Ahmad Starks made 5 of 6 three pointers, and had 4 assists, 3 steals, and 3 rebounds, in Oregon St.'s 21 point win over Howard University. Another similar performance against Portland St. would be very helpful for the Beavers. (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)
Portland St. (6-4) at Oregon St. (8-2) at 7 PM at Gill Coliseum / ROOT Sports Northwest / KEJO 1240 AM / KPAM 860 (Streamed)
The Portland St. Vikings from the Big Sky Conference, fresh off a 91-87 home win over Cal-St. Bakersfield Thursday night, come down I-5 to visit Oregon St. It's the first time in 9 years the teams have met, and the last game of the current 5 game home stand for the Beavers.
The Vikings had 4 of 5 starters in double digits in the win over the Roadrunners, but it was 6'3" junior guard Michael Harthun who came of the bench to hit 9 of 11 shots, and put up a game high 22 points, that lead Portland St.
The Beavers had 3 players hit the 20 point mark in their 93-74 win Thursday night at Gill over the Howard Bison. Ahmad Starks posted a game high 22 points, followed by Angus Brandt with 21, and Roberto Nelson, with 20.
Last Monday, Portland St. made a slightly longer trip down I-5 to visit Oregon, and the Ducks had all they wanted from the Vikings before pulling out a 79-70 win.
The Vikings have 6'10" senior center Nate Lozeau in the middle, but otherwise are a smaller team that Oregon St. should have a size advantage over everywhere except for Starks. Portland St. does average 77 points per game despite shooting slightly less than 25% on their 3 pointers for the season.
6'0" senior guard Charles Odom averages over 17 points per game for Portland St., and 6'5" senior forward Chehales Tapscott averages nearly a double double, averaging 13.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Both average over 10 minutes per night.
Gary Winston tweaked his knee in practice late in the week, so Harthun will return to the starting lineup against Oregon St.
Despite their proximity, the teams have only met 11 times in history, with Oregon St. having won every time.
If you have had a full weekend of football and Christmas preparations, and are watching tonight's game on ROOT instead of making your way to Gill, here's the place to reflect on the best pre-conference season Oregon St. has had in 14 years, analyze how the meeting of the neighborhood rivals is going, and look ahead to the Pac-12 season.