SIUE Men Fall To Portland State

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Published on November 25 2013 5:43 pm
Last Updated on November 25 2013 5:43 pm
Written by Millie Lange

PORTLAND, Ore. – SIUE men's basketball saw a halftime lead disappear for the second time in as many nights, falling at Portland State 77-74 Saturday in the team's second game at the Portland State Tournament.

SIUE drops to 1-4 with the loss. Portland State improved to 3-1.

"In the second half we just didn't have the defensive intensity that we had in the first half," SIUE Head Coach Lennox Forrester said. "I thought the guys played pretty good in the first half."

The Cougars led for the first 33:27 of the game, and held a 43-33 edge at halftime thanks to a Ray Lester dunk as time expired.

Tim Johnson scored 17 points to lead three SIUE players in double figures. Donivine Stewart scored 16 points while Keaton Jackson added 11. Stewart and Jackson shared the rebounding lead with four apiece. Stewart also finished with a team-high five assists, and the team registered 19 assists for the game.

"On offense our guys are doing good things," Forrester added. "We had more assists than turnovers tonight."