Defenses spark great night for Oregon basketball

PSU forces 26 turnovers in win; Oregon, OSU also win Thursday
By Cliff Pfenning,
Kyle Greeley glides to the basket that helped PSU's bench outscore Idaho's 41-21 Thursday.
Photo by Megan Connelly, PSU athletics.

Thursday was a prettey good night for men's basketball in Oregon, sparked by a stellar defensive effort from Portland State.

The Vikings, mired in the depths of the Big Sky Conference just two weeks ago, won for the fifth time in six games with an 84-64 win over Idaho at Viking Pavilion. PSU forced a season-high 26 turnovers, and outscored the Vandals 41-21 off the bench to move up to seventh in the conference standings with five games left on the regular-season schedule.

Senior James Scott scored 14 points to go with seven assists, and freshman Paris Dawson hit three of five 3-point attempts and finished with 12 points to lead PSU, which improved to 7-9 overall, 4-5 in Big Sky games.

"Our success right now is predicated on the fact that the guys are finally getting comfortable playing together after the calendar we inherited early on," PSU coach Barret Peery said afterward.

The Vikings had four of their first six conference games cancelled due to Covid-19 issues.

Oregon and Oregon State also won at home Thursday. The Ducks beat Colorado 60-56, and Oregon State beat Utah 74-56.

The University of Portland closes out its home schedule Saturday against Pacific.