Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Portland State Wins A Thriller Over Seattle

Without about a 1:30 to play, Seattle was up over Portland State 65-58 and looked like they would score a nice road victory. However, the Vikings had something to say about that.

The Vikings scored the last 8 points of the game to win 66-65, improving their record to 1-1 and getting a nice regional victory. They did not shoot the ball particularly well, but they stayed in the game with their defense (something they haven't been able to say a lot over the past couple seasons), and made enough plays at the end of the game.

Two plays stick out most. First, with the Vikings down 65-64, Seattle had the ball with 45 seconds left. Charles Odum, who the led the team in scoring with 17 points, made a great defensive play to knock the ball out of bounds. With their next possession, Portland State got the ball to their best player Chehales Tapscott, who went to work in the post. He made a nice move inside, and simply muscled the ball in with a bit of an acrobatic shot to put the Vikings ahead. Seattle got a desperation three at the buzzer, but it hit the rim and fell off, securing the comeback win.

Tapscott did not have a great game, as he finished just 4/12 (and missed a key FT down the stretch), but he made the big play when it mattered. The Vikings still have some issues... including the poor play of JUCO PG Lateef McMullan (5 points, 3 assists, 7 turnovers), and their lack of depth, but for one night they can go to bed happy after a nice comeback win at home.

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