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Smaller than normal student section for Gonzaga game in Portland’s Chiles Center

File–Gonzaga guard Jordan Mathews dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Portland in Portland, Ore., Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (Steve Dykes / Associated Press)
File–Gonzaga guard Jordan Mathews dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Portland in Portland, Ore., Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (Steve Dykes / Associated Press)

PORTLAND – The Jan. 7 postponement of the Gonzaga at Portland game meant the Pilots had to do some scrambling with their student section for Monday’s rescheduled game, an 83-64 Gonzaga win.

School wasn’t in session for the Jan. 7 game, but 150 students, presumably from the Portland area, pre-reserved tickets. Another 100 student tickets were dedicated to a young alumni event.

The rest of the student tickets, which typically reaches 1,000 for the Gonzaga game, were sold to the public. Tickets purchased for the Jan. 7 game were honored for the rescheduled contest.

Students returned to school in mid January. The alumni event returned its 150 tickets, which went to students on a waiting list. Portland officials anticipated accommodating about 300 students Monday.

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