MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- Six-foot-11 sophomore Scott Morrison made
15 points, including a pair of free throws with 4.6 seconds
remaining, to help Portland State hold off a late Idaho rally and
defeat the Vandals 61-59 in a nonconference game Saturday night.
Josh Neeley chipped in 12 points for the Vikings, who improved
to 3-6. Idaho, which received a game-high 24 points from senior
guard Tanoris Shepard, drops to 1-6.The game got off to a particularly slow start. Neither team
scored until Portland State's Keith Sconiers converted a shot at
the 16:40 mark. Idaho didn't get on the board for another 2:22,
when a Brett Ledbetter 3-pointer made it 4-3.Portland State picked up the pace, outscoring Idaho 17-6 to go
ahead 21-9 with 5:05 to play in the half. The Vandals had closed
the deficit to 29-23 at halftime.The Vikings made it 48-36 after a three-point play by Anthony
Washington with 7:50 to play. Idaho closed the gap to 52-51 on a
short jumper by Keoni Watson with 1:53 remaining.After Juma Kamara scored for Portland State, Idaho stayed at
least three points behind until the final seconds, when Shepard
made a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 0.5 seconds left.