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Pilots pull away from Vandals in 2nd half

| November 21, 2010 8:00 PM

MOSCOW - Idaho gave up an early second-half scoring run for the second game in a row and suffered the consequences in a 66-53 nonconference men's basketball loss on Saturday against Portland.

Idaho (1-2) shot 32.7 percent from the field, while Portland (4-1) hit a 41.4 percent clip, including an 8-of-14 (.571) performance from 3-point range.

"It's our first home loss at Memorial Gym since I've been here, so it's a tough one to swallow," Idaho coach Don Verlin said. The Vandals were 9-0 at Memorial Gym under Verlin entering Saturday's matchup.

After a pair of Landon Tatum free throws pulled Idaho within eight points at 43-35 with 14:04 remaining in the game, Portland responded by rattling off nine unanswered points over the next two minutes to put the Vandals in a 17-point hole at 52-35 with 12:17 remaining.

Senior and former North Idaho College guard Shawn Henderson led Idaho with 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting, with a 5-for-6 day at the free throw line, three rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Idaho travels to Montana on Monday.

PORTLAND (4-1)

Waterford 3-6 3-4 10, Stohl 5-9 2-2 16, Mitrovic 5-10 2-4 15, Sikma 4-10 0-1 8, Knutson 2-7 2-3 6, Riley 2-8 0-0 4, Douglas 0-4 0-1 0, Barker 1-1 1-2 3, Rodgers 2-3 0-1 4, Nicholas 0-0 0-0 0, Hannibal 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-58 10-18 66.

IDAHO (1-2)

Henderson 3-10 5-6 11, Wiley 2-4 1-2 5, Toledo 3-7 4-4 10, Geiger 2-7 0-0 6, Barone 0-5 4-6 4, Ledbetter 2-7 0-0 6, Tatum 2-4 3-3 7, Bandoumel 1-3 0-0 2, Madison 1-2 0-2 2, Kammerer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-49 17-23 53.

Halftime_Portland 26-23. 3-Point Goals_Portland 8-14 (Stohl 4-5, Mitrovic 3-5, Waterford 1-2, Riley 0-2), Idaho 4-14 (Geiger 2-6, Ledbetter 2-6, Henderson 0-1, Madison 0-1). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Portland 37 (Sikma 18), Idaho 36 (Toledo 10). Assists_Portland 10 (Knutson, Sikma, Waterford 2), Idaho 7 (Henderson 3). Total Fouls_Portland 18, Idaho 19. A_598.

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