EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Ken Bone had a feeling the Oregon Ducks
might be vulnerable.
"I feel sorry for them," the Portland State coach said after
his team pulled out the 54-52 upset at McArthur Court Tuesday
night. "Oregon's staff does a great job. They just haven't been
able to find themselves lately."
Scott Morrison had 15 points and six rebounds and Portland State
made 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to pull out the win.
Juma Kumara added nine points and eight boards for the Vikings,
who have won four in a row.
The Ducks, who started the season 4-0, have lost six of their
last eight heading into this weekend's Pacific-10 Conference opener
against Oregon State.
The lethargic play and poor shooting that has characterized the
team in losses to Georgetown, Illinois, New Mexico and the
University of Portland continued, and the absence of leading scorer
Malik Hairston -- sitting with a sprained toe -- compounded the
The Ducks shot 36 percent from the field and missed 20 of their
24 3-point attempts.
"When it comes down to it, it seems like we are putting too
much pressure on ourselves," Oregon guard Bryce Taylor said after
a 4-of-11 shooting night. "As a shooter, you have to stay
confident. It's all mental when it comes to our shooting."
Portland State (6-6) didn't fare much better than Oregon from
long range, going 2-of-17 on 3s. The Vikings, however, made fewer
mistakes in the second half and made free throws when it counted.
The defending Big Sky champs have seven junior college transfers
and are rebuilding under Bone after six seniors graduated and
former coach Heath Schroyer left to become an assistant at Fresno
With a nonconference schedule that included No. 6 Gonzaga and
No. 23 Iowa State, as well as Arkansas and the Ducks, the Vikings
are happy to be .500 at this point of the season.
"Coming in to tonight, We've beaten the teams I thought we
should and we've lost to better teams than us," Bone said. "Now,
I think we got one from a team better than us."
The Vikings had success early going down low -- Morrison scored
eight of the Vikings' first 16 points as Portland State went up
The Vikings led 26-24 at half after Kumara's buzzer-beating
The Ducks opened the half on a 17-8 run, and led by eight points
with 13 minutes to go.
But Portland State got back in the game, and Ryan Sommer's
15-foot jumper tied the score with 6:38 left. Jake Schroeder made
two free throws with 43.2 seconds left to give the Vikings a 53-51
lead. Maarty Leunen hit one free throw for the Ducks, and Jake
Schroeder made one for the Vikings. That left Oregon with one more
play, but with Portland State switching to zone, Brandon Lincoln
missed a 20-footer from the left side.
Taylor said he couldn't blame Oregon fans who might be growing
impatient with the team.
"They should be disappointed in us; we're disappointed in us,"
he said. "We hope they stay with us -- and we hope we can play
better than we've been."