MEN'S BASKETBALL: Hot-shooting Portland upends North Dakota
PORTLAND, Ore., — Hot-shooting Portland downed UND 90-69 on Saturday night in the Chiles Center. The loss dropped UND to 5-5 on the season while the Pilots of the West Coast Conference improved to 7-4.
Portland shot 57 percent for the game and was shooting over 60 percent until the final 6:30 of the game.
Five Pilots finished in double figures, led by Tyler Robertson and Kristian Sjolund with 18 points apiece.
Mitchell Sueker paced the Fighting Hawks with 15 points, while A'Jahni Levias and B.J. Omot also were in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Portland won the inside game holding advantages in points in the paint (52-34) and rebounds (37-28).
North Dakota hit 41.3 percent of its shots, added 10 triples and went 8-for-12 at the charity stripe. UND's bench outscored the UP reserves by a 39-37 margin.
The Fighting Hawks led 20-19 midway through the first half after a layup from Brady Danielson. After that point, North Dakota went over five minutes without a field goal and Portland went on a 10-0 run to build a 29-20 lead. Following two makes at the line from Omot, the Pilots went on another 7-0 run to lead 36-22 late in the half. At intermission, North Dakota trailed 44-30.
North Dakota will conclude its three-game road trip on Tuesday against Idaho.