PORTLAND – Thomas van Der Mars scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Portland past Idaho 88-74 on Thursday night.
Van Der Mars notched his third career double-double and first of the season as he led the Pilots (2-2), who had five players reach double figures. Alec Wintering added 14 points, most coming from the foul line on 10-of-11 free-throw shooting, Ryan Nicholas had 12, and Riley Barker and Bryce Pressley 10 each.
Idaho was whistled for 25 fouls to 18 for Portland, and the Pilots converted 31 of 38 free throws. The Vandals were 15 of 21 at the line.
“That’s what happens when you play on the road,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said. “The way they’re calling this game, we kept stressing to our guys to be aggressive and create turnovers, but then we foul.”
Stephen Madison scored his 1,000th career point, on his way to a game-high 19, for Idaho (2-2). He is the 14th 1,000-point scorer in school history.
Barker was a defensive force in a 3:30 span of the first half, blocking four shots, grabbing three defensive rebounds and making a steal.
The game is part of a round-robin Coaches versus Cancer Tournament with Columbia and North Texas.