Portland downs San Francisco with 3s

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—A hot streak from beyond the 3-point arc helped Portland beat San Francisco, 72-67, on Thursday night.

The Pilots, who lead the West Coast Conference and are fourth in the nation in 3-point shooting, trailed by six points early in the second half before hitting five consecutive shots from beyond the arc. It was part of a 23-6 run that gave the Pilots an 11-point lead.

Portland (16-8, 7-2 in the WCC) hit 11 of 18 from 3-point range in the game. It was the fourth time this season, and third time in four games, that the Pilots have made more than 50 percent of their 3-pointers.

Jared Stohl led Portland with 16 points, including 4-for-5 shooting from 3-point range. T.J. Campbell scored 15, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers. Portland won for the seventh time in eight games, getting back in the win column following a loss to conference-leading Gonzaga.

USF (9-16, 1-9) got 24 points from Dior Lowhorn, the conference’s leading scorer. The Dons have lost nine of their past 10 games.

The Dons took a shot at an upset, overcoming an early 21-8 deficit with their own run of hot shooting. Lowhorn scored 12 first-half points and the first four points of the second half to give USF a 33-27 lead.

Sparked by its 3-point shooting, Portland then went on a run to take a comfortable lead. The Dons did not get closer than five the rest of the game.

Before the game, USF coach Rex Walters announced the indefinite suspensions of four players, including two starters, for “not complying with his instructions during practice,” according to a release issued by the school.

Senior guard Manny Quezada and junior center Hyman Taylor, who had each been starting recently for the Dons, were suspended, along with senior center James Morgan and freshman guard Chioke Walker. The Dons dressed only eight players for the game.

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