November 14, 2009 in Sports

EWU men lose basketball opener

Associated Press

CHENEY — Nik Raivio scored 16 points and Luke Sikma added 13 points and 14 rebounds, helping Portland hold off Eastern Washington 64-58 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

T.J. Campbell scored 15 points for the balanced Pilots to help offset Benny Valentine’s 20 points for the cold-shooting Eagles.

A driving basket by Raivio with a little more than five minutes left in the game gave Portland a 51-39 lead, its biggest margin since an early 17-5 edge. But the Eagles battled back, closing to within 58-52 on a three-point play by Kevin Winford with 1:56 left.

Portland answered with a floater by Sikma to push the lead to 60-52 and closed it out by hitting four of six foul shots in the final 45 seconds.

Brandon Moore added 14 points for Eastern Washington, which hit just 1 of 9 from the floor and trailed 12-2 to start the game.

© Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Get stories like this in a free daily email

Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus