Portland State defeats Southern California 76-68|
Nov. 16, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tiegbe Bamba scored 19 points and Portland State defeated Southern California 76-68 Saturday in the season opener for two teams that were meeting for the first time in 37 years.
Braxton Tucker added 16, and Tim Douglas and Bryce White had 14 each for the Vikings, who improved to 5-48 all-time against Pac-12 schools.
Jordan McLaughlin scored 19 points in his college debut for the Trojans, who briefly took a one-point lead in the second half but could never stretch it out.
UNLV transfer Katin Reinhardt added 11 points for the Trojans, who have no seniors and 11 freshmen or sophomores on the 14-man roster.
Charlotte transfer Darion Clark scored three of the Trojans' five straight points in a run that gave them their only lead of the second half, 48-47.
The Vikings answered with seven consecutive points that put them ahead 54-48. The closing stretch eventually saw the Vikings lead by as much as 12.
USC closed within one on a basket by Reinhardt with 7:16 to play. But the Vikings maintained their steady offense, going on a late 10-0 run in which Tucker and DaShaun Wiggins scored four points each.
The Vikings opened the game on a 19-12 run that produced a seven-point lead. The Trojans then outscored them 11-3, including a 3-pointer by McLaughlin, to take a 23-22 lead.
But Portland State ran off 13 unanswered points, with Douglas hitting two 3-pointers, as part of a 17-9 spurt that sent the Pilots into halftime leading 39-32.
The Trojans outshot the Vikings 53 percent to 39 percent.
USC hosts Tennessee Tech on Monday.