run with a rebound follow up with 12:23 left in the first half. Montana State managed to battle back and closed the gap to 30-29 with 5:46 remaining in the half after Taylor came off the bench and scored nine points during a 22-10 run for the Bobcats.
MSU caught the Vikings with two minutes left in the half when Nick Dissly hit a short jumper to knot the score at 33-33, and then took their first lead of the game at 37-36 when Taylor hit a short jumper right before halftime.