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Oregon St. Visits Portland

Gary Payton II leads the Beavers onto the bluff in North Portland tonight to take on the Pilots.
Gary Payton II leads the Beavers onto the bluff in North Portland tonight to take on the Pilots.

Oregon St. (4-2) at Portland (6-1) / Chiles Center, Portland, OR / 7 PM PST / Stream / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM

Game Notes / Portland Game Notes

Oregon St. makes the trip up I-5 to Portland tonight to take on Portland, of the West Coast Conference, for the 59th meeting in the intra-state series.

The Beavers bounced back from a 2 game losing streak last week in Las Vegas, with a dominating 74-50 win over Mississippi Valley St. Tuesday night, led by Gary Payton IIs 24 point, 16 rebound double double, which was supplemented by 4 steals, 2 assists, and 2 blocked shots.

Payton II leads Oregon St. in scoring, rebounding, steals, and blocked shots.

The Pilots also won Tuesday night, downing cross town rival Portland St. 83-71, led by Alex Wintering, who had a game and career high 27 points, including 11 of 13 free throw shooting. Thomas van der Mars added a 19 point and game high 14 rebound double double. van der Mars is Portland's leading rebounder, averaging 11.9 per game.

Portland played most of the game without leading scorer Kevin Bailey, who still averages 13.1 points per game despite taking a 0 against the Vikings. Bailey, who left late in the first half with a foot injury and did not return, is not expected to be available for tonight's game.

The win has Portland off to their best start since 1905-96, when they also made their last trip to the NCAA Tournament.

It's the first trip to the Chiles Center for the Beavers in 9 years, since a 76-62 win by the Pilots in December of 2005. Overall, Oregon St. leads the series 52-16, including last year's 79-73 win on Nov. 13 at Gill Coliseum, in the first meeting with Portland in 6 years. But the Pilots have won 4 of the 6 games at the Chiles Center.

Roberto Nelson led the way last year, with a game high 24 points, and Angus Brandt (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Devon Collier (11 points, 11 rebounds) both added double-doubles.

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