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Portland St. 71, E. Washington 67

January 26, 1997

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Brian Towne and Mike Vanderhoff scored 17 points apiece to lead Portland State to a 71-67 win over Eastern Washington Saturday as the Vikings captured their second Big Sky Conference win.

Vanderhoff, the freshman from Medford, scored eight key points in the final seven minutes, and Towne had 13 of his total in the first half to help the Vikings (4-13, 2-6) to a 36-33 halftime lead.

Karim Scott scored a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles (6-12, 2-6) and Jon Berger came off the bench for 14 points.

Eastern Washington made a 9-0 run early in the second half with Kevin Lewis giving the Eagles a 49-43 lead at the 13:03 mark.

A Vanderhoff layup at 9:37 ended an 8-0 run that put the Vikings back on top 51-49.

Travis King connected on a 3-point basket to forge Eastern ahead 52-51 before a Vanderhoff 3-pointer put Portland State ahead to stay, 54-52 with seven minutes left.

Vanderhoff’s layup with 2:18 left kept the Vikings ahead 64-59, and a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:42 remaining all but did the Eagles in.

Jamaal Sanford had 12 points, seven of those in the first half and a team high 10 rebounds for the Vikings, as all starters were in double figures including Derek Nesland and Hasan Artharee added 10 points apiece.

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