Portland St. capitalizes on NAU turnovers to sink Lumberjacks

PORTLAND, Ore. — De’Sean Parsons and Calaen Robinson scored 16 points apiece and Portland State beat Northern Arizona 84-72 on Saturday night.

Portland State (14-13, 7-9 Big Sky) has won two straight since snapping a three-game losing skid. Northern Arizona (8-21, 5-11) has lost three of its last four.

Parsons was 6 of 14 from the floor and had a game-high seven rebounds. Robinson made three 3-pointers and Traylin Farris added 14 points for the Vikings.

Jordyn Martin and JoJo Anderson each scored 13 points to lead Northern Arizona, which committed 23turnovers to 12 for Portland State.

“We came out-executed for the first 10 minutes of the game,” NAU coach Jack Murphy said. “We really attacked the paint. It was nice to see us come out like that for back-to-back games on the road. In the middle 20 minutes of the game, we just were not there. It was not our best basketball and we played Portland State’s game. We can’t do that.”

The game was tied at 29 with six minutes left in the first half before Portland State closed on a 17-5 run for a 46-34 halftime advantage. The surge continued with a 25-13 run to open the second half and the Vikings had a 71-47 lead with 10 minutes to play.