SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Travis Niesen scored a career-high 35
points in helping Santa Clara snap a five-game losing streak with a
76-63 victory over Portland on Saturday.
Doron Perkins added 12 points as the Broncos (8-9, 1-1 West
Coast) defeated their first Division I team in 10 games. Their only
other win during that span came against Division II opponent Chico
Darren Cooper scored 16 points to lead the Pilots (11-6, 0-2
West Coast), who have lost 18 of their last 19 games in Santa
Clara. Portland lost its second straight overall after winning
seven of nine. Karl Aaker had 11 points.
The game was delayed several minutes as trainers attended to
Marcus Lewis, who suffered an apparent ankle injury with 2:22
remaining to play. Lewis, who was helped off the court, led the
Pilots with 10 rebounds to go with nine points.
Santa Clara raced to a 21-2 lead in the first eight minutes and
led by at least 11 points the rest of the way.
Portland was held without a field goal until Dreshawn Vance sank
a short jumper with 12:21 left in the half. The Pilots shot 28
Niesen scored 14 of the Broncos' first 26 points and Santa Clara
went into the intermission with a 42-29 edge.