Nov 18, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Portland Pilots guard Bryce Pressley (1) shoots the ball around Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) during the first half at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
After falling to the Bobcats in the past two seasons, the Portland Pilots took out their anger with a 87 to 60 drubbing of Montana State tonight.
The Pilots and Bobcats were tied 14-14 at the under-12 media timeout, but the Pilots busted the game wide open by going on a 36-15 run to end the half. The Pilots shot 56 percent from the field and 58 percent form 3-point range on their way to a 50-29 lead over MSU at halftime.
In total, Portland shot an impressive 55 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. Every single active player on the Pilots roster received playing time today, and nine players recorded 10 minutes or more in the blowout victory.
The Pilots were led by Bryce Pressley, who finished with 17 points. Thomas van der Mars, D’Marques Tyson and Volodymyr Gerun were all able to finish in double figures with 12, 11, and 10 points respectively. Alec Wintering was phenomenal today as a passer, notching 11 assists. Jason Todd led the Pilots on the glass with eight rebounds off the bench.
Danny Robison dropped 24 points to lead all scorers for Montana State, while Terrell Brown finished with 11. Robison also led the team on the glass with seven boards while Marcus Colbert and Joey Frenchwood led MSU with three assists a piece.
The Pilots, who lost three of their last five games going into this game, were in need for a performance like this as conference play quickly approaches. The Pilots are a trendy pick to give the traditional top teams of the WCC some trouble during league play.