Saturday night concluded the regular season of the Portland State Vikings men’s basketball team. It was the last home game ever for PSU seniors Donivine Stewart, Cameron Forte, and Collin Spickerman.
The Vikings squared off against the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds in a hard-fought showdown to a narrow 88-86 victory. The Vikings extended their winning streak to three, frustrating the Thunderbirds’ efforts to rally after a Thursday night loss against Sacramento State.
The Vikings got things rolling right away in the first half. They brought a consistent offense and had no issue putting points up on the board. PSU held their lead over the Thunderbirds. But Southern Utah bounced back to slow the down the Viks’ push, closing the margin to tie the game before half time. The first half ended in a dead heat at 37-37.
Portland State came out of the first half with more momentum as they started to take control in the early minutes of the second half. Southern Utah quickly had an answer for the Vikings as they continued to fight and stay in the game.
The Thunderbirds tied the game once again, only this time they were able to take the lead momentarily. The second half was filled with back and forth action as both teams fought for control.
At the end, the Vikings sealed the deal to walk away with the final score of 88-86.
“Any win is a good win”, PSU head coach Tyler Geving said. “It’s nice to see the seniors go out with a win at home.”
Senior forward, Cameron Forte, finished his last home game with 25pts (11-17 FG), 5 reb, 2 ast, and 2 blk.
The Vikings head into the Big Sky tournament facing the Northern Colorado Bears on March 8 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, NV at 12:05 pm.