Grambling pulls away early to beat Portland 70-58
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ivy Smith Jr. had 13 points and nine assists and Grambling pulled away early to beat Portland 70-58 on Saturday night.
Grambling (5-6) snapped a two-game skid while Portland (6-6) has lost four of its last five games.
Dallas Polk-Hilliard added 12 points, Lasani Johnson had 11 and Zavier Peart chipped in with 10 for Grambling. Johnson made three 3-pointers and Peart had a game-high nine rebounds.
Grambling took the lead for good with about 17 minutes left and built a 60-50 advantage with 3:42 remaining. The Pilots pulled to 60-56 but Anthony Gaston hit a 3 with 1:15 left to spark a 10-2 surge.