Portland, Oregon---The Portland State Vikings needed a win badly on Thursday night and they got it, playing one of their best games of the year in defeating the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 90-69.
The game was not always pretty, as between the two teams they committed 50 fouls. Portland State was led in scoring by Michael Harthun with 19 points and Renado Parker, who played his best game of the year, scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Southern Utah's was led in scoring by Jackson Stevenett and his game high, 26 points.
With the win, Portland State snapped their eight game conference losing streak, moving their conference record to 4-11 and 6-16 overall. The Thunderbirds came into the game winning five out of their last six, but were completely dominated by the Vikings most of the game. The two teams last met on January 24, at SUU, a game that the Thunderbirds easily won, 76-63.
Portland State is next in action on President's Day, Monday, February 18th, when they host arch-rival Eastern Washington, 7:35 tip.
Craw's Notes---It was a fun night in the Stott Center, despite an attendance of only 724 fans, half capacity of the Stott Center. Valentine's Day was handled well, lots of good decorations, chocolate covered strawberries for everyone and some great cello music....The game also had some of the best halftime entertainment all year with many young unicyclists from the Vancouver, Washington area performing...It was also good to see some nice minutes by for the Vikings from Michael Harvey, who scored 13 points, including 9 of 10 at the free throw line, also getting four rebounds in just 16 minutes of play.
Craw's MVP---My choice of MVP has to go to Renado Parker. Perhaps his best game of the year, not only in scoring and rebounding, but he avoided turning the ball over as well, with only two for the night. Renado, congrats on a fine game.