San Jose, CA - Juma Kamara's big second half combined with the overall excellence of Scott Morrison led the Portland State Vikings to a 72-63 non-conference win at San Jose State.
Kamara hit four three-pointers in the second half and scored all 15 of his points after intermission. Morrison posted a season-high 19 points on 9-12 shooting. He had nine rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals in a career-high 36 minutes.
Portland State raised its record to 7-3 on the season, winning its third straight game and sixth in the last seven. San Jose State dropped to 1-8 on the season.
It was a seesaw affair through the first half. The Vikings jumped to a quick 15-7 lead on a Dupree Lucas layup with 14:26 to go in the first half. But San Jose State rallied, going on a 15-3 run to take a 22-18 lead at the 7:49 mark.
PSU regained the lead and took a 30-28 advantage into halftime. The Vikings shot just 36% from the field and were outrebounded 27-19 in the half, but used 14 Spartan turnovers to maintain the lead.
The Vikings went down six early in the second half, but bounced back to go ahead by eight at the 8:40 mark and held the lead the rest of the way. The Vikings made 16-26 from the field in the second half for a .615 mark.
Deonte Huff also had a big game for the Vikings, scoring 12 points with nine rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Portland State ended up shooting 46% for the game, but poor three-point shooting continued. Going into the game, the Vikings were hitting only .284 from long range. PSU managed only 5-20 against the Spartans.
Tim Pierce hit four three-point field goals and had a team-high 17 points for San Jose State.
- Portland St Media Relations -