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Evergreen Can't Pull Upset, Loses To Portland 101-77

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Senior guard Nik Raivio scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Portland Pilots to a 101-77 win over the Evergreen State College Geoducks Wednesday afternoon at the Chiles Center. Junior center Kramer Knutson also had a double double with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds as Portland eclipsed 100 points for the first time since opening the 1998-99 season with a 102-52 win over Patten.

Portland (8-5) scored 62 second-half points to extend a 10-point halftime lead as five total Pilots reached double figures. Seniors T.J. Campbell and Robin Smeulders score 16 and 14, respectively, while junior guard Jared Stohl added 10 off the bench.

Senior Nathan Menefee led the NAIA Geoducks (11-5) with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Josh Troyer alse reached double figures with 14 points.

Evergreen State cut the deficit to 43-41 early in the second period with four consecutive three-pointers, but the Pilots went on a 22-3 run over the next four minutes to put the game out of reach.

The Geoducks went 13-for-30 from the three-point line, but Portland owned the paint with a 46-20 scoring margin. Portland also had a 17-8 edge in points off of turnovers, 12-2 advantage in second chance points and 15-5 margin in fast break points.

The Pilots shot 50 percent from the field and made 24-of-30 free throws, while Evergreen State finished at 44 percent from the floor and 10-for-14 at the foul line.

"I was very happy with the effort today," Portland head coach Eric Reveno said. "We need guys to do what they can do and stay consistent as we continue to develop our identity entering conference play."

The Pilots committed only nine turnovers in the fast-paced game, while forcing 15.

Evergreen will return to action on Friday, January 8th as they face Southern Oregon University in Olympia at 7:30p.m.

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