Portland, Oregon---The Portland State Vikings used a potent offense for the second straight game to defeat Big Sky opponent, Eastern Washington, 89-80, in a well played game at the Stott Center on Monday night.
Coming off a 90 point outburst last Thursday night against Southern Utah, the Vikings did not let up one bit and controlled the game against the Eagles most of the way, leading at halftime by a score of 43-31.
"When we did sputter on offense, we made some good defensive stops," said Tyler Geving, Portland State coach. "Our guys are playing hard and we want to finish the season on high note and build for next year."
Renado Parker had his second impressive game in a row, leading the Vikings in scoring with a career high of 20 points. Eastern Washington was led in scoring by Tyler Harvey, who came off the bench to score 25 points, a season high for him.
The loss drops the Eagles to 6-10 in Big Sky play, 8-18 overall. Portland State improves its Big Sky record to 5-11 and 7-16 on the season. Portland State plays next on Saturday in a non-conference bracketbuster game against UC Riverside, 1:05 pm start.
Craw's Notes---Portland State is now 7-4 at home, where they have played for the most part very good, road games are a different story.....It was only fitting on President's Day that a Nixon, officiated the game, nicely called by veteran west coast official, Greg Nixon....Another sparse crowd at the Stott Center, a little over half, as 810 fans made their way to Stott Center on a National Holiday....Michael Harthun continued his hot shooting with 5-6 night from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line for the Viks.....Not sure how all college basketball teams could honor Presidents, when they play on President's Day, but everyone could do a better job.....It was great to catch up with former very good NBA player Craig Ehlo, now an Eagles' assistant coach after the game. More on Ehlo later this week on CSNNW.com, with his thoughts on becoming a head coach, LeBron James, Michael Jordan and the fact he is still talked about all these years for guarding Jordan on the shot that propelled Jordan's career.
Craw's MVP---Going to have to give it to a member of the losing team. Martin Seiferth had a wonderful night for Eastern Washington and virtually kept the game from being runaway, with 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. He was impressive.