Portland cruises past Southern Utah 86-57
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)
After missing his first two shots, van der Mars hit four in a row as Portland (5-3) jumped to a 16-5 lead and never trailed. Van der Mars made a layup to start the second half, and did not take a shot from the field the rest of the way. He went 5 of 8 from the line in the second half to cap his scoring.
Ryan Nicholas, who leads Portland in scoring and rebounding, had just six points but had a game-high nine rebounds. Kevin Bailey scored 16 points and Volodymyr Gerun added a career-best 12 points.
Trey Kennedy scored 12 points and Juwan Major added 10 to lead Southern Utah (1-4). The Thunderbirds have a four-game losing streak.