Portland State hits 17 3s in 93-81 victory
MALIBU, Calif. (AP)—Phil Nelson led a barrage from beyond the arc with career highs of 28 points and eight 3-pointers as Portland State defeated Pepperdine 93-81 Sunday.
The Vikings (5-4) made 17 3s, one shy of the school record, and connected on 51.5 percent of their attempts.
Pepperdine (3-8) had five players score in double-figures, led by Keion Bell and Lorne Jackson, who had 16 apiece.
Melvin Jones made five 3s for Portland State and finished with 17 points.
The Vikings were up 67-62 with less than nine minutes to play but went on a 12-0 run to put the game away.
Nelson hit four 3s in the first nine minutes of the game as Portland State jumped out to a 27-15 lead. The Vikings led 43-38 at halftime, but Pepperdine quickly tied it by scoring the first five points of the second half.