I guess Portland needed just a little more magic to make it a two-game home sweep. It was questionable not counting Wintering’s lay-up at the end of the game, which would have been an and-one, but to say that it cost Portland a chance, that’s incorrect. The Pilots had many opportunities over the last 10 minutes but the offense just wasn’t there today.
Truly a game of two halves both teams scored more than 40 in the first half, and less than 25 in the second.
A bright spot for Portland was Riley Barker, and with van der Mars not seeing nearly as many minutes due to a calf injury (that is what the broadcast was saying). Still Portland looked flat from the offensive end all night. Only two Pilots scored in double figures (Bailey and Barker).
Again, a missed opportunity for Portland, but at this point in the season, Portland is looking for opportunities to improve. Portland is now halfway through the WCC season and the next 9 games will be more difficult than the first 9 as only LMU and Pepperdine will make the trip to the Chiles Center. Portland needs to rebound from this emotional week and focus on the next road trip to San Fransisco and Santa Clara, a very sweepable road trip