San Diego takes charge early in 78-61 victory over Portland

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SAN DIEGO (AP)—Brandon Johnson had 16 points and San Diego scored the first 14 points en route to a 78-61 win over Portland Saturday night.

San Diego (15-11, 8-1 West Coast Conference) won its seventh consecutive game, matching its best conference start since the 1986-87 team lost its first game, then won its final 12.

Luke Sikma scored 17 points for Portland (8-18, 2-8 WCC), which has lost five of six games. Jared Stohl finished with 14 points.

The Toreros hit six of their first nine shots, including all three of their 3-point attempts, to jump ahead 14-0 nearly five minutes into the game. Rob Jones scored eight of San Diego’s first 11 points and Johnson hit a pair of 3-pointers.

The Pilots missed all three shot attempts and committed five turnovers during the Toreros’ run.

San Diego shot 57.1 percent in the first half when it made 5-of-9 3-pointers and took a 37-22 halftime lead.

Jones and Trumaine Johnson each finished with 14 points for San Diego, which hosts co-conference leader Gonzaga on Monday night.

Brandon Johnson also had seven assists and four steals.

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Luke Sikma Luke Sikma
8-10,  17 Pts
6 Rebs, 1 Assists
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Brandon Johnson Brandon Johnson
6-9,  16 Pts
0 Rebs, 7 Assists

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